The Fresh Voices Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity.
The 2017 Fresh Voices awards – a partnership between Vancouver Foundation, Michaëlle Jean Foundation, and Vancity Credit Union – represent a desire to see increased recognition and celebration of young immigrants and refugees who take on leadership roles in their communities.
“Sometimes recognition is backed up with a sense of sympathy rather than pride – which could be more harmful rather than empowering. I think the Fresh Voices Awards does a good job in lifting migrant youth up. It’s powerful to be recognized by our own peers which tells us that we are doing something right for our community.” – Golsa Golestaneh – Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team.
Awards provide a $1,000 bursary to an inspiring young immigrant or refugee person, aged 14-24, or to an adult-ally who has demonstrated excellence and/or impact in addressing issues of concern for newcomer youth communities.
The successful recipient (individual or organization), will be able to select a B.C charity or non-profit to receive a donation of $1,000 in their name.
Please review the categories and apply for yourself or nominate someone else for an award. If you are unsure which category to choose do not worry, please select the one you sthink is closest. When nominating someone else, please tell us about how they are providing leadership in the category.
Completed nominations (including additional supporting documents) must be received by 5pm PDT May 17 2017.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Vancouver Foundation staff at 1-604-688-2204 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
26.5% of British Columbians’ “mother tongue” is a non-official language, followed by Ontario (25.7%), Alberta (19.4%), and Quebec (12.3%). British Columbia has the highest percentage of language diversity of any Canadian province.