Tonight, Municipal Council celebrated this year’s recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award (DRRIA), recognizing each group’s unique contribution in promoting public awareness of diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity and human rights in London:
- Top Event Productions (Category: Small Business/Labour)
Producing videos and TV shows highlighting various cultures and beliefs (Hispanic, Muslims, Africans, French-Canadians, Canadian Writers) in the London community.
- 3M Employee Resource Group (Category: Large Business/Labour)
Creating and implementing the 3M Canada Inclusion and Diversity Council and the Pride Employee Resource group.
- Big Bike Giveaway (Category: Social Community Services Not for Profit, less than 50 members)
Collecting and repairing bicycles to give away for free to community residents.
- Community Living London (Category: Social Community Services Not for Profit, more than 50 members)
Supporting over 1,000 people with developmental disabilities while building an inclusive community for all, including the New Vision Advocates.
- Western Muslim Student Association (Category: Youth/Young Adult)
Promoting inclusivity and religious diversity on campus and within the London community through initiatives and events such as: Islam Awareness Month, and Pain to Prosper (welcoming newcomers to Canada).
Throughout the year, nominations are accepted and then reviewed by the Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee. Recommendations are then made to Municipal Council for consideration, with the annual awards ceremony taking place at the Council Meeting closest in date to International Human Rights Day on December 10.
“Recognizing those who help make London a safe and welcoming place for everyone reminds us all that we are the ones who will strengthen the community within our city,” said Mayor Ed Holder. “Thank you to those who have made diversity, race relations, and inclusivity priorities in their work and day-to-day, to help us reinforce that London is for all.”
“It is particularly special to be able to celebrate these winners and the nine other organizations nominated, today, on International Human Rights Day,” said Rifat Hussain, Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee. “Universal human rights begin right here, at home, and promoting diversity and race relations in our communities creates a foundation of inclusivity, from which everyone benefits.”
The DRRIA Awards began in 2000. Visit www.london.ca/DRRIaward for details on the nomination process.