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Nominees announced for Simcoe County Pride Awards

Awards will be handed out during annual gala Aug. 10
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Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) is proud to announce the nominees for the 5th annual Simcoe County Pride Awards, presented during the 8th annual Fierté Simcoe Pride (July 29 - Aug. 11).

The awards recognise the accomplishments of gender and sexually diverse (GSD) individuals, allies, organisations and inclusive businesses. FSP recognises the work of individuals, organisations and businesses that strive to celebrate diversity and promote an inclusion.

The Awards will honour a GSD resident and youth, a community, an organisation and business for their contributions that make our county a better place to live, work and grow.

Youth of the Year - Nominees
Oliver Balika
Nathan Kup

Person of the Year - Nominees
Keenan Aylwin
Betony Main
Carl LeMesurier
Jessica Van de Kemp
John Niles

Organization of the Year - Nominees
The Gilbert Centre
St. Paul's United Church and Centre
The Quoir
Bradford Women’s+ Group
Wasaga Beach Youth Centre

Business of the Year - Nominees
Central Ontario Broadcasting
Torn Pages
Grounded Coffee
HGS Canada
Express Aid Pharmacy

Community of the Year - Nominees
The City of Barrie
The Town of Innisfil
Lifetime Achievement Award - Recipient
Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

The recipients in the first five categories will be announced at the Awards Gala on August 10. Tickets can be purchased on a sliding-scale at For biographies on the candidates, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for local businesses, individuals and groups. To sponsor an award, or the gala, visit for details.