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Honouring Ontario's Champions of Diversity

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Honouring Ontario's Champions of Diversity

McGuinty Government Honours Outstanding Community Leaders

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Fourteen remarkable people and organizations will receive Ontario's 2012 Newcomer Champion Award for significant contributions to cultural understanding, community building and promoting diversity in the province.

Honorees include a range of Ontarians who champion voluntarism, proudly support newcomers and advocate for greater social and civic inclusion. Awards are given in three categories - Community Leader, Newcomer Champion and ChangeTheWorld Youth Ambassador.

This year's recipients are being honoured at a ceremony on Monday, November 26 in Toronto.

Quick Facts

  • The Newcomer Champion Awards were inspired by the contributions of three Ontario visionaries: Daniel Iannuzzi, Jean Lumb and Mary Ann Shadd.
  • Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada. About 40% of all immigrants to Canada choose Ontario, more than all the other provinces and territories combined – outside Quebec.
  • In 2012, the Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge engaged nearly 28,000 youth in 578 events across the province.

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“This year’s Newcomer Champions have made outstanding contributions to their communities by helping newcomers feel welcome, and building on the richness of Ontario’s diversity. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication. You are true community leaders.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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