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July 19, 2006

CIBC 2006 Diversity Awards

First gay marriage was supported by CIBC - 2006 Diversity Award for "courage in changing the world" We were in Greece when CIBC's 2006 Diversity Awards were presented in Toronto. We were proud to be among the bank's honoured list but, with regret, we were unable to attend. CIBC's Chief Compliance Officer Tim Moseley said the evening was a celebration of "the unique achievements of individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations in advancing diversity as a business ideal at CIBC."

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July 25, 2005

World Congress MCC Founder's Award

Metropolitan Community Churches Founder's Award.The Metropolitan Community Churches held a World Congress General Conference (XXII) in Calgary Alberta, from July 21 through 26, 2005. Twenty countries participated. We were honoured to be presented, in regretable absence, the MCC Founder's Award, with a citation reading, "For your diligent work in having your marriage performed in Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto and then suing your government and winning marriage rights for all of us." We deeply thank everyone at MCC for your prayers, love, leadership, and support.


November 15, 2004

Equality Forum: 40 years, 40 heroes

Canadians involved in same-sex marriage battle honored in Equality Forum's 40th Anniversary of gay and lesbian civil rights movement.Equality Forum announced that the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement will be held in Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park on May 1, 2005. Thirty-seven individuals, a company, and two couples involved in the fight for gay marriage, will be honored as heroes from the 40 year movement for equality.

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March 23, 2004

2004 San Francisco Equality Awards

2004 San Francisco Equality Awards - celebrating same-sex marriageLast weekend we were guests of Equality California where we were honored for the work we have been doing for gay marriage. It was an amazing weekend in all ways, with fellow honorees San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, California Assemblyman Mark Leno, Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden, Kate Kendell, Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and around 600 guests celebrating same-sex marriage.

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October 18, 2003

Equality Forum's
Distinguished Leadership Award

Distinguished leadership award for Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell from the Equality ForumEquality Forum, the largest international GLBT civil rights forum, presented its Distinguished Leadership Award to us two days ago. The award was given to us on the day Equality Forum announced that Canada is its 2004 Featured Nation. Equality Forum 2004 will be held from Monday, April 26th to Sunday, May 2nd in Philadelphia. We are honored to have Equality Forum, the premiere international GLBT forum bestow this award. We look forward to serving on the International Family Values Panel and Gay Marriage Panel at Equality Forum 2004.

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September 30, 2001

Simcoe County MCC
2001 Heroes

Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church 2001 HeroesLast night, Pastor Rev. Carol Galbraith, Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church read a proclamation at a gala dinner honouring us for our involvement in the Ontario marriage challenge: "In January of 2001 Rev. Brent Hawkes of MCC Toronto along with two couples Kevin Bourassa & Joe Varnell and Anne & Elaine Vautour, challenged the provincial laws around registration of marriage for same sex couples. Because of this couragious and important event we honour them as our 2001 Heroes!!"

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