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Awards and Bursaries

DIVERSEcity Awards and Bursaries

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society offers three annual awards and bursaries of $500 each.

Every year we offer three DIVERSEcity Awards and Bursaries: The Maria Celaje Bursary (youth employment),  Funke Ilumoka Bursary (food security) and the Tom Kwok Award (community leadership). Applications for 2021 are now closed.


The Maria Celaje Bursary was created in memory of Maria Celaje — a respected, long-term employee and Workplace Facilitator in DIVERSEcity’s Future Leaders Program. DIVERSEcity wishes to honour Maria’s memory and acknowledge her commitment and contributions to the immigrant youth she guided in the program over the years.

This bursary of $500 will be awarded to an exceptional young adult immigrant (aged 19–30) who has demonstrated that they have:

  1. Enhanced their work opportunities through the development of specific skills
  2. Transitioned successfully into employment
  3. Enrolled in an educational upgrading program to pursue their career goal
  4. Been associated with DIVERSEcity services.

The Funke Ilumoka Bursary has been created in memory of Funke Ilumoka — a respected, long-term employee and Community Kitchen Coordinator in DIVERSEcity’s Food Security Program. DIVERSEcity wishes to honour Funke’s memory and acknowledge her commitment and contributions to the newcomers she guided in the program over the years.

This bursary of $500 will be awarded to an exceptional newcomer in BC who has demonstrated that they have:

  1. Enhanced their work opportunities through the development of food related skills
  2. Enrolled in an educational program to pursue their food-related career goal
  3. Been a champion of food security issues in the community.

The Tom Kwok Award has been created in memory of Tom Kwok — a respected, long-term Newcomer Information and Support Worker with DIVERSEcity who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the clients he served and the community at large.

This award of $500 will be awarded to an exceptional newcomer in BC who has demonstrated they have:

  1. Positively impacted newcomers in their community through volunteering or
  2. Been a committed leader in an ethno-cultural community.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

All applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of DIVERSEcity managers and representatives of other community service providers. The winners will be announced on September 30, 2021, at DIVERSEcity’s Annual General Meeting.