Creating a respectful community is everyone’s responsibility.

The tenth annual respect. Award recipients were announced during the Diversity Thunder Bay Celebration with the honour going to one individual and one local business, based on their efforts to exemplify respect in our community.

Barbara Cooper, who works in Health Records at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre was nominated for her caring and compassionate approach to her work. She recognizes the importance of human dignity and exemplifies respect in her interactions with co-workers and clients.

Elevate NWO was recognized as it staged an intervention to support individuals who were sleeping unsheltered in local encampments. Finding appropriate housing and supports, the group’s approach prioritized compassion, dignity and respect. Individuals involved in the program are being supported to work as house leaders in the housing units, and as community support workers at Elevate’s warming centre. The program participants are gaining valuable employment skills that will help them secure permanent housing.


The City of Thunder Bay, Diversity Thunder Bay, the Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee and the Crime Prevention Council embrace and promote respect. An initiative started by Confederation College students and staff.

Diversity Thunder Bay sponsors the respect. Award with each award winner receiving a plaque.

For all previous respect. Award winners, please visit Respect – City of Thunder Bay




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