Do you know an outstanding immigrant who deserves to be recognized?
If you do, you can nominate that person for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards of 2013, presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine and supported by the title sponsor, RBC Royal Bank, and associate sponsor, Chevrolet.
“What qualifies someone to be a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant? Any immigrant who has made the decision to embrace Canada and make it a better place,” said Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant magazine. “More than that, they are sources of great inspiration to others in this country, which is why we want you to nominate someone who inspires you.”
The award is unique in that it allows Canadians to first nominate and then vote directly for individuals. More than 28,000 votes from across Canada were cast in the 2012 awards program.
Some of the winners from previous years include Olympic wrestler Daniel Igali, Dragons’ Den’s Robert Herjavec and politician Olivia Chow. Recently, Mississauga entrepreneur and philanthropist Aditya Jha — a recipient of the award in 2010 — was named a member of the Order of Canada.
Nominations can be made by visiting canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25 until Feb. 28. A panel of judges will review all nominees and present a list of 75 finalists who will be profiled online in March, after which all Canadians can vote for their favourite nominees.
The 25 winners will be announced in June, and will be recognized in Canadian Immigrant magazine, owned by the Metroland Media Group.
They will also receive a commemorative plaque and $500 toward a charity of their choice provided by RBC.
“Nominating someone as a top Canadian immigrant presents an opportunity to recognize role models who have encouraged and motivated others and applaud those who have made significant contributions to this country,” said Paul Sy, director, multicultural markets at RBC. “The winners from previous years were nothing short of inspirational and we know there are many more immigrants who deserve recognition for giving back to Canada.”