2014 Hero Awards

Each year, NSRAP seeks to recognize those members of our communities who are making a difference in the lives of others and helping further equality for all Nova Scotians. We are now now accepting nominations for the following awards.

Rev. Darlene Young Community Hero Award

NSRAP created this award in 2008 as a means of recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ* communities in Nova Scotia. It is named after the late Reverend Darlene Young, a former NSRAP board member and pastor of the Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church.
Past recipients include the Valley Youth Project, Karen Finnegan (a social worker), Marshall Haywood (operator of Venus Envy Halifax), Eric Smith (AIDS activist), Kim Vance (LGBTQ activist with ARC International) and Daniel MacKay (publisher of Wayves).

Raymond Taavel Media Award*

Recognizing an individual or organization for work in the traditional or social media educating the public on news or issues affecting the LGBT community. This Award has been renamed in 2012 to honour the memory of Raymond Taavel – a gay community activist who worked in the media as a Wayves editor/contributor and as an employee of the Shambhala Sun.
Past recipients have included CBC Radio One’s Mainstreet & Maritime Magazine (for coverage of LGBTQ issues) and Jesiah MacDonald (for his public advocacy for trans* rights).

Turret Stewardship Award*

Recognizing an organization that has significantly enhanced the capacities of Nova Scotia’s LGBTQ community. This award is named for the late ‘70s LGBTQ community-run social space in Halifax’s iconic Khyber Building.
Past recipients include the AIDS Coaliton of Cape Breton, prideHealth, and Northwood.

*Please note: the NSRAP Board of Directors will only select a winner in this category if they feel there is a truly outstanding nominee.

Nominations for 2014 are now closed.

Awards Ceremony

The 2014 Community Hero Awards will be presented at a first Community Heroes Awards & Dance Party at The Company House, on Wednesday, October 29th, featuring celebrity host Elle Noir with music by DJ Regalia. (RSVP via Facebook)

Doors will open at 7 pm, and the awards presentations will take place from 8 pm to 9 pm, with the dance following.
The Company house is an accessible venue.

Admission is Pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10.

*Because The Company House is a licensed facility, youth under 19 years of age should be accompanied by a responsible adult and are asked to leave following the conclusion of the Awards presentations. Adults wishing to use the bar should be sure to have valid photo ID, and are requested to bear in mind that younger people will also be present as our guests.

Nominations and Selections

Organizations may nominate themselves for awards, whereas awards for individuals require a separate Nominator. Your nomination should include:

  • The award for which you are nominating someone.
  • Your information as nominator – name, e-mail address and telephone number.
  • The information of your nominee – name, e-mail address, telephone number and address (no need for mailing address, just list their home town).
  • Some background about your nominee. We want the selection committee to know this person (or organization) so tell us a bit about who they are, what their background is, etc.
  • Your nominee’s positive contribution to Nova Scotia’s LGBTQ* communities. Tell us what they’ve done and how it has changed the lives of others. Try to keep it brief but passionate!

Once you’ve submitted your form, you can submit additional information (such as letters of support) by e-mail to nsrap@nsrap.ca.

Remember that Nominees are selected based on the strength of the submission; provide relevant and compelling information.

Award winners will be selected by the NSRAP Board of Directors.

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