2011 Community Hero Awards Gala

2011 Gala Poster

NSRAP’s 2011 Community Hero Awards Gala was held on Saturday, October 22nd at the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront, 1919 Upper Water Street.

The gala began at 6 with cocktails at while attendees had a chance to review and bid on silent auction items. Dinner was served at 7 p.m. During dinner, attendees were entertained by our hostess Candy Palmater and our keynote speaker Matt Alber. Matt also performed some of his music for everyone’s enjoyment. There was a brief review of NSRAP’s achievements in the past year by our Chair, Matt Numer. The presentation of awards (including the Reverend Darlene Young Community Hero Award) took place during the meal. Nearing the end of the meal, winners of the silent auction items were announced.

Takin’ It To The Streets!

We are proud to welcome Matt Alber as our Keynote Speaker. Matt is a gay American singer/songwriter, who is a supporter and advocate for organizations who provide services to LGBT Homeless Youth. Prior to launching his solo career, Matt was a member of a Chanticleer – a professional classical men’s ensemble, which recorded two Grammy® award-winning albums.

Candy Palmater will be reprising her role as our Celebrity Mistress of Ceremonies.  She is a self-proclaimed recovered lawyer who turned from the courts to the comedy stage. She is the creator, producer and star of The Candy Show for the APTN network. The show is a night time variety program showcasing the talent of the East Coast of Canada. Candy is a big music fan and in her show always brings her musical guests into a replica of her high school bedroom to conduct her very unique interviews.


NSRAP is proud to once again offer the Rev. Darlene Young Community Hero Award. NSRAP created the Community Hero Award in 2008 as a means of recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community in Nova Scotia. It is re-named after the late Reverend Darlene Young, a former NSRAP board member and pastor of the Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church.

For 2011, we recognized Marshall Haywood of Venus Envy for their work in sex education, volunteering in our community and providing a safe space for queer expression.

We also honoured Northwood for their efforts to provide an inclusive space for LGBTQ seniors and staff as the inaugural winner of our Corporate Stewardship Award.


Rodeo Drive ($2,500)

Marriott Halifax Harbourfront Atlantic Lottery

Spring Garden Road ($1,250)

Robson Street (Auction Sponsors)

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