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Immigrant Services Calgary announces the recipients of the 2016 Immigrants of Distinction Awards

Calgary, AB, March 14, 2016 – Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is delighted to announce the recipients of the 20th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards.

The 2016 Immigrants of Distinction Awards gala was held last Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Westin Calgary Hotel to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of immigrants to Calgary.


The distinguished 2016 award recipients are as follows:

•      Achievement Under 35: Dr. Irehobhude O. Iyioha

•      Arts and Culture: Jose Gregorio Duque

•      Community Service: Bojan Tosic

•      Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Bob Dhillon

•      Hadassah Ksienski Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Hude Quan and Dr. Serdar Yilmaz

•      Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura

•      Organizational Diversity: Calgary United Soccer Association

•      Youth Scholarships: Andrew Min, DanYang Ni (Lucy), Moiz Hafeez, Sophie Zhao, Varun Kundra


The event hosted a full room of guests from all levels of government, the corporate community, and the voluntary sector. The theme for the evening was “Fostering a Legacy of Excellence”; which commemorates the success of newcomers in their professional and business endeavors, as well as recognizes the new and innovative ideas immigrants bring to the Calgary community.

“The Immigrants of Distinction Awards provides a platform to publically recognize the innovation, talent, and positive impact that immigrants and refugees contribute to Calgary and to Canada.” says Krystyna Biel, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Chief Executive Officer.

His Worship, Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, offered his reflections on the award recipients’ achievements.

“The individuals being recognized at these awards are community leaders, and we are fortunate to benefit from their continued dedication to making Calgary even better.”

To learn more about the awards gala, please visit

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                       


(403) 538-8358


Maria Sol Freire

Communications Coordinator

Immigrant Services Calgary


(403) 705 8892