The second edition of the Immigrants of Distinction Awards was a successful one put on by Partners in Settlement and Integration; a division of Yorkton Saskatchewan Abilities Council.
There were eight awards given out, including Immigrant of the Year, which recognizes an immigrant who has made significant contributions to East Central Saskatchewan in at least two areas: professional achievement, community building, and philanthropic endeavors.
The winner of the award was Melinda Montebon-Sevilla.
The second was Immigrant Group of the Year, presented to an immigrant organization that demonstrated ongoing dedication to promoting a strong multicultural society in the region.
Receiving it was the Parkland Filipino Canadian Association Inc.
The third award handed out was the Youth Scholarship Award, presented to the youth between 13 and 18 years old who have contributed or achieved in the Arts & Culture, Sports, Community & Volunteer activities, or Academics & Leadership.
Winning the award was Kerrie Poole.
Next was the Organizational Diversity Award, given out to a business that is leading the field in implementing diversity initiatives in the workplace, while providing employment opportunities and settlement supports to newcomers with various backgrounds.
The recipient was Tristar Foods Limited.
The Volunteer award was the fifth honour, going to an immigrant who’s provided outstanding volunteer service within the community. That went to Ajay Reddy Tadi.
Arts and Culture was awarded to an individual or group who has promoted immigrant arts and culture in Yorkton and area.
Accepting the award was a group called the Saskatchewan-Melville and Area Happening and Gatherings.
The Distinguished Service Award was given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, dedication, and compassion in the areas of immigrant services, program development, etc.
Rejean Houle was the winner.
Finally the eighth and final one was the Business Award; presented to an immigrant who has achieved success in the creation of or operation of a business which contributed to the economy. In addition would also value workforce diversity and inclusion.
The recipient was Dr. Oluwole Oduntan.
It was held at the Painted Hand Casino’s Parkland room in Yorkton Saturday evening.