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Immigrant Services Calgary seeks to honour immigrants and highlight their exceptional achievements


Calgary, AB, Monday, September 11, 2015- Do you know an immigrant who has made amazing contributions to Calgary’s community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 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 2016 annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) are officially open and will be accepted until 4:30pm on Monday, November 30, 2015.

For the past 20 years, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has hosted the annual IDA gala to celebrate diversity and the outstanding contributions of immigrants and refugees to Calgary and their community. “Fostering a Legacy of Excellence” is the chosen theme for the 20th Anniversary of the IDA Gala, which commemorate 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.

"Immigrants of Distinction Awards represent a voice for the immigrant population here in Calgary. I see the immigrant population in Calgary as superheroes since they leave everything behind just to create a wonderful future for their loved ones. This is why the IDA gala is important as it gives the immigrant population the appreciation that they so deserve” says Nilufer Hasanova, Youth Scholarship Recipient, IDA 2015.Through their skills, passion and vision; the achievements of newcomers have enhanced the cultural, social and economic richness of Calgary allowing us to truly foster a legacy of excellence as a city. Immigrant Services Calgary is eager to celebrate the accomplishments that will emerge from the nominations for our 2016 Immigrants of Distinction Awards.

ISC is currently accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Achievement Under 35
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Service
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Hadassah Ksienski Lifetime Achievement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • 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 20th Annual IDA Gala on March 11, 2016, 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 IDA 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:

Maria Sol Freire

Communications Coordinator