Alex Wisniowski, Caring Canadian
Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull 2002 honored by Governor General
Ottawa, March 25, 2002 -- Alex Wisniowski has been known
by many titles, most recently Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull 2002.
Now he has one more to add to the list: Caring Canadian.
Alexs lifetime of volunteer service to the GLBT community,
and the community at large, was recently recognized by Her
Excellency, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor
General of Canada, the Canadian head of state, who presented
him with the Caring Canadian Award. (For information on this
award, see the Governor Generals web site at www.gg.ca/media/appointments/archive-2002/20020325_e.asp
and at www.gg.ca/honours/caring_e.asp.)
Alex has been volunteering in the GLBT community since the
mid-1970s, when he was involved with Gays of Ottawa (now ALTGBO
- Association of Lesbians, Transgendered, Gays and Bisexuals
of Ottawa) and Dignity, an organization for GLBT Catholics.
Over the years, Alex has raised thousands of dollars for
various charities and community groups, including The Living
Room (a space for persons living with HIV/AIDS), breast cancer
research, Ottawa Lesbian Week, Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull (to
enable the winner of the competition to travel to International
Mr. Leather in Chicago), ALTGBO and Pride.
More recently, Alex has been active in Pride festivities
in the Ottawa-Gatineau region (souvenir program, volunteer
coordinator, weeks events coordinator, etc.). He has
also helped to organize the annual Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull
competition. In November 2001, he entered as a contestant
himself and won the title of Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull 2002.
For the past decade, he has shown caring and thoughtfulness
to Ottawas seniors, mainly at Island Lodge, a home for
Alexs philosophy as a caring Canadian is summed up
by the message on his telephone answering machine: "Lend
a helping hand and make a difference in someones life."
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Information: Alex Wisniowski, (613) 749-2366
leatherheart 'at' sympatico.ca
Enclosure: Letter from Adrienne Clarkson,
Governor General of Canada