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Immigrant Achievement Awards


Call for Nominations

Lethbridge Family Services (LFS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the eighth annual Immigrant Achievement Awards (IAA).

An Immigrant Achievement Award is a valued and prestigious honour that recognizes, celebrates and pays tribute to the exemplary achievements and invaluable contributions of Immigrants to their community, and the wider Canadian society.

The nomination deadline for the 2017 Immigrant Achievement Award is Friday, August 25, 2017

or click here for a fillable PDF nomination form that you can download and print. 

Award Categories

LFS is currently accepting nominations in the following five categories:



Youth Achievement To recognize an immigrant youth, 14-25 years of age, who are making a difference in their new community through achievement and/or service, and show great potential as long-term nation builders, in one or more of the following areas:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sports
  • Community and Volunteer Activity
  • Academics
  • Leadership
Arts, Culture & Recreation To recognize significant contributions by an immigrant in a creative endeavor within one of the following areas that demonstrate an appreciation for cultural awareness:
  • Media or Technological Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Sports
To recognize an individual who has achieved outstanding success in his/her chosen career path or professional field. This individual will have made significant contributions to our city in the areas of professional achievement, business, community service and/or philanthropic endeavors
Organizational Diversity To recognize a business or organization that has championed inclusive hiring practices; shown a commitment to diversity in providing access to advancement and professional development opportunities; and/or significantly helped newcomer employees adjust to the Canadian workplace.
Newcomer of Promise To recognize an individual’s growth and success as a newcomer to Canada. A newcomer is an immigrant or refugee who has been in Canada for a short time, usually less than 3 or 5 years.

Award Requirements

• Nominated individuals and organizations must reside in Lethbridge or the surrounding area.
• Nominees must hold landed immigrant (Permanent Resident) or citizen status in Canada and must reside in Canada
• Submit nomination(s) via email, google forms or dropped off at our main office: 1107 2 Avenue ‘A’ North, Lethbridge, Alberta.
• Nominations can be made anonymously
• Employees of Lethbridge Family Services are not eligible for nomination

The nomination deadline for the 2017 Immigrant Achievement Award is Friday, August 25, 2017.

Who May Nominate? 

Anyone, including employees of Lethbridge Family Services, may nominate an eligible candidate for an award.

Submit A Nomination 

or click here for a fillable PDF nomination form that you can download and print. 

Selection Process

The selection committee reserves the right to move applicants to another award category if they deem appropriate. The committee may consider information submitted with the nomination, as well as information gathered from other relevant sources, to ensure the nominees meet the identified criteria and represent the spirit of the award.

Award recipients will be announced at the IAA awards night, held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Canadian Western Bank Lounge, Enmax Centre.

Need More Help?

Need assistance to complete the nomination form? Please contact Laura as she is more than happy to help you out!

Laura Branner
Committee Member, Immigrant Achievement Awards

Tel: (403)320-1589 Fax: (403)317-7654
Click Here to Email Laura


Why Support the Immigrant Achievement Awards?

At Lethbridge Family Services, we hear inspiring success stories of local immigrants and refugees every day.

These inspiring stories highlight the enormous contributions that immigrants and refugees make to build our community. Recognizing the memorable achievements of award recipients at the Immigrant Achievement Awards (IAA), acknowledges the challenges that newcomers face on their journey to becoming full contributors in Canadian society. These powerful stories inform the greater community and increase understanding of the value of diversity in our city.

For Sponsorship Opportunities

Michelle Gallucci
Director, Advancement and Community Relations

Tel: (403)320-1589 Fax: (403)317-7654
Click Here to Email Michelle

Thank You to Our 2017 IAA Sponsors!


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Ticket and Event Information

DATE: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ADMISSION: $55/ individual or $390/ table of eight

VENUE: Canadian Western Bank Lounge, Enmax Centre

EMCEE(S): To Be Announced



Use the interactive map below to plan your route to the ENMAX Centre via Google Maps.  Click here to go to Google Maps Directions page. Enter your location and get turn-by-turn directions to their facility.
Canadian Western Bank

Canadian Western Bank Lounge, Enmax Centre      
2510 Scenic Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 1N2

Past Recipients

Our alumnae include some of the city’s most fascinating and influential individuals and organizations whose outstanding achievements have made a lasting impact on the well-being and future of our community.

2016 Immigrant Achievement Awards

Nada Abu Omar

Outstanding Youth  Award Sponsored By Spanish Montessori Learning Centre

Chandra Adhikari

Arts, Culture, and Recreation Award Sponsored By Money Mentors

Excellence, Innovation & Distinguished Service (Individual)
Award Sponsored By CMARD

Flexibility Learning Systems

Excellence, Innovation & Distinguished Service (Organization) Award Sponsored By Scotiabank

Newcomer of Promise
Award Sponsored By Servus Credit Union

2015 Immigrant Achievement Awards

Lal Bahadur Gurung - Arts and Culture
Kamal Khatiwada - Outstanding Youth
Isra Amireh - Newcomer of Promise
Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization - Organizational Diversity
Christopher Nicol - Distinguished Professional
Maritza Stinson - Community Service
Harsha Irugal Bandara - Sports

2014 Immigrant Achievement Awards

Regent Restaurant - Business
Kamal Dahal - Community Service
Jacob Adserballe - Distinguished Professional
Karolyn Harker - Arts and Culture
Pramod Regmi - Youth Achievement
Colleen Valin - Workplace Diversity

About Immigrant Achievement Awards (IAA)

Honouring Immigrant, Contemporary History-Makers

Founded in 2009, each year, Lethbridge Family Services hosts one of the most anticipated and prestigious events to celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of immigrants to Lethbridge and their community.  

Immigrant Achievement Award recipients represent the countless accomplished immigrants who have brought remarkable achievements and stories to this great city of ours.

Over the last seven years, 47 outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations have been chosen for these aspirational awards for their inspiring contributions to Lethbridge.

Help us recognize the ongoing efforts, dedication, and leadership of the strong and talented immigrants who help shape our society. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in the Canadian Western Bank Lounge at the Enmax Centre.


Nickolej Villiger
Chair, Immigrant Achievement Awards

Tel: (403)320-1589 Fax: (403)317-7654

Click Here to Email Nickolej

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