2009 Harmony Award honours Vancouver social activists Sol Guy and Josh Thome

TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The 2009 Harmony Award honours Vancouver's Sol Guy and Josh Thome, co-founders of the 4REAL documentary series and 4REAL Foundation.

Based in Vancouver, 4REAL has become global force with Canadian roots. The 4REAL documentary series was first broadcast on CTV and MTV and now airs in 166 countries and 34 languages.

Harmony Movement will pay tribute to Guy and Thome at its annual gala on October 29th 2009 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. The award banquet recognizes leaders in the areas of diversity, activism and education. The award jury cited Guy and Thome for inspiring youth through art, music, culture and to take action for positive social change.

The Harmony Award is presented annually to Canadians who are committed to and have worked tirelessly to enrich diversity in our society. Past recipients include June Callwood, Roméo Dallaire, Michele Landsberg and Stephen Lewis.

Harmony Movement was founded in 1994 to encourage Canadians to value diversity and to foster a commitment to a just, caring society. Last year, over a hundred diversity and equity education programs were delivered in schools and communities across the GTA and southern Ontario.

Ten annual June Callwood Harmony Scholarships will also be presented to university or college-bound high school students who have made significant impact in their schools and communities by building on the values of harmony and equity. This year's recipients come from Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Outstanding educators are also recognized by the Harmony Educator and Harmony Leadership in Education awards every year. These awards will also be presented at the gala to educators who are committed to inclusive and equity education.

"We want to recognize and celebrate students, educators and activists who have made an impact in their communities and around the world," says Executive Director Cheuk Kwan. "The Harmony Award Banquet gives us that opportunity and at the same time providing a platform for meaningful exchanges amongst all those who are committed to diversity."

SOURCE Harmony Movement

For further information: For further information: on Harmony Movement, visit www.harmony.ca; For media inquiries, contact Cheuk Kwan at (416) 804-1527 or ckwan@harmony.ca

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