The 2017 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards event. File photo

The 2017 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards event. File photo

Nominations open for Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Recognizes the best practices of organizations and individuals that embrace diversity

Do you know someone or some organization that deserves recognition for their contribution to cultural diversity?

Nominations are now open for the 16th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards.

The Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards started in 2003 to recognize the best practices of organizations and individuals that embrace the diversity in our community.

Concepts of cultural diversity include age, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic background.

Abbotsford Community Services presents the event in partnership with the Mission and Chilliwack Community Services as well as the Langley New Directions English Language School.

Past winners have been businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that work towards building an inclusive community, providing their clients and customers with accessible environments, and having workforces reflective of their community. In addition to the existing Champion of Diversity award for individuals, a new award will recognize a Youth Champion of Diversity.

Organizations and individuals in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack are encouraged to apply or nominate others by January 10th, 2019. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in March 2019 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre.

Categories include: Inclusive Environment, Marketing, Innovative Initiative, Champion of Diversity (Youth and Adult) and Effective Human Resources Strategies.

Nominations may be submitted online at www.diversityawards.ca or by contacting Patricia Driessen at cda@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com or 604-308-5673.

READ MORE: 2107 awards

2017 RECIPIENTS:

• Inclusive Environment (small organizations) – The Water Shed Arts Cafe, Langley

• Inclusive Environment (medium and large organizations) – University of the Fraser Valley

• Marketing – Seabird Island Health Services, Agassiz

• Innovative Initiative (small organizations) – Spill Ur Beanz, Fraser Valley

• Innovative Initiative (medium and large organizations) – Emma’s Acres, Mission

• Effective Human Resources Strategies – Correctional Service of Canada, National Employment Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan

• Champion of Diversity – Kanta Naik with the Abbotsford school district