Helping Newcomers is its own Reward
At DIVERSEcity, we have assisted countless newcomers find employment, learn English, find housing, get counselling, access medical care, become a citizen and so much more. Seeing our clients succeed is definitely its own reward, but we are also humbled by the awards and recognition our organization and our people have received for our work.
Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), managed by DIVERSEcity, won a 2022 BC Reconciliation Award by BC Achievement Foundation for its work on creating the Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.
Neelam Sahota, CEO, DIVERSEcity, won the BC Business Woman of the Year award in the Non-Profit Leader category.
Vandna Joshi, senior manager, employment programs, wins the Non-Profit Leader category at the Surrey Women in Business Awards, by Surrey Board of Trade.
Florence Kao, self-employment programs coordinator, receives a Surrey Women in Business Award in the Social Trailblazer category, presented by Surrey Board of Trade.
Neelam Sahota, CEO, DIVERSEcity, received the provincial Trustee Excellence Award from the B.C. Library Trustees Association for her volunteer work with Surrey Libraries.
Neelam Sahota, CEO, DIVERSEcity, received second place, Honourable Mention, in the Surrey Now Leader’s Community Leader Awards in the “Leader of the Year” category.
DIVERSEcity was one of the AMSSA member organization recipients of the 2020-2021 Riasat Ali Khan Award for contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC.
Bronze Winner, Surrey Now-Leader’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Local Charity category
Florence Kao, won a CSSEA Award of Excellence, in the “Hero” Category for her extraordinary work as DIVERSEcity’s Self-employment Coordinator
Finalist, Surrey Board of Trade’s Surrey Business Excellence Awards, in the Not-for-Profit (Resilience) category
Kristi Pinderi, DIVERSEcity’s LGBTQ+ Support Worker and an LBGTQ+ advocate originally from Albania, was a Top 75 Finalist in the 2021 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards
Garrison Duke, DIVERSEcity’s director of language and employment programs, is recognized with an Honourable Mention at the Surrey Now-Leader‘s Community Leader Awards in the “Above & Beyond” category
Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity, is the winner of the Excellence in Community Engagement Award, Drishti Awards 2020
Riasat Ali Khan Award by AMSSA, our fourth time receiving this award for our innovative contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC, including a special focus on our LGBTQ+ program, Together Now
Harsh Thakkar, manager of DIVERSEcity Interpretation & Translation Services, is named an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winner of 2020.
Wasan Abdulrazzaq, of DIVERSEcity’s children’s programs, won the Award for Resilience at the 2020 Shakti Awards
Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity, won the Award for Leadership Excellence in the 2020 Shakti Awards
Laura Mannix, DIVERSEcity’s Director, Community Development, is a Finalist in the Surrey Board of Trade’s Women in Business Excellence Awards, in the Social Trailblazer category
Finalist, Surrey Board of Trade’s Surrey Business Excellence Awards, in the Not-for-Profit category
Special recognition from the City of Surrey for DIVERSEcity’s 40th anniversary
Premier’s Award for Innovation, in the Partnership category, for our Refugee Readiness Fund
Wellness Fits Extra Mile Award by BC Cancer Agency and Healthy Families BC for providing workplace wellness for employees
Riasat Ali Khan Award by AMSSA, our third time receiving this award for our innovative contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC
Provincial Government Refugee Response Team Award
United Way of the Lower Mainland Participation Award
Neelam Sahota, CEO, DIVERSEcity, was a winner in the Surrey Women in Business Awards by the Surrey Board of Trade, in the Not-for-Profit Leader category
BC Recreation and Parks Association Award for program excellence for our Sports and Me Children’s program
Premier’s Award for our First Steps program, in the Partnership category
Riasat Ali Khan Award by AMSSA, our second time receiving this award for our innovative contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC
Nominated for the Civic Beautification Award by the City of Surrey for our Community Garden program
Soma Ganesan Spirit of Hope Award for our Child and Youth Empowerment Camp
Scotiabank and United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Community Spirit Award for our South Asian Seniors Project, in the Celebration of Community category
Riasat Ali Khan Award by AMSSA for our innovative contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC
Awarded a Social Planning Award from the City of Surrey
Nominated by our peers as one of 10 Outstanding Non-Profit Organizations and profiled in a book funded by the United Way of Lower Mainland, the Vancouver Foundation and the Kahanoff Foundation