Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, MCC Toronto, accepts the award and the donation from the Simcoe County MCC.
Volunteers worked hard preparing the meal.
Rev. Dr. BrentHawkes, MCC Toronto, and Simcoe County MCC Pastor, Carol Galbraith.
The silent auction raised funds in support of Simcoe MCC.
Anne & Elaine Vautour, Kevin Bourassa & Joe Varnell, with a supporter from the day care centre of Grace United Church, Barrie (home to Simcoe MCC too).



Advocacy - Awards

September 30, 2001

Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church
2001 Heroes

"Each year Simcoe County MCC proudly holds a banquet and awards ceremony to honour people and organizations who have supported and advocated for the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender community in positive ways within Simcoe County.

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!!"
From Simcoe County MCC announcement, 2001

Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church 2001 HeroesWe wish to thank Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Simcoe County (GLAS) for their support! What a privilege it is to work in partnership with a growing team of people committed to equality; it is humbling and inspiring.

Last night, with Anne & Elaine Vautour, and Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, we had the honour to be recognized by Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church, for our advocacy of equal marriage. This was the first time that Simcoe MCC had honoured people outside of their community. The evening included a silent auction in support of Simcoe MCC, a wonderful banquet prepared by volunteers in the church kitchen, the awards presentation, and a wonderful surprise!

Simcoe MCC and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Simcoe County (GLAS) presented MCC Toronto with a cheque in support of the marriage legal defense fund. GLAS raised the funds by holding a dance and a 50:50 draw (the winners donated their preceedings back into the fund!). Simcoe MCC matched the funds.

As someone from Simcoe MCC said, "That's more money than our church has ever had in the bank!".

We were tremendously moved by the commitment and involvement of the Simcoe area in making change happen - one person at a time.

Despite the heat in the kitchen, the volunteers managed to put together a fabulous banquet of salads, corn, carrots, green beans, potatoes, roast beef, turkey, gravies, etc. Again, the spirit of teamwork, people helping each other, was key to their success.



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