The Mayor of Montréal and the Chair of the Conseil interculturel de Montréal Announce the Establishment of the "Abe Limonchik Montréal Intercultural Award"

    MONTREAL, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, and
Bergman Fleury, Chair of the Conseil interculturel de Montréal, today
announced the establishment of the new Abe Limonchik Montréal Intercultural
Award. The event took place in the presence of Lise Roy-Limonchik, the widow
of Abe Limonchik.
    This award recognizes the exceptional contributions of an individual,
organization or business to improving intercultural relations and to promoting
diversity in Montréal.
    "Montréal is an inclusive and cohesive city with a window on the world.
By naming this award after former City Councillor Abe Limonchik, we are
seeking to honour the memory of a great humanitarian who marked Montréal's
democratic life with his inclusive vision of a city built by Montrealers of
all origins," said Mayor Tremblay. "This award also highlights the exceptional
contributions and commitment of an individual, an organization or a business
that has worked continually to help make new arrivals part of our community
and to promote intercultural understanding in any field. The award will
permanently attest to the contributions of citizens from all backgrounds to
Montréal's development," he added.
    "I am pleased to see this project take shape today and to know that Abe
Limonchik's work has not only been recognized but will, in a certain manner,
carry on," added Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough and
member of the Executive Committee, which served as the link between the city,
the Abe Limonchik committee and Mr. Limonchik's family.
    "I want to particularly thank the Mayor of Montréal, as well as members
of the Executive Committee, for having accepted the recommendation of the
Conseil interculturel de Montréal to create a prize recognizing the
exceptional contribution of Montrealers who promote intercultural exchange and
rapprochement. I am also proud to be associated with this event honouring Abe
Limonchik," said Bergman Fleury, chair of the Conseil interculturel de
    The Abe Limonchik Montréal Intercultural Award will be presented every
other year to an individual, organization or business with its head office in
Montréal and that has been active in Montréal for at least five years. The
winner will be selected by a jury consisting of the Chair of the Conseil
interculturel de Montréal, representatives of the private sector, the
educational community, the city's different cultural communities as well as
municipal elected officials and employees.
    The Mayor of Montréal will present the award for the first time at a
ceremony to be held at City Hall on October 20th 2009. The recipient will
receive artwork produced by a Montréal artist.
    Information on eligibility criteria and application procedures may
obtained from the city's Web site at:

    About Abe Limonchik

    Mr. Limonchik, who passed away on August 29, 2002, was a city councillor
for the Côte-des-Neiges district for 12 years (1982-1994). Throughout his
public life he practiced and advocated dialogue and openness. He built bridges
between English and French Montrealers and encouraged members of different
cultural communities to become active in municipal politics. A modest and
determined man, Mr. Limonchik helped make all residents feel like citizens of
Montréal and encouraged them to play a full role in municipal life. He was
also popularly known as "Mr. Democracy."

For further information:

For further information: Renée Pageau, Relations avec les médias, (514)
868-4580; Source: Martin Tremblay, Office of the Mayor and the Executive
Committee, (514) 872-0274

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