New Ontario Awards Program To Recognize Champions For Newcomers And Cultural Diversity

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New Ontario Awards Program To Recognize Champions For Newcomers And Cultural Diversity

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Applications for Newcomer Champion Awards Now Being Accepted TORONTO, March 1 - The McGuinty government has launched a new award program, the Newcomer Champion Awards, to recognize Ontarians who have enriched cultural diversity, facilitated harmony and understanding or helped newcomers to successfully settle and integrate, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced today. "Ontario's diversity is a strength that has helped to make our province dynamic and competitive on the global stage," said Colle. "That's why it is important to recognize those who have helped to make Ontario a better place to live by facilitating cultural understanding and assisting newcomers." The awards will acknowledge contributions in areas such as cultural outreach, cultural celebration, and connecting newcomers to communities. Colle named three "Visionaries" who epitomize the spirit of the awards: Daniel Iannuzzi was a pioneer in the multilingual media industry in Ontario; Jean Lumb was a tireless community worker who accomplished a number of firsts for a Chinese women in Ontario; and Mary Ann Shadd was a pioneering black lawyer, editor and abolitionist. The Newcomer Champion Awards is the latest government initiative to recognize the contributions Ontarians make to their communities. Others include: - The Volunteer Service Awards which honours more than 9,000 volunteers across the province - The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship - The Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism in Ontario Applications for the award are being accepted until April 13, 2007. Nomination forms, eligibility requirements and additional information about the Newcomer Champion Awards are available at www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/honoursandawards. Disponible en français www.citizenship.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEW ONTARIO AWARDS PROGRAM TO RECOGNIZE CHAMPIONS FOR NEWCOMERS AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY NEWCOMER CHAMPION AWARDS About the Award The Newcomer Champion Awards program is a newly created program designed to recognize Ontarians who have facilitated cultural understanding and diversity or helped newcomers to successfully settle and integrate. Awards will be presented for contributions in areas such as cultural outreach, cultural celebration, and connecting newcomers in communities. - Cultural Outreach: recognizes contributions in education and information sharing that increase the awareness of an ethnic group's culture within the broader community. - Cultural Celebration: recognizes outstanding individuals who organize events to showcase Ontario's diversity. - Connecting Newcomers in Communities: recognizes exemplary individuals whose actions helped to welcome and integrate newcomers into communities across Ontario. Contact Info Visionaries Colle named three visionaries who epitomize the award and who served as an inspiration for others to follow: Daniel Iannuzzi, Jean Lumb and Mary Ann Shadd. Iannuzzi was a pioneer in the media industry. Among his many accomplishments, he founded CFMT, the regional multilingual television station in 1979. Lumb was a tireless community worker who accomplished a number of firsts as a Chinese woman in Ontario. Lumb was the first Chinese woman on the Board of Governors at Women's College Hospital as well as at University Settlement House. Shadd was a pioneering black lawyer, abolitionist and editor. Born a free person, Shadd settled in Windsor in the 1850s and lead a movement to integrate blacks into the community. Her many accomplishments included establishing the first racially-integrated school in Canada. Shadd also started the newspaper The Provincial Freeman which made her the first female newspaper editor in Canada. Nomination forms are available on the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website at: www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citdiv/honours/index.html Applications for the award are being accepted until April 13, 2007. Disponible en français www.citizenship.gov.on.ca For further information: Rick Byun, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Rick Byun, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010