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Multiculturalism and anti-racism champions honoured

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Multiculturalism and anti-racism champions honoured

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Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Media Relations
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 208-4309

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Recipients of the 2019 British Columbia Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards
Updated March 22, 2019, for clarification

The 2019 British Columbia Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards recognized five award recipients:

Youth (aged 15 to 30 years):

  • Nada El Masry (New Westminster):
    Manager at RADIUS SFU at Simon Fraser University and a team member for the Beyond Borders project, which is focused on addressing themes of civic engagement, inclusion and systemic barriers to thriving livelihoods for refugees in Surrey.

Individual over 30 years of age (two-way tie):

  • Annie Ohana (Surrey):
    Founder of Mustang Justice, a youth social justice leadership program, which focuses on support for cultural revitalization projects, interfaith dialogue and the protection of cultures facing oppression in their home countries.
  • Dalvir Nahal (Vernon):
    Founder of the Bollywood Bang, dedicated to increasing awareness of Sikh culture and history by breaking down cultural barriers in the Okanagan to fight racism.

Non-profit organization:

  • Powell River Academy of Music – International Choral Kathaumixw, a festival hosted by the Powell River Academy of Music that attracts 1,000 singers from around the globe. This event has been cited as a major contributor to Powell River being selected as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

 Business:

  • Spice Radio (i.t. Media Broadcasting) for organizing the annual campaign, Raise Your Hands Against Racism. Since 2015, this annual event has taken place during the Indian holiday Holi. Spice Radio is also involved in promoting anti-racism messages through radio broadcast, print and television that encourage Canadians to take a stand against racial injustice.

Each award recipient received a trophy presented by Premier John Horgan.

The Youth award recipient received $5,000 that will be donated to the Refugee Livelihood Lab, Radius SFU to further its work in the Beyond Borders project.

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