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City accepting nominations for Cultural Harmony Awards

September 7 2012

The Cultural Harmony Awards recognize people and organizations who have made a significant, ongoing commitment to cultural understanding in Vancouver.

Nominations for the 16th annual City of Vancouver Cultural Harmony Awards are now being accepted.

The awards recognize outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations in promoting greater understanding, respect and cooperation among people of different cultural groups and backgrounds.

All nominees must live or work in Vancouver. Eligible organizations include non-profit groups or service clubs, educational institutions, hospitals, government departments, unions, professional and trade associations, media organizations, small businesses, and public and private corporations.

Nomination forms and details on requirements for nomination packages are available at the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue, ground floor), or on the City’s website.  Completed nomination packages must be received at the EEO office by Friday, September 21, 2012.

An independent jury will choose the winners based on the nature, scope and impact of their achievements. Winners are honoured with a tree planted in their names and a plaque in the Park Board’s Cultural Harmony Grove on the south shore of False Creek. Vancouver City Council will also recognize the recipients at a Council meeting in November 2012.

In 2011, The Source/La Source Newspaper was the chosen recipient of the Cultural Harmony Award in the Organization category, for providing a dynamic platform for the celebration of multiculturalism and diversity in the city of Vancouver. Sadie Kuehn was the winner in the Individual category for her significant contributions to the province and region in matters related to women, youth, diversity, human rights and policy matters for the last 30 years. Eric Wong, educator and trainer, received an Honourable Mention for his long-term contribution and commitment to diversity training and building an inclusive society.

The Cultural Harmony Awards are sponsored by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The awards were instituted by the City in 1996 to honour significant and sustained commitment to the promotion of cultural harmony in Vancouver.

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