Inspire Awards

A night of achievement and inspiration

published: December, 20, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Community Events, Inspire Awards , Events, Events

December 14th, at the Courtyard Marriot in Toronto, the first Inspire Awards Presents a Lifetime of Achievement evening took place honouring three outstanding people in the LGBTQ community in the greater Toronto area.

A night of achievement and inspiration

Photograph: Etobicoke School for the Arts performers by On Q Photography for INSPIRE AWARDS. I was very proud to have PositiveLite.com as a partner in the first Inspire Awards night back in the summer just before pride. With the popularity of the first awardsnight came the idea of honoring lifetime achievement. One of this year's recipients was Boyd Kodak who has accomplished so much, not just in his work on trans and human rights issues, but also in the arts, film and performance. (Bob Leah

A lifetime of achievement

published: December, 07, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Inspire Awards , Events, Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the remarkable human rights trailblazer and transman Boyd Kodak, one of the recipients of the Inspire Lifetime Achievement Awards being honoured December 14 in Toronto.

A lifetime of achievement

Boyd Kodak is a musician, writer, filmmaker and festival curator. And that's just the start!~ Bob Leahy: Congratulations on being honoured with an Inspire Award for Lifetime Achievement in our community. I see the awards ceremony is coming up December 14.  But first things first. What are you going to wear? Boyd Kodak: So excited, got some awesome tails…always wanted to wear tails…hot new shoes in shades of pewter…still looking for just the right bowtie :~) BL: Seriously, tell me

What do Michelle DuBarry, Boyd Kodak, and Jack Layton all have in common?

published: November, 08, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Community Events, Inspire Awards , Events, Brian Finch

They are all role models and recipients of the inaugural Inspire Lifetime Achievement Awards

What do Michelle DuBarry, Boyd Kodak, and Jack Layton all have in common?

What do Michelle DuBarry, Boyd Kodak, and the lateJack Layton all have in common? They are all recipients of the inaugural Inspire Lifetime Achievement Awards, happening December 14th at the Courtyard Marriot, Toronto. In the case of Jack Layton, his posthumous award is as an “honorary” recipient. These awards celebrate the work of pioneers in the LGBTQ community. PositiveLite.com is a partner in the Inspire Awards non-for-profit inc. that is organizing the event. I’ll leave a link for t

Inspire Awards Winners, LBGTQ Youth, Person & Business of the Year.

published: June, 20, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Inspire Awards , Contributors, Events, Brian Finch

As time passed, plans grew. An idea soon had partners, then a fabulous launch venue, Casa Loma

Inspire Awards Winners, LBGTQ Youth, Person & Business of the Year.

On June 16th, last Thursday, I was honoured to be part of the first Inspire Awards celebrating achievement in the LGBTQ community. There were three categories -  Person, Youth, and Business of the Year, all in the greater Toronto area. This great new initiative was lead by Antoine Elhashem of Pink Play Mags and the Pink Pages Directory. The supporting partners are Pride Toronto, Rainbow High Vactions, PLAG Canada, PFLAG Toronto, PFLAG Durham Region, PFLAG York Region, Pride Durham, D