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Pride London Festival Award Winners

Posted July 6, 2016


Wednesday, July 6, 2016
 
The Pride London Festival Board of Directors are extremely excited to announce the recipients of the 2016 Pride London Festival Awards. And the winners are!
 
R. BRUCE FLOWERS
2016 Ken Sadler Award Winner for Individual Contribution
 
In 1992, Bruce Flowers saw a need & stepped up to the plate to create & curate the first art show, to celebrate our Queer sensibilities. The show went on. Bruce was the curator of the Art Exhibition from 1992 to 1996. He not only was curator/organizer of the Art Exhibition, he recruited the artists to participate & displayed his own works of art. He has continued to work on the organizing committee with a watchful eye, sharing words of wisdom & continues to display his artwork. For 25 years, Bruce has made a positive change in the way LGBT art is seen within London & surrounding area.
 
THAMES VALLEY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
2016 Pride London Festival Organization Contribution Award Winner
 
The TVDSB has shown an ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive culture in our schools, & help to ensure the safety of all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender diversity & gender expression. TVDSB’s Safe Schools has supported The Pledge to End Bullying, the Hear It! Stop It! Campaign, all-gender washrooms, & several other initiatives that help make our schools safer for students. This year’s 10th Annual GSA Conference was extremely well attended. Schools have organized their own events in honour of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. Recently, some schools showed support for the Orlando victims through rainbow days & flying the Pride flag.
 
BLACK FLY BEVERAGE COMPANY
2016 Pride London Festival Business Contribution Award Winner
 
Black Fly’s commitment to London’s LGBT communities is evident through their continued support of Pride London Festival over several years. They sponsored the 2016 Fierté Canada Pride & InterPride Region 7 Conference & AGM, where London hosted delegates from coast to coast. When Pride asks, Black Fly is always willing to help. Black Fly believes in diversity. A local employment agency remarked, “Black fly in an incredible employer. They truly believe in hiring to reflect the community. They believe in hiring for a person’s ability & potential. Black Fly hires people from all walks of life & believes everyone deserves a chance.”
 
Please join us for the 2016 Pride London Festival Awards on Sat. July 16th from 6 - 9pm in the Community Meeting Room & Rooftop Terrace, The Cornerstone, 332 Richmond St., so that we can celebrate the wonderful contributions these recipients have made to our communities.

The 2016 Pride London Festival Awards are proudly sponsored by London Economic Development Corp. & Cohen Highley.
 
For media inquiries, please contact:
 
Chad Callander - Vice-President, Pride London Festival - chad@pridelondon.ca

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