Nominations are now open for the City of Thunder Bay’s 11th annual respect. Awards. The respect. Awards, created by the Respect Initiative Working Group and sponsored by Diversity Thunder Bay, recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in enhancing diversity, inclusion, equity and respect for others.

Two respect. Awards will be granted this year: one for an individual and one for an organization or business.

“The respect. Awards offer an opportunity to recognize the exceptional efforts of those who work to make Thunder Bay a better place to live and work,” said Jeff Upton, Chair of Community Safety & Well-Being Thunder Bay. “It is important to highlight these efforts so they might inspire others to create positive change, and help make Thunder Bay a community where everyone can feel safe being exactly who they are.”

The respect. Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, during Diversity Thunder Bay’s 17th Annual Celebration event, which recognizes the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The respect. initiative is presented by the Anti-Racism & Equity Advisory Committee and Community Safety & Well-Being Thunder Bay.

Nominations close on Friday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. For more information visit

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Contact: Lee-Ann Chevrette, CSWB Specialist, - Community Safety & Well-Being Thunder Bay, 807-625-2554 or