2022 Canadian Immigrant award winners announced including 8 from Toronto
After a two-year hiatus, Canadian Immigrant magazine’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards are returning, with a jam-packed slate of winners, including soccer coach John Herdman and federal Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra.
“We are so pleased to celebrate such amazing immigrants for the 14th year, now with the support of our presenting partner, Western Union,” Sanjay Agnihotri, publisher, Canadian Immigrant magazine, said. “This year’s winners have shared their amazing stories of their journeys to Canada, and they are all truly inspiring examples of immigrant success stories.”
The award ceremony is Aug. 11 at the Sheraton Centre.
Other sponsors include newcomer integration organization COSTI and sister news site to Toronto.com, the Toronto Star.
Here are the Toronto winners:
Patrick Alcedo hails from the Philippines and after exploring dance as a child, where he “felt like everything was right,” he now chairs the highly comprehensive department of dance at York University.
Diana Alli D’Souza from India is the president of the Access Empowerment Council, but before that she worked as a senior administrator at the University of Toronto where she founded or co-founded more than 21 outreach programs for underserved, under-represented, vulnerable and racialized people.
Raquel Fox is a chef from the Bahamas. Calling food a “universal language,” she produces a line of Caribbean sauces inspired by her grandmother in addition to her media work with published cookbooks and television appearances.
Sivakumar Gulasingam was a lead physician at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Sri Lanka, but upon immigrating to Canada in 2008 he had to undergo extensive relicensing. That didn’t stop him from becoming a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician now attached to University Health Network.
Bhutila Karpoche from Nepal serves as the MPP for Parkdale—High Park, marking herself as the first person of Tibetan heritage to be elected to public office anywhere in North America. She’s popular too, voted Toronto’s best MPP by Now Magazine for the last three years.
Mohamed Lachemi is a president and vice-chancellor for Toronto Metropolitan University, something he may not have anticipated upon first arriving in Canada from Algeria as an international student. He’s helped lead the school through a time of turbulent change as it lost its old moniker, Ryerson University.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is an award-winning Canadian actor, writer and comedian, best known for his role in popular sitcom “Kim’s Convenience.” He attributes much of his success to embracing his South Korean heritage.
Arnon Melo, a Brazilian-Canadian, has hustled from the beginning, coming to Canada on his own more than 30 years ago and working survival jobs just to make ends meet. Supporting himself, he graduated with honours from Seneca College and now runs his own company MELLOWHAWK Logistics.
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