Nominations Now Open for Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2011

National award celebrates achievements of Canadian newcomers
Canadian Immigrant magazine and RBC today announced the open call nominations for the “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2011.” The third annual awards program seeks to celebrate the stories and achievements of outstanding Canadian immigrants from coast to coast.

"It’s exciting to embark on our third annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrants awards program,” said Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant. “The winners from last year’s awards were nothing short of inspirational, and we know there are so many more immigrants in Canada who deserve recognition for giving back to their adopted country.”

This national people’s choice award is unique in that it allows Canadians to vote directly for individuals from all walks of life who have made a difference since their arrival in Canada. More than 20,000 votes from across Canada were cast in the 2010 awards program.

“Voting for the top Canadian immigrants presents an opportunity to recognize role models who have encouraged and motivated others and applaud those who have made significant contributions to this country,” said Camon Mak, director of RBC Multicultural Markets. “We hope the winners’ stories inspire other immigrants to make their dreams a reality.”

A nominee can be someone who has moved to Canada and, since immigrating, has contributed to the diversity and success of this country. Achievements can be either professional or personal. Nominees must hold landed immigrant (Permanent Resident) or citizen status in Canada. This program is also proudly supported by the Toronto Star.

Nominations can be made by visiting until January 28, 2011. A distinguished panel of judges will review all nominees and present a list of finalists that will be profiled online in February, when all Canadians can vote for their favourite nominees.

The winners will be announced in May 2011 and will be recognized in Canadian Immigrant magazine. They will also receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation from RBC toward a registered Canadian charity of their choice.

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