Simcoe County recognizes community champions

Simcoe County recently honoured residents, businesses, and organizations during the sixth annual Newcomer Recognition Awards. The awards recognize community leaders and champions who purposefully take action to enhance the lives of newcomers in the county.

“This is one of my favourite events as we celebrate our growing diversity in Simcoe County and recognize residents who help facilitate change in our communities,” said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “Our region is one of the top places in Ontario to live, work and raise a family, and led by our local immigration partnership, we look forward to working with our partners to further our programs, increase support services and create welcoming communities.”

Award recipients were nominated by their peers in 12 categories through an open nomination process. Nomination forms were reviewed by the awards steering committee.

The recipients are Jacqueline O’Keeffe (immigrant youth); Ulisses Schimmels (immigrant mentor); Karandeep Singh (immigrant artist); Rosa Diaz (immigrant entrepreneur); Barrie Public Library (culturally diverse workforce); Black Bear Flooring (welcoming work environment); Simcoe County Library Co-operative (marketing and outreach); Chris Hadfield Public School (multiculturalism through education – school); Brandy Mullen (multiculturalism through education – educator); Judy Morozuk (service excellence); Jessica Dinner and Emily Wolst (youth community champion) and Shakir Barmare (community champion).

The Newcomer Recognition Awards were developed as a priority of the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership.

Photo: Back row, from the left: Ulisses Schimmels (immigrant mentor); Rolands Deglau (welcoming work environment, Black Bear Flooring); Karandeep Singh (immigrant artist); Emily Fleming (culturally diverse workforce); Judy Morozuk (service excellence); Rosa Diaz (immigrant mentor); Shakir Barmare (community champion); Sonia Leggatt, Catherine Ferria and Natalie Edgar (multiculturalism through education – school). Front row: Jessica Dinner and Emily Wolst (youth community champion); Lynda Reid and Ruth Sawyer (marketing and outreach – Library Cooperative of Simcoe County); Leslie Palson, for Brandy Mullen (multiculturalism through education – educator); Jacqueline O’Keeffe (immigrant youth).

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