Community Hero Awards

NSRAP’s Community Hero Awards ceremony is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate key individuals and groups who have demonstrated dedication to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. In the past, the awards were an annual celebration, with the last ceremony taking place in 2014. The Leighann Wichman Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded for the first time at the 2015 NSRAP Gala.

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.

Leighann Wichman Lifetime Achievement Award

This award was created in 2015, to honour an individual who’s long term commitment to LGBTQ activism and leadership has had immeasurable impact on the lives of LGBTQ people across Nova Scotia. The award is named Leighann Wichman, who was a dedicated leader, educator and advocate in the LGBTQ community. Wichman was a founder and longtime executive director of the Youth Project.

Inaugural recipient: Lynn Murphy

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