Steinert & Ferreiro AwardLaunched through a bequest from the Estates of Jonathan R. Steinert and Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro in 2005, the award is Canada’s premiere recognition of leadership in the LGBTQ community. Community contribution and leadership are at the heart of the LGBTQ community with leaders often working quietly to achieve growth, understanding and change.
The Steinert & Ferreiro Award celebrates these unsung heros of our community.
An individual will be presented with a commemorative award and cash prize of $10,000. The winner must agree to accept the award and willing to be publicly acknowledged for their contribution.
Jonathan R. Steinert and Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro
Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro immigrated to Toronto from Santiago, Chile in 1973. He had earned his Masters Degree in Psychology while studying in Chile and then earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto. Fernando then established his own private practice in Toronto.
While on vacation in San Francisco in 1985, he met Jonathan Steinert and the two very quickly fell in love. Jonathan relocated to Toronto and assisted Fernando with the administrative duties in his practice.
Jonathan was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 1990 and after a short period of time, succumbed to his illness.
While not persecuted for his homosexuality in Chile, Fernando felt a certain degree of discrimination in Canada and wished that an organization would promote individuals who, through either the arts or sciences, made a significant contribution to the understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians in the community.
Fernando chose Toronto’s Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal Foundation (now the Community One Foundation) as the organization to carry out his wishes.
Fernando quietly passed away from AIDS in Casey House on July 2, 1992.