2017 Grand Marshal & Award Winners Announced
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Planning for the 2017 Pride London Festival is well underway and this year is shaping up to be an amazing celebration, with many events over 11 fantastic days.
Pride London Festival wants to acknowledge that the land on which we gather each year, is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendt, Attawandaron and Lenape Indigenous peoples. In this spirit and in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday this year, Pride London Festival is welcoming members of our Two-Spirit and Indigenous communities to lead the parade, followed by a procession of Canadian provincial and territorial flags.
The Pride London Festival Board of Directors are also extremely excited to announce our Grand Marshal for this year’s Pride Parade and the recipients of the 2017 Pride London Festival Awards!
2017 London Pride Parade Grand Marshal
Suzanne Couture has been a dedicated advocate and leader in London’s LGBT community for more than 30 years. Suzanne was an active member of the Homophile Assn. of London Ontario (HALO), serving as Secretary, Chair of the Anniversary Pride Committee and twice as Miss HALO. Suzanne has reigned three times for the Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of London Southwestern Ontario Inc. and has raised money for countless local charities. Suzanne was instrumental in the first London Pride March in 1995 and has served as Parade Chair from 2008 – 2009. Suzanne’s commitment to community makes her an ideal choice for this year’s Grand Marshal.
2017 Ken Sadler Award Winner for Individual Contribution
Matt Reid was born and raised in London and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A. Hons) and the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (J.D.). He has been actively involved in the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) for many years and recently was elected the first openly gay Chair of a school board in Ontario. Matt currently works at Cohen Highley LLP, and practices in the area of Civil Litigation specializing in plaintiff personal injury. Matt has been a champion for LGBT+ issues within the TVDSB and has championed several schools to fly the Pride Flag annually. Matt’s strong leadership, volunteerism and commitment to London and area students, make him a perfect choice for this year’s Ken Sadler Award Winner for Individual Contribution.
JOHN GORDON HOME – A Program of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
2017 Pride London Festival Organization Contribution Award Winner
The John Gordon Home opened its doors in 1992 and was Canada's first hospice built exclusively to meet the needs of those living with HIV or AIDS. The John Gordon Home’s purpose was to provide a safe, home-like environment for those in the end stages of AIDS and HIV infection, and has grown into the John Gordon Home of today; A place where people living with HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis-C receive compassionate care and supportive housing that builds on individual strengths to promote wellness and independence. This year, the John Gordon Home celebrates 25 years of serving Londoners and Pride London Festival is proud to recognize this amazing organization in our community.
Please join us for the 2017 Pride London Festival Awards on Sat. July 22nd 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.
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Andrew Rosser - President, Pride London Festival - firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIDE LONDON FESTIVAL (July 20th – 30th, 2017)
Pride London Festival is a volunteer non-profit organization that works to organize an annual opportunity to bring together the LGBT+ communities and our allies, through events and activities, which promote unity, inclusion and awareness of sexual and gender diversity. The festival takes place each July and features a variety of events over 11 days, including an art show, comedy night, 3-day outdoor festival, awards night & annual London Pride Parade.