Nominations are open for the Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards, which celebrate immigrants who make outstanding contributions to our communities.
Anyone can nominate a newcomer who has enriched the province through volunteer activities, leadership, innovation in business, achievements in their academic or professional field, or by creating more welcoming and inclusive communities.
Award categories recognize the accomplishments of youth, women, seniors, entrepreneurs, academics, professionals and community builders. Up to two nominees may be awarded in each category.
“Alberta is stronger because of the many immigrants who add to the social, economic and cultural fabric of our province. Newcomers bring new ideas, skills and talents. They fill labour shortages, start their own businesses and take active roles in their neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces. It is important that we take the time to honour these remarkable individuals.”
Muhammad Yaseen, Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Submissions are evaluated based on criteria such as the nominee’s overall contribution, how their actions fulfilled a need and impacted others, and how they demonstrated leadership and originality when problem-solving.
Nominations are being accepted through an online portal. The deadline to apply is July 31.
The awards program is one of many government initiatives to help newcomers transition to life in Alberta and empower Albertans to share their diversity and cultures with others.
Nominations are open until July 31.
The awards include nine categories: Career and Academics Contribution, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Inclusive Workplaces, Newcomer Champion, Senior Spirit Award, Small Community Enhancement, Student Inspiration, Women’s Newcomer Impact, and Young Leader.
Nominations must be submitted through an online portal.
To be eligible, nominees must:
be an individual (not a group or organization)
have not received a similar Government of Alberta award
have been born outside Canada (but can have lived in Canada for many years)
be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
have no criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been received
not be an elected official
reside in Alberta at the time of nomination
have contributed to Alberta