Celebrating Ontario's Newcomer Champions
McGuinty Government Honours Outstanding Community Leaders
Thirteen outstanding community leaders and organizations are being recognized with Ontario's 2011 Newcomer Champion Awards.
These leaders will be recognized for their community-building contributions - such as supporting the settlement and integration of newcomers, and promoting Ontario's many diverse cultures in their communities.
This year's recipients include:
- A community health worker who helps immigrants and refugees gain equal and affordable access to social and public health services in the Waterloo Region;
- An Ottawa-based organization that delivers the basics to furnish homes for refugee families in need; and
- A grade12 student from Belleville who brought her peers together to participate in the ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge by organizing a community clean up and car wash in support of cancer research, and a collection for local food banks.
The awards will be presented on Monday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, in honour of Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
- Created in 2007, the Newcomer Champion Awards were inspired by the contributions of three Ontario visionaries: Daniel Iannuzzi, Jean Lumb and Mary Ann Shadd.
- This year's Newcomer Champion Awards have been expanded to three categories - Community Leader, Newcomer Champion, and ChangeTheWorld Youth Ambassador.
- In 2010, 11,328 Ontario youth volunteered 41,683 hours benefiting 281 not-for-profits.
- More than 2,000 newcomers arrive to Ontario every week.
- Canadian Multiculturalism Day is celebrated each year on June 27.
“The champions being recognized are committed to promoting Ontario's diversity through their active citizenship and engagement with their community. They are committed to helping newcomers and promoting diversity - one of our province's greatest strengths. I'm proud to recognize the difference they make in their communities across the province.”