Meet Jason

Jason is a dedicated, hardworking community organizer and passionate activist for Human Rights.  Over the past many years, Jason has been focused on making life better and more inclusive for Equity Seeking, Indigenous and Racialized communities.  Jason’s true passion is working for those who are still the most marginalized in the community.  

Jason has worked tirelessly to build a community of which we can all be proud. His advocacy for inclusion and acceptance in Thunder Bay has been broad and has included many partners in the public and private sectors. Starting with a key leadership role in Thunder Pride Association, Jason went on to found the Rainbow Collective of Thunder Bay, so that local businesses and organizations had the training and tools needed to better understand and build inclusive spaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

 

Some of the successful projects that Jason spearheaded include: 

  • ensuring that the Pride flag is raised at all three school boards in the community;

  • installation of Rainbow & Transgender crosswalks at the intersections of Algoma/Bay and a Rainbow crosswalk at Donald/May;

  • advocating for the removal of gender-specific language within the City of Thunder Bay; and

  • the creation of a directory of local and regional 2SLGBTQIA+  businesses.

Jason is a passionate and determined advocate for Thunder Bay and for the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, by being a voice for those who are still struggling to see themselves in the community. Jason also chairs the City of Thunder Bay Anti-Racism and Equity Advisory Committee, committing himself to bettering our community and fighting racism, building inclusion and growing our diversity.

In 2022, Jason ran for Thunder Bay City Councillor, seeking the office of Red River Ward Councillor.  He finished a close second place, only 116 votes seperated him from the top spot.

 

His work includes,

  • President - Rainbow Collective of Thunder Bay

  • Chair - Anti-Racism & Equity Advisory Committee

  • Vice-Chair - Community Communication Committee

  • Cabinet Member - GenNext, United Way of Thunder Bay

  • Director - 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts,

  • Former Chair - Thunder Pride Association

  • Numerous other volunteering efforts over his life.

JASON VELTRI

Human Rights Activist & Community Organizer

Accomplishments

  • 2020 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards - Shift Disturber Award recipient

  • Spearheaded having Pride Flags flown from all three school board in Thunder Bay

  • Co-Founded Rainbow Collective of Thunder Bay in 2021

  • Rainbow & Transgender Crosswalks at Bay St. & Algoma St. and Donald St. and May St.

  • Advocated for the removal of gendered pronouns and expansion of gender neutral language within the City of Thunder Bay

  • Renewed Terms of Reference and Committee focus for the Anti-Racism & Equity Advisory Committee

  • Community Organizer of Pride Festivals in 2019, 2020 and 2022

  • 2021 Walleye Magazine's "Best Community Activist"

  • 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient, City of Thunder Bay, for the month of May.

  • 2002 OFSSA Curling - Thunder Bay, ON - 4th Place