TORONTO, November 3, 2014 / CNW / – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Awards of Excellence pays tribute to public, private and voluntary organizations whose efforts represent best practices in building an awareness and understanding of Canadian values and identity that are reflective of Canadian diversity and respectful race relations. Best practices represent programs, strategies or initiatives that have demonstrated promise, success and social impact.
The Awards of Excellence jury panel had the privilege of reviewing an unprecedented number of submissions and was inspired by the high quality of work being done in the area of positive race relations.
"We applaud the stellar work that is being done by all the organizations, as they strive towards the fulfillment of the Canadian values of respect for equality, diversity, inclusivity and belonging," said Toni Silberman, Chair, CRRF Awards of Excellence Jury Panel.
The Awards of Excellence dinner will take place on November 18 at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The Awards dinner is part of the Foundation's biennial symposium, which is dedicated to Canadian values, identity and belonging, along with the mutuality of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
"Our award winners represent organizations that have taken the ideals of harmonious race relations and social cohesion, and transformed them into successful, sustainable programs that can be reproduced," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF.
2014 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS
We Are All Treaty People, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
OCASI Accessibility Initiative, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), Toronto, Ontario
B.O.L.D. (Broadening Opportunity Through Leadership Diversity), Diversity Advantage International, Toronto, Ontario
Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initiative, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Welcoming and Inclusive Communities, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association & Alberta Human Rights Commission, Edmonton, Alberta
Compassionate Leaders Project, Cowichan Intercultural Society, Duncan, British Columbia
Nurturing Capacity, Indspire, Toronto, Ontario
Anti-Racism Community Development, Abbotsford Community Services, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Songs of Freedom, Overture with the Arts, Dorval, Québec
Designed Diversity, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
Passages Canada, Historica Canada, Toronto, Ontario
Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, York Regional Police, Aurora, Ontario
Community Impact Program, Inspirit Foundation, Toronto, Ontario
MOVE! Youth Ending Violence, Bringing Youth Towards Equality, Whitehorse, Yukon
The Awards Dinner will also celebrate the outstanding achievements of three Ottawa community leaders and organizations for their positive contributions to race relations in Canada.
Rabbi Reuven Bulka
CRRF Executive Director: Anita Bromberg, , 416-508-9033