London, ON – Atlohsa Family Healing Services is pleased to announce the 2019 Atlohsa Peace Awards Gala honouring those who have made a significant social, cultural or educational contribution this past year in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation. Nominations are now open and members of the public are encouraged to visit AtlohsaPeaceAwards.ca to nominate an individual or organization. The Peace Awards’ committee is looking for nominees representing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, across Ontario.
“The Atlohsa Peace Awards is a major game changer for reconciliation in the City of London. It acknowledges the good work of community members and organizations in their fight to eradicate racism, build bridges, and work towards a country that is inclusive for all people.” said Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre.
INTRUDUCING THE NEW RISING STAR AWARD The Atlohsa Peace Awards Rising Star will be awarded to a youth, under 18, who has made an outstanding contribution to Indigenous culture and/or community.
8 INSPIRING INDIVIDUALS WILL BE HONOURED AT THE ATLOHSA PEACE AWARDS GALA Honourees will represent the Seven Sacred Teachings of wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth + the Rising Star. The award winners will be honoured at a gala event, to be held November 7, 2019 at London’s RBC Place.
“These awards represent the heart of social change. This is a time for us to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of those who work so hard to build better lives for a stronger community. It’s a time to step back, reflect on the great work and to hon-our old friends and new.” said Raymond Deleary, Executive Director of Atlohsa Family Healing Services. “Last year’s event was a huge success, and we want to continue to build on that.”
SUPPORTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK OF VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND HOMELESSNESS More than 450 people attended last year’s Peace Awards and raised $45,000 for Atlohsa’s Zhaawanong Shelter, which provides safety for women and children at risk of violence, abuse and homelessness. The donations paid for significant upgrades within the shelter. Funds raised at this year’s event will go to Atlohsa Family Healing Services’ essential needs, programs and services, including the Zhaawanong Shelter.
DETAILS: Nomination Deadline is Monday, August 12 at 4pm. Nominees must be residents of Ontario. Nominations forms can be downloaded or submitted at: AtlohsaPeaceAwards.ca
ABOUT — Atlohsa means “friends” in the Oneida language. Atlohsa Family Healing Services, located in downtown London, Ontario, provides community members with Indigenous-led programming and services that offer holistic healing, education, shelter and support.
CONTACT — Alana Lees, Director of Development, Atlohsa Family Healing Services 519-852-3877 or email@example.com