RISE Awards

Nominations for the 2018 RISE Awards are now CLOSED. Congratulations to all the 2018 Recipients! 

 

2018 Award Recipients - CONGRATULATIONS! 

Arts & Culture Award - Pedro Rodriquez de los Santos

Born in Uruguay and having spent 13 years in Canada, Mr. Rodriguez de los Santos is an expert visual art storyteller, with over 20 years of practice focusing on the subject matter of water, diversity and inclusivity. Mr. Rodriguez de los Santos' visual arts experience has a solid foundation based on his education in the science of psychology and extensive education and practice in the fine arts. Pedro’s artworks include painting and drawing in the mediums of: acrylic and oil paint, ink, coffee & tea wash, as well as a specialization in fresco murals. The breadth of Pedro’s experience includes: murals (both painted and digital) on a large scale, writer & interpreter of stories, dramaturge– acting & directing (defining roles of the stories), as well as live audio-visual storytelling workshops and performances.

 

Community Leadership - Sahra Hashi

Sahra Hashi determined that there needed to be a more focused organization to deal with the critical needs of immigrant women and children coming to Canada, more specifically the greater Edmonton area. Sahra and one other contributor, established the Somali Women & Children Association to assist in these needs in 2010. The identified needs included the critical integration of immigrant women, who are the more disadvantaged segment of the mostly refugees fleeing to Canada to provide them the skills to be productive citizens. She also determined that a good number of Somali children were being placed in non-immigrant foster homes or up for adoption. Sahra, as Executive Director, has created and personally implemented programs to support the needs of these women and children. For the early years, Sahra was virtually the only full time volunteer of the association while managing to successfully raise her son as a single mother. The association early operations were based out of an inadequate and cramped location. Under Sahra's direction and efforts, the association is now operating out of offices presently totalling 4,000 sq. ft. ideally located for community needs with a present operations team of twelve (12) professionals including trained social workers, youth co-ordinators as some examples.

 

RBC Rising Star Youth Award - Kondeh Mansaray

Kondeh started a soccer team within his community 4 years ago. He noticed the youth within the community were vunlernable to gangs and drugs and wanted to make a difference. He grabbed a ball and started kicking it around by himself, he noticed the kids asked to join in and each day more and more kids started showing up. Within a very short time frame there were enough kids showing up to make a couple teams. Kondeh wanted to teach the boys how to play "the beautiful game" the right way, so he brought pylons, cones, nets and starting teaching some technical and tactical drills. The boys were happy, having fun and became engaged in soccer and were staying out of trouble. Kondeh created BTB Soccer Academy which gave the boys a sense a belonging, feeling safe and having a positive role model. 


CPA Lifetime Achievement Award - Khalid Tarabain

Khalid has helped build infrastructure that serves the community in a myriad of ways. His contributions have led to the developemnt of a large and very impressive k-12 school, (The Edmonton Islamic Academy), a dedicated Muslim cemmetary, the establishment of scholarships, (AREF), an endowed Islamic position at the University of Alberta, the incorporation of an Islamic Cultures component to Alberta's Jr High curriculum, the creation of an umbrella organization of Edmonton's Muslim organizations (ECMC), a public advocacy group (AMPAC), and more. In each of the above, Khalid was a key mover that enabled the completion/development of the project. Outside the Muslim community Khalid has helped foster inter-faith dialogue, cooperation with public safety, roast-beef dinners for inner city residents at Boyle St Community Services, and deep cross-party political ties. Because of Khalid the Muslim community has essential infrastructure necessary to feel at home. Khalid has built the institutions that allow many to feel like Edmonton is there home. Without his contribution many would still fret over issues relating to where there bones would rest, where their kids would go to school, where they would worship, and if their voice would be heard in the halls of power. Khalid's contribution cannot be understated. Becuase of him Edmonton has been better able to welcome newcomers, upskill youth, and host meaningful inter-faith dialogue.

