OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Jason Kenney, Minister for
Multiculturalism, today invited Canadians to submit nominations for the
sixth annual Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.
"Canada's pluralism is a big part of what makes our country great, and
it's important that we continue to strengthen and promote it," said
Minister Kenney. "That is why, through the Paul Yuzyk Award for
Multiculturalism, we recognize those who have shown dedication to
fostering integration and social cohesion in communities across Canada.
I encourage all Canadians to nominate a friend, colleague or volunteer
worker who makes outstanding efforts to build a stronger country."
The award commemorates the legacy of the late Senator Paul Yuzyk, who
was a member of the Senate of Canada from February 1963 to July 1986
and played a key role in the development of Canadian multiculturalism
policy. He has been called the father of multiculturalism for his early
role in achieving policy recognition for the "third force" of Canadian
society; that is, those who were of neither British nor French descent.
One award is granted annually to an individual or a group who
demonstrates dedication to advancing intercultural understanding and
the integration of newcomers into Canadian society. Individuals are
nominated in one of two categories: Outstanding Achievement or Lifetime
The Outstanding Achievement category recognizes an individual or group
who has recently made a significant contribution to promote and embrace
Canada's long tradition of peaceful pluralism. The Lifetime Achievement
category honours an individual who has demonstrated the same dedication
over a period of at least ten years.
The award recipient receives a certificate of honour, signed by the
Minister, as well as the privilege to select an eligible, registered,
not-for-profit Canadian organization to receive a $20,000 grant from
the Government of Canada. The 2013 Paul Yuzyk Award recipient for
Outstanding Achievement, Mr. Bashir Ahmed of Edmonton, Alberta,
selected the Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development
Organization to receive the federal grant.
Nominations for the 2014 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism must be
postmarked by March 1, 2014.
More information on the Paul Yuzyk award is available.
A public service announcement about the award can be viewed on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's YouTube Channel.
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