Newcomer Champion Awards: 2012 Recipients
Created in 2007, the Newcomer Champion Awards recognize people and groups who have made a difference in their community and the province through active citizenship and engagement.
The 2012 Newcomer Champion Award recipients are:
Carlton Allen of Mississauga, a committed community leader and agriculturalist who has engaged hundreds of newcomers to volunteer and harvest fruits and vegetables from their gardens and donate them to food banks and community kitchens.
Adwoa Badoe of Guelph, a storyteller, author, educator and African dance instructor well-known for helping newcomers find their place in Ontario and bringing African culture to life.
Beyene Haile of Windsor, a community leader and volunteer, facilitates an immigrant men's support group to provide a safe environment for men to share their experiences, avoid isolation, build friendships and support one another.
Melton Moyo of Aurora, a community mentor and volunteer who founded the Infundo Ephakemeyo, an annual scholarship for students of Zimbabwean heritage to pursue post-secondary studies in Canada.
Russ Pooley of Toronto, a community worker who for 35 years has worked for the City of Mississauga empowering immigrants to become leaders within the community. He also provides valuable support to festivals like the Carassauga Festival, the Malton Festival, Dash Begat Festival, Can-Sikh Festival and numerous other major events.
Mulraj Sethi of Richmond Hill, spends his golden years dedicated to helping immigrant seniors to maintain their social, physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual health.
Gezahgn Wordofa of Stratford, is a community leader and volunteer dedicated to helping immigrants of all ages better integrate and feel at home in Ontario. He works with numerous community organizations, assisting them to better support newcomers.
The Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, a multi-sectoral community collaborative that works to coordinate the efforts of local organizations for the successful inclusion of newcomers in the economy and the community.
The Scarborough Housing Help Centre helps newcomers access and maintain affordable and safe accommodation.
Sojourn House is the largest refugee shelter in Toronto serving refugees in search of a safe and secure future.
York Regional Police Community Services Bureau works tirelessly to build bridges and develop partnerships with newcomer youth. Each year the bureau runs extra-curricular activities (including an overnight camp), introducing newcomer boys and girls to the great Canadian wilderness.
ChangeTheWorld Youth Ambassador
Anthony Chung of Waterloo bridged the gap between young and old by engaging his peers to visit a local nursing home to learn from and spend time with seniors.
Madeline Porter of Thunder Bay is a community leader, active volunteer and event organizer with Volunteer Thunder Bay, the Regional Multicultural Youth Council and Thunder Bay's Shelter House.
Shloka Saini of Markham, who engaged numerous youth to take notice of environmental issues and volunteer during the 2011 ChangeTheWorld campaign. She was instrumental in organizing the Markham Green Council's eco-competition.