 

Welcoming Workplace Award - Alif Partners

ALIF Partners is a creative management consultancy who, over the past twenty years, has collectively worked on some of the biggest and best brands in the world, as well as with emerging organizations slated for greatness. The organization works with leaders who want to grow their organization while inspiring teams to higher performance and meaningful results. A primary focus of ALIF’s consultancy work is focused on the for-benefit sector, or the fourth sector, which integrates social and environmental aims with business approaches. These organizations are not defined by profit, nor by its absence, but rather by quality and impact. ALIF aims, through its work, to emulate that approach as well, by providing thorough, thoughtful, and meaningful work for both its clients and its employees. ALIF is staffed by a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different backgrounds who, through their personal experiences and individual narratives, bring unique strengths and approaches to their work, enhancing both the success of the company and the benefit to the company’s clients. The employees’ distinct backgrounds, and ALIF’s support of this unique quality in a group of consultants, offers clients an approach and perspective in their work that would not be possible within a homogenous workforce. ALIF encourages and nurtures this diversity within its staff, and prides itself on being a unique example in its industry of how diversity can provide even more success and collaboration than employee identities that conform to a particular expectation or approach.

Building Futures Award - Police & Youth Engagement Program (PYEP)

PYEP is youth led, community driven initiative that builds relationship with Edmonton Police Service and ethnocultural communities and youth leadership capacity. This strong collaboration is represented by; 13 community leaders from 7 ethnocultural communities, (Ethiopian, Eritrean, Iraqi, Oromo, Somali, Sudanese, Syrian) Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Police Foundation, Edmonton Public Schools (Metro Summer School), City of Edmonton and REACH Edmonton as the backbone organization. The objectives of the program are: 1. To provide ongoing dialogue to establish a deeper understanding and build trust between the EPS and emerging ethnocultural youth and their families. 2. To provide members from emerging ethnocultural communities opportunity to gain a better understanding of police, law enforcement, and their own role in shaping safer neighborhoods. 3. For ethnocultural youth to gain leadership skills by mentoring youth participants and building capacity with the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program. 4. Increase participant understanding of Canadian norms and beliefs along with a strengthened capacity for employability of youth leaders in various sectors. 5. For ethnocultural youth to gain knowledge and appreciation about volunteering and pre-employment opportunities. 6. Provide a credited high school course focusing on Community Volunteerism and Supporting Positive Behaviour. 7. For youth to gain inter-cultural awareness and understanding of indigenous culture.

 


2018 RISE AWARDS CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

This award will recognize an immigrant who demonstrates a remarkable commitment to community engagement, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

Criteria:
1.    Nominee must have been born outside of Canada
2.    Nominee must be a permanent resident or citizen
3.    Nominee can not self nominate
4.    Nominee can only be nominated for one category
5.    Nominee has not previously received a RISE Award in this category
6.    Nominee agrees to the nomination
7.    Nominee must not be a current employee of EMCN
8.    Nominee demonstrates understanding and passion towards addressing one or more community issue
9.    Nominee can provide examples of their work
10.  Nominee can identify the significant impacts of their social contributions, with clear and measurable outcomes

Community Leadership Award Application Form 

 

RBC RISING STAR YOUTH AWARD

This award will recognize an immigrant youth who demonstrates outstanding initiative in civic engagement on social issues, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

Criteria:
1.    Nominee must have been born outside of Canada
2.    Nominee must be a permanent resident or citizen
3.    Nominee must be between the ages of 15 - 25
4.    Nominee can not self nominate
5.    Nominee can only be nominated for one category
6.    Nominee has not previously received a RISE Award in this category
7.    Nominee agrees to the nomination
8.    Nominee must not be a current employee of EMCN
9.    Nominee demonstrates understanding and passion towards addressing one or more social issue(s)
10.  Nominee can provide examples of their work
11.  Nominee can identify the significant impacts of their social contributions, with clear and measurable outcomes

RBC Rising Star Youth Award Application Form 

 

ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD

This award will recognize an immigrant artist who demonstrates an outstanding commitment of community engagement through arts and culture, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

