Organizational Impact


DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact

Celebrating clients, volunteers or community partners making an impact through leadership, community building, innovation or inspiration

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society offers awards annually to recognize and celebrate inspiring clients, volunteers or community partners, who are making an impact through leadership, community building, innovation or inspiration, in areas or fields that relate to DIVERSEcity’s work.

The awards also honour the legacy of several changemakers in our organization’s history who were tireless advocates in their fields.

Now renamed DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact, we have added two new awards this year, totalling five awards, each with a financial award of $500.

Nominations are now open (please use the nomination form below) and will close on Friday, August 26, 2022, at noon.

Winners will be selected by a DIVERSEcity selection committee, notified and invited to attend our DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact presentation at our 2022 Annual General Meeting, on September 29, 2022, at 4–7 pm.

Who can be nominated?

Eligible award nominees must have a connection with DIVERSEcity, as a current or former client or volunteer; or an individual connected to DIVERSEcity through a community partnership such as the Surrey LIP.

Nominees must be 19 years or older, and be a permanent resident or citizen in Canada, and reside, study or work in the Lower Mainland of BC. Self-nominations are allowed.

DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact

Youth Leadership Award

The Youth Leadership Award is awarded to a rising star (19–30) who has taken their experience with DIVERSEcity to transition successfully into a career, showcasing leadership and courage in their journey, while inspiring others.

This award is presented in memory of Maria Celaje, who was a dedicated workplace facilitator in DIVERSEcity’s Future Leaders Program, guiding the successful journeys of many immigrant youth over the years.

Food Justice Advocate Award

The Food Justice Advocate Award is awarded to an individual who has worked in supporting poverty alleviation or food security issues in the community as a volunteer, student or professional, in connection with DIVERSEcity.

This award is presented in memory of Funke Ilumoka, who was our dedicated, passionate community kitchen coordinator with DIVERSEcity’s Food Security Programs for many years.

Community Champion Award

The Community Champion Award is awarded to an individual who has positively impacted newcomers in their community through their work or volunteering, or been a committed leader in an ethno-cultural community.

This award is presented in memory of Tom Kwok, a newcomer information and support worker at DIVERSEcity who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the clients he served and the community at large.

Strengthening Safety Award

The Strengthening Safety Award is awarded to an individual who has overcome multiple barriers, violence or trauma, and inspired others through their journey or contributions to creating safe spaces for others.

This award is presented in connection with our Violence Prevention Services, and Refugee and LGBTQ+ newcomer programs.

Inspiring Seniors Award

The Inspiring Seniors Award is awarded to an inspiring older adult (55+) who is empowering other seniors to live happier, healthier and more independent lives, either through volunteering, community building, working, sharing their culture or talent, or caregiving.

This award is presented in connection with our Seniors Services.

DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact

Application Form
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  • Themes are employment, food security, community leadership, seniors or creating safe spaces (i.e., violence prevention, LGBTQ+ advocacy)
  • Please show how your goals are related to the theme of the award of choice.
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