Vernon is looking its 2019 multicultural community champions.
The program, now in its fourth year, shows how diversity strengthens the community by highlighting the contributions of local residents.
Annette Sharkey, executive director of the Social Planning Council, says they’re looking for multicultural nominees who make contributions through entrepreneurship, career, mentorship or volunteerism.
“Our community is rich with people from indigenous cultures as well as people from around the world contributing to the fabric of our society. We’ve had such a positive response to the program and we’re excited to continue to share these amazing stories,” says Sharkey.
Nominations can be made by completing a simple form and submitting it to the Social Planning by email before December 15, 2018.
The forms are available to download online at www.socialplanning.ca
“Nominees will need to be comfortable being celebrated, sharing their culture and having their story told publicly, ” adds Sharkey.
Up to 10 nominations will be selected as Community Champions and will have their story professionally written and shared in the community. They will also be honoured at a multicultural reception in March 2019 and receive a keepsake copy of their feature story.
“Under the banner “Respect Works Here” these stories inspire and captivate readers. Respect comes from understanding each other better and this simple initiative
shows the strength our community gains from embracing and celebrating diversity.”
Funding for the program is provided by the Province of BC.
Photo: Multicultural champions from 2017