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P.E.I. Newcomers association hands out awards

The P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) presented four special awards during its 25th annual community meeting (ACM) held recently at Holland College's Florence Simmons Performance Hall.
The awards were presented to community members for their valuable support and commitment to newcomers in Prince Edward Island.
“These individuals and organizations have demonstrated a commitment to helping newcomers feel welcome and supported in their new lives in Prince Edward Island,” said Craig Mackie, executive director of PEIANC. “These are outstanding examples of the inclusive and welcoming efforts by many Islanders.”
Following are the awards and the recipients:
RBC Royal Bank was awarded the Outstanding Business Award. Through both monetary and in-kind support of a variety of PEIANC initiatives, including its annual DiverseCity Multicultural Festival, RBC Royal Bank provided over $45,000 in donations and sponsorships. This support underlines RBC’s strong commitment, recognition, and celebration of the value of cultural diversity and inclusion in our province.
Jumpstart was awarded the Outstanding Organization Award. Through the support of Jumpstart, newcomer youth ranging in ages from four to 18, many of whom are former refugees, receive countless positive life experiences that enrich their lives, building confidence and helping them to develop valuable, healthy relationships and life skills.
Dr. Christine Campbell was awarded the Outstanding Individual Award. Campbell is the driving force behind a group of medical professionals who put their skills together to plan, design and bring to fruition the Refugee Medical Clinic. Her efforts will have a lasting positive impact on many facets of the health and wellbeing of P.E.I.’s former refugee families.
Khalid Elshami was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Elshami has been an active volunteer at PEIANC since moving to P.E.I. in 2016. Since that time, he has contributed more than 750 hours of volunteer services. His volunteerism, leadership and tireless efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of newcomer settlement within P.E.I.’s communities are both inspiring and motivating. Through his dynamic presence and gracious demeanour, Elshami helps newcomers improve their English language skills, mentors them as they work toward achieving certifications, and engages both newcomers and established Islanders alike to ensure everyone feels welcome.

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