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2013 Immigrants of Distinction Awards TONIGHT!

Calgary, AB, Friday, March 1, 2013 – BLOOM, the celebration of new lives, new leaders and new community, takes place tonight at The Westin. Immigrant Services Calgary is pleased to be celebrating the 17thannual Immigrants of Distinction Awards this evening. “It is an event of great pride for Calgary to be celebrating the wonderful accomplishments of esteemed immigrants”, says Josephine Pon, the Chair of IDA Team Bloom 2013! The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of immigrants to Calgary in the categories of Business, Youth Scholarship, Community Service, Organizational Diversity, Lifetime Achievement and Achievement Under 40. The  Hadassah Ksienski Distinguished Service Award recognizes the  achievement of leaders in the community dedicated to furthering diversity and helping immigrants. Recipients will be announced this evening at the gala. The event is sold out with a record 605 people attending including people from various levels of government as well as Consul Generals from various countries.

2013 Immigrants of Distinction Award Finalists:

Hadassah Ksienski: Usmashanie Reddy, Gurmit Sarpal

Business:  Rodolfo Cortes, Melanie Mitra, Mike (Mazar) Shaikh

Community Service:  Patrick Lor, Amal Mohamed

Lifetime Achievement: Sid and Bronia Cyngiser, Mike (Mazar) Shaikh

Achievement Under 40: Hayato Okamitsu, Halia Valladares-Montemayor

Organizational Diversity: Agrium, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.

Youth Scholarship Recipients: Mariam Awara, Amrita Bhattacharjee, Lien-Chiao Chueh,  Rajvir Dhindsa, Rose Fang, Miyuru Fernando, Angelica Lai, Hassan Riaz, Henry Su, Nawal Vajeed



Immigrant Services Calgary is a comprehensive settlement and integration agency that provides a wide range of programs and services to Calgary’s immigrant and refugee population. We are committed to working together with immigrants and their families to make Canada home. For additional information please visit our website: