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Thunder Bay announced annual Respect Award recipients

By CJ Goater Mar 22, 2024 | 3:18 PM

2024 respect award recipients - Supplied Photo City of Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay has announced the recipients of the twelfth annual Respect Awards.

The recipients were announced during Diversity Thunder Bay’s Annual event, marking the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Two of the awards are presented annually, one for an individual and one for a local organization or business.

Mary Kozorys was the individual recipient for her work as a community volunteer and program coordinator for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario. There, she helps bridge gaps for women and gender-diverse people in conflict with the law.

As an advocate, Mary’s dedication to respect means honouring people where they are and recognizing the value of human dignity. She’s helped countless women and gender-diverse people chart healthier, safer paths forward.

The group recipient was The Walleye, a Thunder Bay art and cultural alternative magazine.

Since 2010 the magazine has offered readers a window into the talented people and inspiring places that define Thunder Bay. With an eye for diversity and inclusion, the Walleye features artists, musicians, and influencers, along with social and environmental commentary, that help promote pride of place and acceptance in our community.

“We are so pleased to honour two very deserving recipients with this year’s respect. Award for their empowerment of others, and by leading with compassion, dedication and respect,” said Chair of the Community Safety & Well-Being Advisory Committee, Diane Walker. “Congratulations to Mary Kozorys and The Walleye for their important contributions towards fostering compassion, dignity, equity and inclusion, and for their service to our community.”