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2017 Immigrants of Distinction Awards Finalists


Calgary, AB, Friday, January 27, 2017- Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 21st Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards.


The Immigrants of Distinction Awards are designed to bring to the greater Calgary community stories of achievement and contribution while recognizing some of Calgary’s most esteemed immigrants. Awards are presented in the categories of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Arts and Culture; Youth Scholarships; Community Service; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Organizational Diversity; Lifetime Achievement and Achievement Under 35.


Award recipients will be announced at the gala, held on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. at The Westin Calgary. The event will host over 600 guests, including representation from three levels of government, the corporate community, and the voluntary sector. This year’s Immigrants of Distinction Awards will also serve to celebrate two momentous anniversaries; Immigrant Services Calgary’s 40th anniversary of delivering quality settlement services to Calgary’s newcomers, and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.


The 2017 Immigrants of Distinction Awards finalists are as follows:


  • Achievement Under 35: Dr. Anupam Das, Dr. Bhavini Gohel, Dr. Diana Nada
  • Arts and Culture: Elena Bushan, Sylvia Prochownik, Tien (Janey) Luc-German
  • Community Service: Dahlia ElShafie, Miguel Cortines, Miroslav Reljic
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Dr. Anmol Kapoor, Naomi Pereira, Wilson Wong
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Anil Mehrotra, Dr. Irene Estay, Dr. Richard Guy  
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Dr. Laleh Behjat, Dr. Mohamed Elhabiby, Dr. Wael Badawy
  • Organizational Diversity: Evans, Genesis Centre, Syrian Refugees Support Group
  • Youth Scholarships: Ayush Ghosh, Janica Echavez, Jeremy Fan, Nicole Mfoafo-M’Carthy, Zeel Patel

These finalists showcase a broad range of incredible global talents and contributions to our community, and are united in recognizing that they exemplify the high level of achievement of Calgary’s immigrant population.

Tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased online at Early Bird ticket sales are available until February 1st.

ABOUT IMMIGRANT SERVICES CALGARY: ISC 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 contact:

Jamie Carrick                                                                  
Special Event Associate                                            
Immigrant Services Calgary                                                                      

Maria Freire                                                            
Communications Coordinator           
Immigrant Services Calgary                          




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