2015 Fresh Voices B.C. Awards

Do you know an inspiring young person that is making British Columbia more welcoming for newcomers? Now is your chance to say thank you.

Fresh Voices, in partnership with MOSAIC and Vancity, is hosting an awards evening to recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia working to advance social and systemic change.

GALA DINNER EVENING – October 2, 2015

Join us on October 2, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of immigrant and refugee youth at our gala dinner evening.




We are providing five awards that recognize some of the different ways that young people and their allies can make a difference for newcomers.

Education & Learning – $1,000
  • Leadership to improve school system by addressing/recommending more inclusive policies and raising awareness about discrimination.
  • Raising awareness and advocating for refugee students and unaccompanied minors in school system.
  • Raising awareness, advocating and addressing UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in the school system (i.e: Article 28 – Every child has a right to education.)
  • Working with community, schools, teachers and school system to value the diverse language skills of migrant students
Family – $1,000
  • Supporting meaningful and safe conversations in migrant communities and families regarding cultural dynamics of gender roles and LGBTQ issues
  • Leading, developing, facilitating programs and services that enhance awareness and understanding of immigrant family issues
  • Promote intergenerational spaces to talk about the impact changes in roles and responsibilities have on traditional family values, dynamics and identities — particularly when youth seem to become the “head of the families” or key caregivers.
  • Demonstrated support to helping peers and other young newcomers advance their education and employment goals.
Building Bridges across Diverse Communities – $1,000
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership working to build bridges and working in solidarity with Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • Creating safe spaces to bring together immigrant and non-immigrant youth for increased understanding and empathy.
  • Interfaith approaches to learn from one another that allows for healing and developing a new collective identity.
Immigration – $1,000
  • Ensuring that immigrants and refugees have the right to organize, express their opinions and vote for things that affect them.
  • Peer support programs and services where they could connect to other immigrants and refugees with similar experiences. They also acknowledged the “hosts” programs, where volunteers helped guide the process of settlement for the youth.
  • Raising awareness and advocating on key legislation, policies and Bills (such as Bill C-31) that have implications for migrant communities.
Ally Award – $1,000

This award will go to an adult, an organization or a grassroots movement in B.C that works to advance the rights of immigrant and refugee youth.

The successful recipient (whether an individual or organization), will be able to select a British Columbia charity or non-profit of their choice, in which a donation of $1,000 will be made in their name.


DEADLINE: 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Completed nominations (including additional supporting documents) must be received by 4:30pm PST on Wednesday September 16th, 2015.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Vancouver Foundation staff at 1-604-688-2204 or email:

Download the nomination package

Did you know?

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.

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