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


Calgary, AB, Wednesday, September 21, 2016- 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 the 2017 annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) are officially open and will be accepted until 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

For the past 21 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. “Global Talent - Canada's Advantage" is the chosen theme for the 21st IDA Gala, which focuses on how far we have come as a diverse Calgary community with the many achievements 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 has allowed me to recognize the countless immigrants in our communities who are putting forth their unwavering devotion to make our city the greatest place it can be for everyone” says Andrew Min, Youth Scholarship Recipient, IDA 2016.

Through their skills, passion and vision; the achievements of newcomers have enhanced the cultural, social and economic richness of Calgary allowing us to truly appreciate the global talent that we have in our community. Immigrant Services Calgary is eager to celebrate the accomplishments that will emerge from the nominations for the 2017 Immigrants of Distinction Awards.

ISC is currently accepting nominations in the following categories:

  •         Achievement Under 35
  •         Arts and Culture
  •         Community Service
  •         Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  •         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 external anonymous selection committee comprised of community members. Award recipients will be announced at the 21st Annual IDA Gala on March 10, 2017 at the Westin Calgary. 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