The 12th annual respect. Award recipients were announced during Diversity Thunder Bay’s Annual event, marking the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Two respect. Awards are presented annually, one for an individual and one for a local organization or business.

Mary Kozorys received a respect. award for her work as a community volunteer and program coordinator for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario where she helps bridge gaps for women and gender diverse people in conflict with the law. As a fierce advocate, Mary’s dedication to respect. means honouring people where they are at and recognizing the value in human dignity. She’s helped countless women and gender diverse people chart healthier, safer paths forward in our community and region.

Since 2010, The Walleye, Thunder Bay’s art and cultural alternative magazine, has offered readers a window into the talented people and inspiring places that define our city. With an eye for diversity and inclusion, the Walleye features artists, musicians, and influencers, along with thoughtful 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 Diane Walker, Chair of the Community Safety & Well-Being Advisory Committee. “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.”

A special video featuring this year’s recipients can be viewed at

respect. is an Initiative of the City of Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism & Equity Advisory Committee and Community Safety & Well-Being Thunder Bay. The respect. Awards are sponsored by Diversity Thunder Bay. Currently there are over 90 local organizations that have committed to respect. Other organizations in the community are invited to sign up and be a part of this initiative.


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Contact:       Lee-Ann Chevrette, Community Safety & Well-Being Specialist, -