20th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Tickets available until February 29th

Sally Armstrong, award winning author, journalist and human rights activist to speak at the 21st annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 7th.

Armstrong was the first journalist to bring the story of the women of Afghanistan to the world and is relentless when it comes to exposing the abuse of women whether on an American university campus or a village in a war zone.

Also known as “La Talibanista,” Armstrong is a three-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada media award, recipient of the Gold Award for Investigative Journalism at The Canadian Online Publishing Gala, holds ten honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada.

Her beat is to find out what happens to women and girls. She’s a passionate speaker, and a great storyteller.

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Keynote speaker Sally Armstrong

Tickets are now on sale for the awards dinner, which will feature an ethnically diverse dinner buffet, entertainment, and remarks from emcee Fred Lee, Vancouver’s “Man About Town.”

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.

“Back in 2003, we weren’t sure if there was enough interest to host an event recognizing diversity and inclusion in our community,” said Manpreet Grewal, Archway Director of Multicultural and Immigrant Integration Services. “But from the beginning, people bought into the concept and sponsors came on board.”

There are more than 50 nominees in six categories: Inclusive Environment, Marketing, Innovative Initiative, Champion of Diversity (youth and adult), and Effective Human Resources Strategies.

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.

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

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the 21st anniversary and thankful for all those who have helped us and this event have such longevity,” said event organizer Jade Lehti. “A special thanks to our Speaker Sponsor, Prospera Credit Union, for their continued support.”

The awards in each category will be presented by award sponsors: the Abbotsford School District, Archway Interpretation & Translation Services, Envision Financial, University of the Fraser Valley, and WorkSafeBC. The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, March 7, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre.

Tickets are available online at diversityawards.ca or by calling 604-308-5673

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the 21st anniversary and thankful for all those who have helped us and this event have such longevity.”

Jade Lehti

Event Organizer

Fred Lee, CDA Emcee

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