Top immigrants celebrated in Canada

by Ray Clancy on June 30, 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has congratulated the winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards ahead of Canada Day celebrations.

The awards recognise newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities since arriving in Canada.


The Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards recognise newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities

Organized by Canadian Immigrant magazine and RBC Royal Bank, the peoples’ choice awards, which have been given to deserving newcomers for the past six years, allow Canadians to nominate and then vote for those immigrants who have contributed to and achieved success in Canada.

Alexander said the awards also celebrate the work the government has done in being a global leader by helping immigrants — giving them assistance with language training, community connections and skills development, which helps them become active members of Canadian society.

He pointed out that the awards are a positive and concrete example of the private sector becoming involved in efforts to foster a welcoming society. They also seek to raise awareness of the benefits and contributions of immigration.

The government invests approximately $900 million in settlement services, while more than 700 service provider organisations receive funds dedicated to helping newcomers adjust to life in Canada.

‘We are pleased to recognize the hard work of the talented individuals who choose to settle in Canada, and who make valuable contributions to their new communities and the Canadian economy. We are proud to provide settlement services to newcomers which help them successfully integrate into Canadian society and achieve success,’ Alexander said.

South African-born celebrity entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den has been named one of this year’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants not only for her achievements, but her philanthropy. Other winners include Macedonian-born Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ugandan-born Farah Mohamed, president and chief executive officer of the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto, Indian-born child prodigy Sarthak Sinha of Calgary, and Bangladesh-born Manwar Khan, an everyday hero who intervened in a violent attack in Edmonton.

For the second year, associate sponsor Chevrolet has recognised one of the 25 winners with the Chevrolet Ingenuity Award for showing exceptional creativity and skill on their road to success. The 2014 winner is Julie Suen, president of Canadian Chinese Radio in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

‘The people recognised by these awards have a true passion for our country, an inventive nature and are an inspiration to many. It takes a significant amount of resourcefulness and creativity to come to a new country and break cultural and social barriers to achieve great success,’ said Paul Bailey, advertising manager for Chevrolet.

Canada Day celebrates the birthday of Canada. On 01 July 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act, formerly known as the British North America Act. It is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and is a day off for most businesses.


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