Public Service Pride Awards

About the 2023 Public Service Pride Awards

The recipients of the Public Service Pride Awards of Excellence will be announced each August during the Annual Public Service Pride Week. The call for nominations will open in March.

These awards honour individuals, teams and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in promoting and strengthening 2SLGBTQIA+ diversity, inclusion, and pride across the federal public service.

Five (5) Awards will be presented. See below for more information on the Award categories.

Public Service Pride Awards Categories

Agent of Change Award

An award for advocates and leaders who are initiating and driving action to remove systemic barriers and advance the inclusion and integration of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in the federal public service. This action-oriented individual is amplifying the voices of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities within their department/agency or across the federal family. This individual’s actions will have led to a marked improvement in their workplace.

Pride Network of the Year Award

An award to a departmental or agency pride network that stood out over the course of the year through its work in advancing 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion across their department or agency.

Workplace Pride Initiative of the Year Award

An award for a novel workplace policy, plan, event or activity that has demonstrated benefit for 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion in the workplace.

Career Impact Award

An award that recognizes individuals who have made a lasting impact during their career. This individual’s long-standing and active support of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities within the federal public service will have had a cumulative and substantial impact.

New: Department / Agency Award for Excellence in Pride Leadership

An award that celebrates one department or agency who, through sustained organization-wide actions or initiatives has demonstrated exceptional leadership in supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ employees.

For example, this award could recognize a department or agency that has made meaningful improvements to internal processes and procedures relevant to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities or implemented a series of initiatives of benefit to these communities.

Previous Editions of the Public Service Pride Awards

2023 Winners

Agent of Change Award

Megan Otu
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Kaye Low
Veterans Affairs Canada

Major André P. Jean
Canadian Armed Forces / National Defence

Amér Mubaslat
Global Affairs Canada

Andrew Caldwell
Employment and Social Development Canada

Workplace Pride Initiative of the Year Award

Elliott L. Welch Memorial Award
Employment and Social Development Canada

Pride Network Award

3rd CDSB Edmonton Defence Team Pride Advisory Organization
National Defence

Career Impact Award

Andrea Markowski
Correctional Service of Canada

Department / Agency Award for Excellence in Pride Leadership

Justice Canada

2022 Winners

Agent of Change Award

David Beamer, Canada Revenue Agency
Dr. Holly Ellingwood, Public Safety Canada
Lee Nevens, Justice Canada
Lydia Lipic, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Jefferson Morris IV, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Pride Network Award

Defense Team Pride Advisory Organization, Department of National Defense and Canadian Armed Forces

Workplace Pride Initiative of the Year Award

Directive on Inclusive Sanitary Facility Design, Parks Canada

Career Impact Award

Missy Marston-Shmelzer, Canadian Heritage

Pioneer Award

Michelle Douglas, LGBT Purge Fund

2021 Winners

Agent of Change Award

David Da Silva, Global Affairs Canada
Johanne Charest, Canada Border Services Agency
Teresa Joudrie, Indigenous Services Canada
Taryn Husband, Global Affairs Canada 
Tamara Lopez, Canada Border Services Agency
Richard Hansen, Canada Revenue Agency

Pride Network Award

Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusiveness Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Workplace Pride Initiative of the Year Award

Universally Accessible Washrooms in Terrasses de la Chaudière Complex
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Indigenous Services Canada, Canadian Heritage

Career Impact Award

Artur Wilczynski, Communications Security Establishment
Guy Desaulniers, Public Service Commission

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