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The 18th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 10th will be virtual event for the first time. 

Although the event will look different, organizers felt it was important to continue recognizing individuals and organizations who celebrate and champion diversity in the community.  

 “Despite, and in some cases because of the pandemic, organizations and individuals are continuing to go above and beyond in being inclusive and encouraging diversity of all kinds,” said event organizer Patricia Driessen     

“When we held the last event in March 2020 it was just as the restrictions were coming in place,” said Driessen. “We joked that it would be the last big gathering for a while but none of us could have predicted it would still be happening almost a year later.”

This year’s keynote speech will be by Jahmeelah “Jam” Gamble who is an award-winning media personality and CEO behind “Slay the Mic”, a program that helps people transform their voice into their ultimate superpower. In her speechGamble will be spreading a message to encourage all to stay united during these very challenging times. 

 Past speakers at the awards night have talked about various forms of cultural diversity, including from abilities, ethnicity, gender, age, race, religion, sexual-orientation or socio-economic background.

Three-time world champion hoop dancer Alex Wells will open the event performing with up to 22 hoopsWells is from the Lil’wat Nation north of Whistler and his energetic dance conveys a story of the creation of life. 

There are over 60 nominees up for the six different award categories which will be presented live over video 

 Previous winners have been businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that work towards building an inclusive community, providing their clients and customers with accessible environments, and having workforces reflective of their community. 

 Archway Community Services presents the event in partnership with the Mission and Chilliwack Community Services as well as the Langley New Directions English Language School. 

 RSVP at DiversityAwards.ca/RSVP to attend the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at 7pm.  

“Despite, and in some cases because of the pandemic, organizations and individuals are continuing to go above and beyond in being inclusive and encouraging diversity of all kinds.”

Patricia Driessen

Event Organizer

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