Awards & criteria

This award will be presented to an Ontario police officer, corrections officer or other law enforcement or criminal justice official, civilian or uniformed, who are “out” (identifies as LGBTQ2).  The recipient is inspirational; and works tirelessly to build positive relationships and trust within their respective organization, law enforcement community and the public.  The recipient is a role-model; has high ethical standards; supports and raises the profile of the LGBTQ2 community within the law enforcement, corrections or criminal justice sector.

LGBTQ2 Visibility Award

LGBTQ2 Ally Award

This award will be presented to a Ontario police officer, corrections officer or other law enforcement official, civilian or uniformed, who identifies as an LGBTQ2 ally and whom work tirelessly to build positive relationships and trust within their respective organization, law enforcement community and the public. The recipient provides outstanding and significant support to LGBTQ law enforcement community and embodies the principles of diversity, inclusion and equity through their work.

LGBTQ2 Youth Award

This award will be presented to an Ontario youth (age 17-26) who is currently enrolled in a police, corrections or criminal justice program or training.  This young person may identify as LGBTQ2 or as an ally.  The recipient of the award must have proven themselves as a leader within their community, who consistently embodies the principles of diversity, inclusion and equity to raise awareness and provide a positive example to their peers.

Selection and Nomination Process

One award will be given for each of the three categories of awards:  LGBTQ2 Visibility Award, LGBTQ2 Ally Award and LGBTQ2 Youth Award.

The recipients will be selected by the Serving with Pride Board of Directors, from among all nominees based on nomination packages and criteria of each award.

Current SWP board members are not eligable to recieve an award.

All recipients will be announced and awards presented at the annual OUT OF THE BLUE gala and awards night.  Award winners will be notified in advance and provided with two complimentary tickets to the gala and awards night along with one night accommodation at the venue.

Serving with Pride members, employees working in policing, corrections or the criminal justice sectors or students of (or in training) and anyone who can validate a nomination are encouraged to submit eligible/deserving candidates.

Send a MS Word or PDF document via email to awards@servingwithpride.ca with the name of the award that should be considered, name of nominee, agency they represent or program/training that the youth is enrolled, name and contact information for the person submitting the nomination, and rationale that meets all criteria. 

The nomination package should be no longer than 500 words and must be received by midnight, September 15, 2019.  Nominations received after that time and day will not be considered.

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