Get to know our nominees for Community of the Year, one of several Simcoe County Pride Awards, in our final installment of "Meet Our Nominees."
Find bios for all categories and nominees here. Don't forget to get your tickets to our Pride Awards Gala, a fundraiser and celebration happening August 11!
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is situated at the southern end of Simcoe County on the renowned Holland Marsh. The marsh’s black organic soils make the community one of Canada’s biggest carrot-producing regions, which gave rise to one of Ontario’s Top 100 festivals and events – Carrot Fest – which draws thousands of visitors every August.
The Town’s 35,000 residents are spread across an expansive rural area, several small hamlets, and the larger urban area of Bradford. The Town of BWG is a community that loves to celebrate its heritage, including the many origins, beliefs and attributes of its residents. One of Simcoe’s most culturally and linguistically diverse municipalities, BWG’s local government supports frequent events including flag raisings, festivals and workshops that encourage celebration, awareness and inclusion of all.
The Town has been a proud partner of Fierté Simcoe Pride for many years, hosting annual flag raisings and most recently a candlelight vigil. In the urban centre of Bradford, the Town’s Public Library and Cultural Centre is a constantly bustling hub of community activity. In 2018 the library was proud to expand its Pride Month offerings with a calendar of fun and informative events not only for the LGBTQ+ community but for all residents.
The City of Orillia is a wonderful place to call home and a fabulous place to visit. Located in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country, Orillia is a four-season playground on the beautiful shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
Whether you are enjoying the tranquility of our beautiful parks and trail system, or exploring our vibrant downtown with its quaint shops, restaurants and cafés, Orillia offers a wide variety of opportunities for all.
Each year, the City of Orillia participates in Fierté Simcoe Pride Week by raising the Rainbow Pride flag and issuing a proclamation.
True democracy only works when it works for everyone. We believe establishing a meaningful, inclusive environment creates a true community.
We encourage residents to participate in Fierté Simcoe Pride Week activities to further promote inclusion in our community.
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The board will post updates, news and event details for Fierté Simcoe Pride.