Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

DIVERSEcity strives to achieve best practices and to remain a leader in the field of service delivery and policy development. Our milestones are a testimonial to these accomplishments.

1997, the Society was nominated by its peers as one of the 10 Outstanding Non-Profit Organizations and was profiled in a book funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Vancouver Foundation and the Kahanoff Foundation.

1998, the Ministry of Children and Family Services appointed DIVERSEcity (then known as Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society), as the Regional Multicultural Service Provider for Children and Family Services, South Fraser Region.

2000, the Society was one of 20 recipients of the Citation for Citizenship Award from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

2003, the Society was awarded by City of Surrey for its Social Planning Awards.

2003, the Society completed its Accreditation with the Council on Accreditation and was recognized as an organization that meets or exceeds international standards of practice in all of its operations.

2006, the Society was a finalist in the Surrey Business Excellence Awards, non-profit category as nominated by The Surrey Board of Trade.

2007, the Society’s Board of Directors made the decision to expand our services into other regions and therefore, re-branded to its new name: DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society with a new tag line – New Directions for New Canadians.

2007, our Executive Director, Lesley Woodman, received honourable mention at The Surrey Leader’s 5th Annual Community Leader Awards.

2007, the Society was named a finalist at the Surrey Business Excellence Awards through the Surrey Board of Trade.

2008, the Society was fast tracked through the re-accreditation process and received another four years in good standing with the Council on Accreditation (COA).

2008, the Society was the proud recipient of the Riasat Ali Khan award through the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC (AMSSA).

2008, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

2010, the South Asian Seniors Project won the Scotiabank and United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Community Spirit Awards in the Celebration of Community category.

2011, the Child & Youth Empowerment Camp won the Soma Ganesan Spirit of Hope Award.

2011, DIVERSEcity’s Community Garden program was nominated for the Civic Beautification Award by the City of Surrey.

2012, DIVERSEcity won the Riasat Ali Khan award for the second time.

2013, DIVERSEcity was the recipient of the Community Award from BMO Vancouver Marathon.

2013, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society celebrated its 35th Anniversary.

2013, BC Parks and Recreation Association Provincial Award of Program for Sports and Me Pilot Project

2013, Premier’s Award Promoting Innovation and Excellence- First Steps Early Years Refugee Settlement Program

2013, the Sports and Me Program for youth received the Program Excellence Award for it’s from the BC Recreation and Park Association.

2014, our CEO, Neelam Sahota, was the winner of the Surrey Women in Business Awards Not-for-Profit Leader category (Surrey Board of Trade)

2016, DIVERSEcity won the Riasat Ali Khan award for the third time for innovative contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC for our work with refugees.

2016, DIVERSEcity was the recipient of the Wellness Fits Extra Mile Award by the BC Cancer Agency and Healthy Families BC for providing workplace wellness for employees.

2017, in the Innovation in Partnership category, DIVERSEcity was the recipient of the Premier’s Award for lead work on the Refugee Readiness Fund.

2018, DIVERSEcity was a finalist in the Not-for-Profit Category of the Surrey Board of Trade’s 20th Business Excellence Awards.