The tri-Pride Community Awards recognize the accomplishments of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered/Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and supportive groups and organizations within Waterloo Region. Making visible the work of these individuals and groups is truly important; it fosters community engagement and rewards the services that people contribute to make Waterloo Region a better place for everyone.
There is a total of four categories in which the community can nominate within.
One member of the LGBTQ community shall be recognized for OUTstanding Individual and contributions to the LGBTQ community of Waterloo Region and area. Examples of contribution include community service, political activism, advocacy, efforts to raise awareness, singular contributions to groups or individuals that stand out, and educational service.
One member of the LGBTQ community shall be recognized for OUTstanding Youth for their work and contributions to the LGBTQ community of Waterloo Region and area. This particular award will be presented to a youth between the ages of 14-24. Examples of contribution include community service, political activism, advocacy, efforts to raise awareness, singular contributions to groups or individuals that stand out, and educational service.
It takes moxy to be a business which stands up and out to support the LGBTQ community. The OUTstanding Business Award will recognize one business in Waterloo Region and area which has contributed to community involvement, positive and equitable business practices, unwavering support of LGBTQ initiatives and most progressive attitude and actions in support of LGBTQ persons, their friends, families and allies.
LGBTQ Community Builder
In Honour of Robin’s Nest
What is a community but the sum of the people within it and how they organize to create social groups? The best of these are those groups demonstrating a powerful commitment to positive change and worthwhile contribution to the community in which they operate. The LGBTQ Community Builder, in honour of Robin’s Nest, with be awarded to a non-profit social and/or community group providing services to the LGBTQ community of Waterloo Region and area.
Nominations for the 2013 year are now closed.
• Self-nomination is not acceptable.
• ALL fields on the form (below) must be completed in full, otherwise the nomination shall not be considered.
• No nomination will be accepted after the deadline date.
• Members of the current tri-Pride Board of Directors or Nominations Committee are not eligible for nomination.
• To see recent past recipients of the tri-Pride Community Awards, please see at the bottom.
The Nominations Committee will be responsible for selecting winners among nominations. The Nominations Committee will consist of local LGTBQ persons and report to the tri-Pride Community Association Board of Directors, with the Director of Marketing/Publications acting as Committee Co-Chair.
Announcement and Presentment
tri-Pride Community Awards recipients will be announced at the tri-Pride Community Festival, taking place in front of Kitchener City Hall. Advance notice will be offered to award recipients to ensure they will be in attendance to receive the award.
2013 Award Winners
OUTstanding Individual - Bradley Hamacher
OUTstanding Youth - Jessica del Rosso
OUTstanding Business - The Jane Bond
Robin’s Nest Community Builder – Langs
2012 Award Winners
OUTstanding Individual - Sue Weare
OUTstanding Youth - Spencer Small
OUTstanding Business - Sizzle
Robin’s Nest Community Builder – Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition
2011 Award Winners
OUTstanding Individual – Shelley Secrett
OUTstanding Youth – Kate Klein
OUTstanding Business – Little Bean Coffee Bar
Robin’s Nest Community Builder – GLOW
2010 Award Winners
OUTstanding Individual – Judith Lodi
OUTstanding Business – Waterloo Region Record
OUTstanding Youth – Jestina Hafermehl
LGBTQ Community Builder – Waterloo Public Interest Research Group
2009 Award Winners
OUTstanding Individual – Brooke Young
OUTstanding Business – Walper Terrace Hotel
LGBTQ Community Builder – OK2BME
2005 Award Winners
Friends of Dorothy Bowling League
2004 Award Winners
Egale Canada (Ottawa)
Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium (Vancouver)
519 Church Street Community Centre (Toronto)
Glad Day Bookshop (Toronto)
2002 Award Winners
Gregory (Greg) Cassidy (awarded posthumously)
Annie Nixon and the Robin’s Nest
Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes (Kitchener) Inc.
Scott N. Schau
2000 Award Winner
Thank you to the Grand River Rainbow Historical Project for their assistance in gathering this information!