Shown here are the 2018 recipients of the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards. Tickets are now available for this year’s event, taking place March 14 in Abbotsford.

Tickets now available for Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Cecelia Reekie announced as guest speaker at event in Abbotsford

Cecelia Reekie, a champion for truth and reconciliation, will speak at the 16th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 14.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which recognizes organizations and individuals that embrace the diversity and inclusion in the community.

As a proud member of the Haisla Nation, Reekie will weave her personal story of “walking in two worlds” as an adoptee.

She believes that Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians need to find a way to understand the truth about our shared history.

Past speakers at the awards night have talked about various forms of cultural diversity, including from abilities, ethnicity, gender, age, race, religion, sexual-orientation or socio-economic background.

RELATED: 2017 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

RELATED: 2018 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

There are 66 nominees up for the six different award categories. The evening will feature an ethnically diverse dinner buffet, entertainment and remarks from emcee Fred Lee, Vancouver’s “Man About Town”.

Abbotsford Community Services presents the event in partnership with the Mission and Chilliwack Community Services as well as the Langley New Directions English Language School.

Previous winners have been businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that work towards building an inclusive community, providing their clients and customers with accessible environments, and having workforces reflective of their community.

In addition to the existing Champion of Diversity award for individuals, a new award will recognize a Youth Champion of Diversity.

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, March 14 at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available online at diversityawards.ca or by calling 604-308-5673.

Just Posted

Son of slain former Hells Angel is one of two men sentenced for crime spree

Pair’s 2017 series of Lower Mainland robberies stretched from Surrey to Mission

Debussy, Chopin, Bartok, and a selection of Celtic favourites

‘Music for a summer afternoon’ features live harp and flute performances at Trinity Western House

Vancouver Giants Scouts sticking with team for another season

Contracts extended for Head Scout Terry Bonner and Scouting Director Daryl Anning

Carson Crimeni’s mom mourns son

Chantell Griffiths misses the son she hadn’t seen much in recent years

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

‘Person of interest’ identified after suspicious meat left in North Delta park

Piles of meat have been dumped near the 63rd Avenue trail entrance four times in the last 30 days

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Oppenheimer Park residents told to leave, clear out tents by Aug. 21

Police say park has seen influx of residents, violence in recent months

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Most Read