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2018 Pride London Festival Awards Announcement

Posted June 29, 2018


Friday, June 29, 2018

The 2018 Pride London Festival is shaping up to be an amazing celebration, with more than 35 events over 11 fantastic days. 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 2018 Pride London Festival Awards!  

SAIDAT
2018 London Pride Parade Grand Marshal  

Saidat is a children's entertainer & public speaker. Born with a desire to make people smile and a wish to build confidence in the younger generation, Saidat has now reached over 500,000 students across Canada. Saidat's message of encouragement, self-worth and community-mindedness is now also motivating a global audience. She presents a very strong message that comes from the heart - One person can make a difference, together we can change the world.  

“It is important that we remember Pride began as an uprising to counter the mistreatment of members of the LGBT2Q+ communities. I am in awe of the people who sacrificed their time, talents and safety for those first Pride days. It is very humbling to know that many lost their very lives in order for us to be able to live with Pride openly. I am grateful that Pride has become a time to celebrate ourselves, our loves, our friendships, our families and our community.” – Saidat

SHERRI MOORE
2018 Ken Sadler Award Winner for Individual Contribution  

Sherri Moore got involved in Pride in 2008, when she joined the Board of Directors and coordinated the first ever “KidZone” for the festival. Since then, Sherri has participated in the festival every year in various volunteer capacities, most notably driving the Grand Marshal car in the annual parade for the past six years. Sherri is president of London Middlesex Roller Derby and is putting the finishing touches on her B.A. at Western University, where she has worked since shortly after moving from Toronto in 2000.  

“Ken Sadler was Secretary while I was on the Board, and working with him was wonderful. He was such a terrific person. It is a great honour to receive this award in his name and I will cherish it.“ – Sherri Moore  

TRANS* LONDON
2018 Pride London Festival Organization Contribution Award Winner  

Trans* London is a grassroots community organization that supports London’s Transgender community through monthly social groups, summer picnics, the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and various Pride events. Started in 2009 by Kimberly Hotham, Trans* London has changed and evolved to continually meet the needs of its members. Recently Trans* London has found a new home at Innovation Works, which offers lots of space, accessibility, and foremost safety for all who attend. After 10 years of dedication, Kimberly stepped back from the everyday operations, passing the torch to Elliot and Christa Duvall.

“Through this award I am extremely pleased that the Transgender Community is both included and recognized for our contributions to both our Rainbow and Regional communities.” – Kimberly Hotham  

Please join us for the 2018 Pride London Festival Awards on Saturday, July 21st from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the Town Hall Room (3rd Floor) in Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton Street West, so that we can celebrate the wonderful contributions these recipients have made to our communities.  

For media inquiries, please contact:  Andrew Rosser - President, Pride London Festival - andrew@pridelondon.ca                  

PRIDE LONDON FESTIVAL (July 19th – 29th, 2018)
Pride London Festival is a volunteer non-profit organization that works to organize an annual opportunity to bring together the LGBT2Q+ 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 nights, 3-day outdoor festival, awards night & annual London Pride Parade.     
 

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