VANCOUVER, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - As part of a two-day event entitled
"Building Bridges for Canada", close to 350 guests, representing the
diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities of the Greater
Vancouver area gathered at the Riverside Grand Ballroom in Richmond, BC
yesterday evening, to celebrate the work of the Canadian Race Relations
Foundation (CRRF), and the recipients of its Community Champion Special
Awards and the Award for Lifetime Achievement.
"The CRRF promotes a vision of society to which all Canadians feel they
want to belong, a vision which requires the good will of dedicated
individuals, organizations and enterprises committed to celebrating the
richness and diversity of our country", said Albert Lo, Chairperson of
the CRRF. "This evening's honourees represent the best of that ideal."
Recipients of the Community Champion Special Awards were Aziz Khaki - presented posthumously and received by his wife, Gul Khaki; Alan Lau, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk and the Inter-Faith for World Peace Society. A special Award was presented to the Multiculturalism Policy Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration
Canada, for "commitment, integrity and compassion in serving all Canadians".
Presented only three times in its 11-year history, the CRRF's Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to Arthur K. Miki, CM, OM. Chief architect and negotiator of the Japanese Canadian Redress
Agreement which acknowledged discriminatory treatment of Japanese
Canadians interned during the Second World War, Mr. Miki has, in
addition, had a distinguished career as an educator, community activist
and author. His lifelong dedication to the promotion of positive race
relations and human rights was recognized by his receiving an Honourary
Doctorate from the University of Winnipeg, the Order of Manitoba, and
the Order of Canada.
Day 2 of the Building Bridges for Canada programme is a full-day
conference, "Multiculturalism in Greater Vancouver", held in
conjunction with the Foundation's Interfaith and Belonging Initiative
and taking place at the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, BC. Consisting
of panel discussions, workshops and participant engagement, the
conference is designed to examine the successes of multiculturalism as
it relates to business, social issues, education and Canadian values in
the greater Vancouver area, and some of the arising challenges.
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading agency
dedicated to the promotion of harmonious race relations and Canadian
identity, in the pursuit of equity, fairness, social cohesion and
dignity for all Canadians.
SOURCE: Canadian Race Relations Foundation
For further information:
Rubin Friedman, CRRF Spokesperson 647-403-8526
More information can be found on the CRRF website: www.crrf-fcrr.ca