2016 Fresh Voices Awards – Nominate someone today!

Deadline Extended to November 18

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.

These themes have been informed through ongoing engagement with immigrant and refugee youth and organizations and communities working in partnership with young people.

Youth may apply for an award directly, or can nominate someone else to receive an award. Adults can only nominate someone else for an award.

The Fresh Voices 2016 Awards recipients will be announced at a Gala Dinner as part of the Fresh Voices 2016 Forum, on the evening of Monday, December 5th in Vancouver, B.C.

We look forward to recognizing more amazing immigrant and refugee youth in 2016!

Eight $1,000 awards

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.

7 Youth Awards

  • Six $1,000 awards for youth in B.C.
  • One $1,000 award for youth from across Canada

1 Adult-Ally Award

  • One $1,000 award for an adult ally in B.C.

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.

DEADLINE: 5pm on Friday, November 18th, 2016

Completed nominations (including additional supporting documents) must be received by 5:pm PST on Friday, November 18th, 2016.

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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