The 20th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards gala (IDA) is on Friday, March 11.

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Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has hosted the gala since 1997 to recognize the achievements and life stories of some of Calgary’s most community-minded individuals. Twenty-five Immigrants and refugees in the Calgary community are finalists for the award and they will be acknowledged at IDA for their exceptional contributions and achievements in the following categories: Achievement Under 35; Arts and Culture; Community Service; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Hadassah Ksienski Lifetime Achievement; STEM; Organizational Diversity; and Youth Scholarships.

In honour of the 20th anniversary of the gala, this year’s theme is “Fostering a Legacy of Excellence.”

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success! At Immigrant Services Calgary we are truly excited about our partnership with the Calgary Stampede for our 20th Immigrants of Distinction Awards this year Fostering a Legacy of Excellence.” said Josephine Pon, ISC Chair of the Board of Directors, IDA Chair 2016. “We are delighted that through this partnership we will elevate our mutual commitment to community and the people it represents by connecting newcomers to Canada, who enrich our society so much by their remarkable talents and unique cultures, with our western heritage and community spirit that the Calgary Stampede fosters and celebrates. This makes us very proud of the community we live in and this is what makes Calgary the greatest place in the world.”

The Stampede is proud to support ISC. ISC is an important cornerstone in Calgary, offering a wide range of programs and services in more than 70 languages to help newcomers settle into our community. Wayne Chiu, CEO of Trico Homes and Calgary Stampede Foundation board member, is the gala keynote speaker and several other Stampede ambassadors, such as Royalty Trio alumnae and volunteers will be in attendance to support the wonderful initiative.

To attend the event, you can purchase tickets through the IDA website.