The Canadian Race Relations Foundation's Awards of Excellence Program recognizes public, private, or voluntary organizations whose efforts represent excellence and innovation in combating racism in Canada.
The Awards of Excellence event is a part of the CRRF’s Best Practices initiative, which is one of the educational programs sponsored by the CRRF to gather, document, and celebrate innovative approaches to promoting harmonious race relations. By Best Practice, the CRRF means a program, strategy or initiative.
In 2018, the CRRF received 28 entries for the Best Practices program, and after Jury deliberations, 7 Awards of Excellence were given out at the 2018 Awards of Excellence, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 27 at the Delta Marriott Hotel.
The 2018 Awards of Excellence featured a keynote address by Professor Nigaan Sinclair of the University of Manitoba, and other featured speakers included the Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Culture and Sport for Manitoba , and Lisa-Marie Inman, Director-General for Multiculturalism at the Department of Canadian Heritage.
In addition to celebrating the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients, the CRRF celebrated achievement in the struggle against racism in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba by presenting fourteen (14) Community Champion Special Awards to Jim Bear, Dr. Tina Mai Chen, Thomas Ralston Denton, Diane Dwarka, Jeffrey J. Lieberman, Moses (Moe) Levy, David Matas, Lisa Meeches, David G. Newman, Dr. Rey D. Pagtakhan, Sandy G. Shindleman, Leslie Spillett, Willard Thiessen, and Larry and Tova Vickar.
Announcing the 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners!
The 2018 Best Practices Reader is now online, and can be accessed below