New Ontario Awards Program To Recognize Champions For Newcomers And Cultural Diversity



    Applications for Newcomer Champion Awards Now Being Accepted

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has launched a new award
program, the Newcomer Champion Awards, to recognize Ontarians who have
enriched cultural diversity, facilitated harmony and understanding or helped
newcomers to successfully settle and integrate, Ontario Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration announced today.
    "Ontario's diversity is a strength that has helped to make our province
dynamic and competitive on the global stage," said Colle. "That's why it is
important to recognize those who have helped to make Ontario a better place to
live by facilitating cultural understanding and assisting newcomers."
    The awards will acknowledge contributions in areas such as cultural
outreach, cultural celebration, and connecting newcomers to communities.
    Colle named three "Visionaries" who epitomize the spirit of the awards:
Daniel Iannuzzi was a pioneer in the multilingual media industry in Ontario;
Jean Lumb was a tireless community worker who accomplished a number of firsts
for a Chinese women in Ontario; and Mary Ann Shadd was a pioneering black
lawyer, editor and abolitionist.
    The Newcomer Champion Awards is the latest government initiative to
recognize the contributions Ontarians make to their communities. Others
include:

    
    -   The Volunteer Service Awards which honours more than 9,000 volunteers
        across the province
    -   The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship
    -   The Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism in Ontario

    Applications for the award are being accepted until April 13, 2007.
    Nomination forms, eligibility requirements and additional information
about the Newcomer Champion Awards are available at
www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/honoursandawards.

    Disponible en français

                          www.citizenship.gov.on.ca


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            NEW ONTARIO AWARDS PROGRAM TO RECOGNIZE CHAMPIONS FOR
                       NEWCOMERS AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
                           NEWCOMER CHAMPION AWARDS

    About the Award

    The Newcomer Champion Awards program is a newly created program designed
to recognize Ontarians who have facilitated cultural understanding and
diversity or helped newcomers to successfully settle and integrate. Awards
will be presented for contributions in areas such as cultural outreach,
cultural celebration, and connecting newcomers in communities.

    -   Cultural Outreach: recognizes contributions in education and
        information sharing that increase the awareness of an ethnic group's
        culture within the broader community.
    -   Cultural Celebration: recognizes outstanding individuals who organize
        events to showcase Ontario's diversity.
    -   Connecting Newcomers in Communities: recognizes exemplary individuals
        whose actions helped to welcome and integrate newcomers into
        communities across Ontario.
    

    Visionaries

    Colle named three visionaries who epitomize the award and who served as
an inspiration for others to follow: Daniel Iannuzzi, Jean Lumb and Mary Ann
Shadd.
    Iannuzzi was a pioneer in the media industry. Among his many
accomplishments, he founded CFMT, the regional multilingual television station
in 1979.
    Lumb was a tireless community worker who accomplished a number of firsts
as a Chinese woman in Ontario. Lumb was the first Chinese woman on the Board
of Governors at Women's College Hospital as well as at University Settlement
House.
    Shadd was a pioneering black lawyer, abolitionist and editor. Born a free
person, Shadd settled in Windsor in the 1850s and lead a movement to integrate
blacks into the community. Her many accomplishments included establishing the
first racially-integrated school in Canada. Shadd also started the newspaper
The Provincial Freeman which made her the first female newspaper editor in
Canada.
    Nomination forms are available on the Ministry of Citizenship and
Immigration website at:
www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citdiv/honours/index.html
    Applications for the award are being accepted until April 13, 2007.

    
    Disponible en français

                          www.citizenship.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Rick Byun, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460;
Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010

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