Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

November 16, 2010 11:14 ET

Minister Kenney Launches Nominations for Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2010) - Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today called on Canadians to submit nominations for the third annual Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.

The award commemorates the late Senator's legacy of establishing multiculturalism as a fundamental characteristic of Canadian identity. It does so by paying tribute to those who have made contributions to multiculturalism, diversity, and the integration of cultural communities and new Canadians.

"This country was built by people of different backgrounds," said Minister Kenney. "Paul Yuzyk saw Canada's rich history as one that reached beyond two founding nations and which included people of many backgrounds. That is why he became known as the 'father of multiculturalism'."

"Every week, I hear stories of such individuals. That's why I encourage people to honour that exceptional colleague, friend, volunteer or leader who promotes intercultural understanding between all communities and helps newcomers to integrate into Canada by nominating them for this prestigious award."

While a single winner is chosen each year, their selection may be based on either Outstanding Achievement or Lifetime Achievement.

Outstanding Achievement recognizes an individual or a group that has made a significant contribution to multiculturalism for at least one year within the last five years.

Lifetime Achievement honours an individual who has demonstrated life-long dedication to the promotion of a strong multicultural society in Canada.

The award winner receives the right to select an eligible, registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization to receive a $20,000 grant from the Government of Canada.

Nominations for the 2011 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism must be postmarked by March 1, 2011.

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Contact Information

  • Celyeste Power
    Minister's Office
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Media Relations
    Communications Branch
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada