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Newcomer champion awards recipients 2008

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Newcomer champion awards recipients 2008

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

  • Liban A. Abdi of Hamilton lends his strength to help newcomers. Working at Settlement and Integration Services Organization (SISO), he has implemented programs to help settle and integrate newcomers into Canadian society, established a Paediatric Clinic with McMaster Children's Hospital and initiated a Children's Mental Health Program.
  • Dr. Paul Caulford of Toronto is a humanitarian and leader in diversity and health. Co-founder of the Volunteer Community Health Clinic, he serves as its medical director, providing medical care and social services to newcomers. He has also served as chief of family and community medicine at The Scarborough Hospital.
  • Maureen Geddes of Chatham-Kent has worked with over 50 organizations to integrate equity, inspire personal development and gender communication and to build mutual respect.  She founded the Cultural Coalition of Chatham-Kent, a non-profit organization that welcomes and supports all cultural groups and newcomers.
  • Adit Kumar of Scarborough is the principal organizer of the annual South Asian heritage program at the Vedic Cultural Centre. This program celebrates the rich cultural heritage of South Asia and assists newcomers in adapting to their new homeland. He is also a leader in promoting the health and well-being of newcomers through community articles and lectures.
  • Jeffrey Byunghun Min of North York is a dedicated community activist and philanthropist for the community of Thornhill.  As founder and president of the Galleria Supermarket, he has used his business to better the community through language heritage programs, scholarships and participation in numerous local charities.
  • The New Pioneers Awards Team of Toronto is a division of Skills for Change, a non-profit organization which provides learning and training opportunities for Ontario newcomers.  The New Pioneers Awards have recognized over 100 newcomers over the past 16 years for their positive contributions to Ontario communities.
  • Carmela Nini of Guelph is an advocate of multiculturalism. She founded the International Languages Program at Wellington Catholic District School Board, which provides instruction in 20 different languages to more than 700 students.  She also volunteers with numerous community organizations including the Guelph and District Multicultural Festival, where she engages youth with the festival's message of diversity and peace.
  • Dr. Peter Ashward Sealy of Toronto is a leader in promoting cultural harmony among newcomers.  He has worked closely with both youth and senior newcomers throughout his 30 year career, facilitating cultural understanding, diversity and successful integration and settlement.
  • Frances Martino-Soulliere of has dedicated her life to embracing cultural traditions and diversity in Canada.  She created the English as a Second Language Program at Catholic Central High School in Windsor.  She also hosts "meet and greets" and organizes an annual Christmas dinner and dance for newcomer students to socialize and share experiences.
  • Yasmin Vali of Scarborough held one of the first diversity directorships in a Toronto hospital.  As director of ethno-racial patient services at The Scarborough Hospital, she delivers workshops to staff on cultural sensitivity and organizes the annual Celebrate Our Diversity Day.  She also co-founded the Volunteer Community Health Clinic, which provides adjustment services to newcomers and responds to their needs for medical and social care.

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