I first met Dick when he was MC and speaker at PRIDE Day in Haldimand Norfolk in 2017. I was immediately struck by his authenticity: Dick is warm and empathetic. He is very aware of his privilege and one of the most inclusive people I know. Doesn’t matter who you are, Dick acknowledges you in his easy way. He is open and honest about his own struggles and works to break down the stigma that so many of us with mental health difficulties experience. He also has a great sense of humour. At PRIDE Day 2018, Dick was instrumental in keeping the peace when haters threatened to railroad the event. Best part: he was a male, dressed in a kilt, which could have only annoyed those people to the max.

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