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September 1, 2009
The City of Vancouver is now accepting nominations for the 13th annual City of Vancouver Cultural Harmony Awards.
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 the city of 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 the requirements for nomination packages are available at the Equal Employment Opportunity office at City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue, ground floor), or on the City’s website at: vancouver.ca/multiculturalism Completed nomination packages must be received at the Equal Employment Opportunity Office by Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.
An independent jury will choose winners based on the nature, scope and impact of their achievements. Winners are honoured with a tree planted in their name 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.
Last year, the Cultural Harmony Award in the organization category was presented to the Vancouver Moving Theatre for the development of accessible interdisciplinary theatre, events and community art influenced by Vancouver’s Pacific Rim culture. Romi Chandra was selected as the recipient in the individual category for his involvement as a young person and his long-term commitment to anti-discrimination issues.
The Cultural Harmony Awards are sponsored by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The awards were instituted in 1996 by the City to honour significant and sustained commitment to the promotion of cultural harmony in Vancouver.
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