Criteria:
1.    Nominee must have been born outside of Canada
2.    Nominee must be a permanent resident or citizen
3.    Nominee can not self nominate
4.    Nominee can only be nominated for one category
5.    Nominee has not previously received a RISE Award in this category
6.    Nominee agrees to the nomination
7.    Nominee must not be a current employee of EMCN
8.    Nominee can demonstrate artistic discipline and experience in their field 
9.    Nominees body of work, artistic project or program significantly impacts individuals and the community, with clear and measurable outcomes

Arts and Culture Award Application Form 

 

CPA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award will recognize an immigrant who, over a significant period of time, has demonstrated an exceptional commitment of community engagement, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

Criteria:

1.    Nominee must have been born outside of Canada
2.    Nominee must be a permanent resident or citizen
3.    Nominee can not self nominate
4.    Nominee can only be nominated for one category
5.    Nominee has not previously received a RISE Award in this category
6.    Nominee agrees to the nomination                                                                                                                              7.    Nominee must not be a current employee of EMCN
8.    Nominee demonstrates active contributions of at least 10 years
9.    Nominee demonstrates an exceptional understanding and passion towards more than one community issue
10.  Nominee demonstrates skill or a high degree of expertise in their realm of specialization; resulting in tangible and measurable impacts in the community
11.  Nominee is a reputable and highly respected member of the community 

CPA Lifetime Achievement Award Application Form

 

BUILDING FUTURES AWARD

This award will recognize a group or organization that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to innovative engagement with immigrants, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

Criteria:

1.    Nominee is a non-government organization
2.    Nominee can not self nominate
3.    Nominee can only be eligible for one category
4.    Nominee has not previously received a RISE Award in this category
5.    Nominee agrees to the nomination
6.    Nominee’s contributions must go above and beyond standard settlement and integration practices; with clear and measurable outcomes
7.    Nominee demonstrates collaboration as part of the success of the initiative 
8.    Nominees' work is reputable and highly regarded in the community 

Building Futures Award Application Form

 

WELCOMING WORKPLACE

This award recognizes an employer who demonstrates an outstanding promise to achieve cultural awareness and appreciation, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive workplace for immigrants. 

Criteria:

1.    Nominee can be any organization in the greater Edmonton area that employs 5 or more people
2.    Nominee has not previously received a RISE Award in this category
3.    Nominee can only be eligible for one category
4.    Nominee, with signing authority, agrees to the nomination
5.    Nominee demonstrates cultural awareness and appreciation in the workplace
6.    Nominee demonstrates an appreciation towards the skills and experience of immigrants in the workplace
7.    Nominee can demonstrate clear and measurable outcomes 
 

Welcoming Workplace Award Application Form 

 


 

NOMINATION PROCESS

1. Download the PDF application form 

2. Completed applications and supporting documents are to be emailed to rise@emcn.ab.ca or delivered to              EMCN, 11713-82St. Edmonton, Alberta T5B2V9 c/o Marla Welk – Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

3. Please ensure all fields are filled out on the application prior to submission and sent it on or before the deadline

4. Supporting documents are defined as: news articles, videos, portfolio, pictures, interviews and letters of support

SELECTION PROCESS

1. The selection committee is an independent body from EMCN. Members of the community have a diversity of cultural, personal and professional backgrounds. The selection committee reviews all nominations which are shortlisted to finalists, and finally one (1) recipient for each category who best meet the criteria

2. The selection committee reserves the right to place nominees in another award category if they deem the criteria satisfactory

3. Nominees will receive a confirmation of submission

4. Award nominees will be contacted once selections have been made

5. Each award recipient will be provided with two (2) complimentary tickets to the RISE Awards. Additional tickets will be available for purchase

6. Award recipients and finalists will be announced on the RISE Awards website

 

 


 

TIMELINE

NOMINATIONS OPEN April 25, 2018

NOMINATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE May 29, 2018

NOTIFICATIONS June 11, 2018

 


DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FORMS

Community Leadership Award Application Form

RBC Rising Star Youth Award Application Form

Arts and Culture Award Application Form

Building Futures Award Application Form

CPA Lifetime Achievement Award Application Form

Welcoming Workplace Award Application Form

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