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Immigrant Services Calgary wants to honour the stories of inspiring immigrants and highlight their exceptional achievements


Calgary, AB, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Do you know an immigrant who has made amazing contributions to Calgary’s community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Professional Achievement, Business, or Community Service? What about an organization with a record of embracing diversity, or an immigrant or refugee youth whose accomplishments truly make him or her shine?


Nominations for the 19th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) will officially be open on September 16th and will be accepted until 1:30pm on Friday, November 28, 2014.


Since 1997, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has hosted the annual IDA gala to recognize the outstanding contributions of immigrants and refugees to Calgary and their community. “Inspiring New Stories” is the chosen theme for the 2015 IDA Gala, which celebrates not only the success of newcomers in their professional and business endeavors, but also in bringing new, innovative and positive impact to Calgary’s community. Stories of past recipients such as Yogeshwar Navagrah; who, through his love for beatifying public spaces, has created a publicly celebrated (and award winning) art display "Centennial Grove" located in Olympic Plaza. This is just one of his many achievements.  Margaret Adu, our 2014 Business Award recipient had a desire to build community among the elderly and with hard work and determination founded Aomega Group Inc., facilities for seniors. These individuals represent countless accomplished immigrants who have brought remarkable achievements and stories to this great city of ours. Immigrant Services Calgary is eager to celebrate the stories and accomplishments that will emerge from the nominations for our 2015 Immigrants of Distinction Awards.


ISC is currently accepting nominations in the following categories:


  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Service
  • Business
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Achievement Under 40
  • Hadassah Ksienski Distinguished Service Award
  • Organizational Diversity
  • Youth Scholarships


Individuals and organizations who are nominated must reside in Calgary or the surrounding area. All entries will be reviewed by an anonymous selection committee comprised of community members. Award recipients will be announced at the 19th Annual IDA Gala on March 6, 2015, at the Westin Calgary Hotel. Candidates must be nominated by someone other than themselves with the exception of the Youth Scholarship Category.

Nominations can be made by visiting the event’s website at


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 details, images, story ideas, or connections to past IDA recipients, visit our website at   or contact:


Cindy DeVouge
Chief Development Officer