Five multicultural champions were recognized Nov. 20, 2015, before friends, family and their peers at the sixth British Columbia Multicultural Awards event.
This year’s award recipients reached out to people over the airwaves, in the classroom, at community centres, through work and on the web; providing training where it was needed and attracting people of all cultural affiliations to their cross-cultural events and outreach activities.
Government received 204 nominations for awards in five categories: individual, organization, business, youth and multicultural excellence in government. The multicultural awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses whose exceptional work helps bring diverse cultures together by embracing diversity and promoting multiculturalism. Nominees selected for an award are chosen by an independent panel of judges with expertise in multiculturalism and anti-racism.
The 2015 British Columbia Multicultural Award recipients:
- Individual: Henry Yu
- Organization: Vancouver Co-operative Radio
- Business: Nana’s Kitchen & Hot Sauces Ltd.
- Youth: Crecien Bencio
- Government: Royal BC Museum
All award recipients receive a trophy and those selected in the first four categories noted above also receive $5,000 to be donated to a non-profit organization of their choice to further support the promotion of multiculturalism in the province.
The British Columbia Multicultural Awards (previously known as the Provincial Nesika Awards) were first held in 2008. The name was changed this year to better reflect the purpose of the awards and to promote multiculturalism.
The multicultural awards event is organized by the Government of British Columbia with advice and support from the Province’s Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC).
Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism –
“Diversity has made our province stronger both economically and socially. These awards recognize the exceptional work done by award recipients and nominees alike to further multiculturalism in all walks of life. Each of them is a role model in their respective fields and we can all learn from their achievements.”
- Since 1988, B.C.'s Multicultural Advisory Council has promoted cross-cultural understanding and respect throughout the province.
- B.C. welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year.
- Almost 30% of British Columbians have emigrated from another country in their lifetime and one-quarter of the people in the province are self-identified visible minorities.
- In 2015, the B.C. government will provide nearly $1.7 million to engage cultural groups, to fight racism and discrimination and to promote multiculturalism.
British Columbia Multicultural Awards: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/celebrating-british-columbia/honours-and-awards/bc-multicultural-awards
B.C. Multicultural Advisory Council: http://tinyurl.com/n4nvauv
A backgrounder follows.