2019 Pride Award Winners Announced!
The 2019 Pride London Festival is shaping up to be an amazing celebration, with more than 40 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 2019 Pride London Festival Awards!
2019 London Pride Parade Grand Marshal
For over four decades, Martin Withenshaw has been a dedicated and passionate LGBT2Q+ advocate in London. Since the late 1980s, Martin has worked with countless organizations around the city to promote equality and acceptance for the LGBT2Q+ communities, people with disabilities and newcomers to London. Martin was an active member of the Homophile Association of London Ontario (HALO) for many years, where he volunteered as secretary and in 1994 chaired HALO’s 20thanniversary celebrations. In 2011, Martin was elected to the Pride London Festival Board of Directors, where he served as president, treasurer and currently advises the board in the role of past president. Most recently, Martin founded the Rainbow Optimist Club of London Ontario, the first LGBT2Q+ club in the world. The goal of the club is to better the lives of LGBT2Q+ rural youth, their families and communities.
“Being the Grand Marshal for the 25th Annual London Pride Parade is a huge honour, thank you! I stand tall on the shoulders of the people who came before me and will continue to promote diversity and inclusion for all in the years to come." – Martin Withenshaw
2019 Ken Sadler Award Winner for Individual Contribution
After coming out and transitioning publicly in the workplace, Mayson Fulk has used his lived experiences to educate others and make positive changes within the United Steelworkers (USW). Mayson is a member USW Local 2699 and was appointed the district’s first Trans Liaison. Mayson advocated for several years to have USW participate in London’s Pride Parade and in 2017, they marched for the first time.
In addition to his work with USW, Mayson is actively involved with Trans* London and PFLAG London Chapter. In 2018, Mayson was awarded the Ontario Federation of Labour Solidarity and Pride Award for his dedication to advocacy and for his work spearheading the “Transitioning in the Workplace Manual,” which is now under development at USW.
CROSS CULTURAL LEARNER CENTRE
2019 Pride London Festival Organization Contribution Award Winner
For over fifty years, Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) has been dedicated to providing integration services and support to newcomers and to promote intercultural awareness and understanding. Among their many programs, is the LGBTQ Settlement Services, which helps new Canadians with information and orientation, problem solving, advocacy, help with immigration and Canadian documentation and much more.
Additionally, CCLC provide anti-homophobia trainings within the newcomer population (ESL/LINC Schools) and also provide LGBTQ awareness training in collaboration with other agencies who serve newcomers. The monthly social group provides a warm, safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning) newcomers.
Please join us for the 2019 Pride London Festival Awards on Saturday, July 20th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Civic Gardens Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, so that we can celebrate the wonderful contributions these recipients have made to our communities!
The 2019 Pride London Festival Awards are proudly co-sponsored by Cohen Highley LLP & the London Economic Development Corporation.
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Andrew Rosser - President, Pride London Festival - firstname.lastname@example.org