Steve Mast Advocacy Award

 

Steve Mast - PFLAG Olympia Board Member

Steve Mast was a wonderful father, husband, friend, veteran, PFLAG board member and activist in the LGBTQ community who passed away in August 2014.

In celebration of his legacy, PFLAG-Olympia established the Steve Mast Advocacy Award in 2015. Receiving the award that year was Donna Doyle. The 2016 recipient was Juliette Knight.

steve-mast-award-2016Juliette Knight, 2016 Steve Mast Advocacy Awardee

Juliette became the second recipient of PFLAG Olympia’s Steve Mast Advocacy Award at the annual picnic on Aug. 14, 2016. Juliette is a founder and co-facilitator of the Parent / Trans Child Support Group that meets the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia. She is currently working on developing a support group specifically for trans youth.

Donna Doyle, 2015 Steve Mast Advocacy Awardee

Donna became the very first recipient of PFLAG Olympia’s Steve Mast Advocacy Award at the annual picnic on Aug. 9, 2015. In 1998, Donna Doyle and her late husband, Tom, moved from Minneapolis to Olympia.  The Doyles have a “blended” family of four adult children and three grandchildren. This lovely family includes two gay members and their spouses.  In order to augment their understanding and support of these family members, the Doyles joined the Olympia PFLAG chapter soon after they relocated to Olympia.  Both Donna and Tom served on the PFLAG board.

Tom passed away in July of 2015, but Donna continues an active interest in all things PFLAG and LBGTQ, frequently reading and searching for information to aid in her understanding of those topics.  Donna also is a regular attendee of local PFLAG chapter meetings, and she serves as the refreshment chair.  She also supports and serves the Olympia LGBTQ community by walking in the annual Pride parade, by working at the PFLAG booth during the Pride Festival, and by attending and donating to many support rallies and fundraisers for various LGBTQ causes.

In addition, Donna can often be seen wearing a rainbow pin or bracelet, and her car’s bumper always sports a rainbow sticker. Donna is a strong and proud advocate for human equality. Minneapolis’s loss is our gain.


Help us celebrate the legacy of PFLAG Dad Steve Mast and nominate someone (grandparent, parent or any parental figure ) that has advocated on behalf of an LGBTQ individual – you or someone you know. Go here to fill out and send the nomination form.