The City of Fredericton has announced that it is accepting nominations for the third annual Intercultural Award. The award “recognizes an individual, group, or business that has demonstrated a sustained commitment and effort to enhance Fredericton’s cultural-diversity and inclusiveness.”
“We are pleased to be able to continue to recognize the contribution of newcomers to our community with this award,” said City of Fredericton Deputy Mayor Eric Megarity, who is also chair of the City’s Ad Hoc Committee on Immigration.
Nominations for the 2015 Intercultural Award will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- promoting cultural diversity awareness, harmony and understanding;
- building skills and knowledge of newcomers to allow them to participate fully in our community;
- engaging international students and youth so they feel connected to the community and want to stay;
- encouraging involvement of newcomers in sports, the arts, and other community programs creating a sense of belonging;
- business mentorship to immigrants to allow them to successfully start a new business, and more.
In 2013 the award went to Zhang Zhang, who was nominated for her commitment to the Chinese Cultural Association of New Brunswick and the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, and creating awareness of Chinese culture by teaching and practicing the art of Chinese dance.
The 2014 award went to Charit Khatri. Originally from New Delhi, India, Mr. Khatri moved to Canada to attend UNB. He has since worked with the university to help other foreign students learn about UNB and the experience of living in another country. He has since become an active member of the UNB and Fredericton, and is a Board member with both the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and Multicultural Association of Fredericton.
Nominations for the award can be submitted by any interested party excluding family of the nominee, and self nominations will not be accepted. For a complete list of award criteria, and to fill out the nomination form, visit the city’s website at www.fredericton.ca and search for Intercultural Awards.
Nominations will close on Friday, March 20, 2015.