Rise Awards – Nominations

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How to Nominate

To nominate an individual or organization for a 2015 RISE Award, please send a brief email of intent, indicating your interest in nominating to astevens@emcn.ab.ca. In this email, please state the name of the individual or organization you wish to nominate and briefly explain why you believe they should be nominated for a RISE Award. You will then be contacted with an invitation to proceed with the nomination, at which point you are welcome to submit a full nomination package to the jury.

Selection & Timeline

Nominations close on February 20, 2015 at 4:30pm

An independent, impartial jury will review all nominations and select the recipients of the awards, which will be presented at the 2015 RISE Awards Gala.

The jury will consider the following:

  • Any individual in Edmonton and the surrounding region may submit nominations in multiple award categories (the application must specify for which categories a nominator wishes to nominate an individual).
  • Applications for previous year nominees are welcome.
  • Nominated individuals must agree to being recognized for their achievements.

Timeline:

  • Nominations open January 12, 2015
  • Nomination application due February 20, 2015
  • Jury review of packages and approval of selections March, 2015
  • Winners and Nominators notified by email by April 15, 2015

Please Note:

  • The RISE jury reserves the right to place nominees in another award category
    if they deem the criteria satisfactory
  • All nominees will be contacted once their submission has been received
  • All winners will be provided two complimentary tickets to attend Awards Gala to be acknowledged on the day of the event (additional tickets will be available for purchase)

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Nominee must be born outside of Canada (With the exception of Community Leadership for a Non-Immigrant and Business Awards)
  • Nominees being recognized for their support of immigrants must be supported by three local nominators
  • Nominated individuals or groups must agree to being recognized for their nomination
  • Nomination packages must include responses to the specific award questions, three letters of endorsement written by the supporting nominators indicating why the individual should be recognized, and any supporting documents that will further demonstrate for the jury the nominee’s success in their field
  • Nomination forms must be completed correctly and submitted by February 20, 2015.

Award Categories

Use the button below to download a pdf document outlining the Awards Category descriptions and nomination criteria.
 
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Arts and Culture Award

This award will recognize achievement in an artistic endeavor by an immigrant including visual, literary, or performing arts.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The nominee must have been born outside of Canada
  • The nominee must self-identify as an artist, including, but not limited to a musician; poet; visual artist; writer/playwright; actor
  • The nominee must demonstrate commitment to their craft and an interest in building awareness about the importance of art throughout Edmonton
  • The nominee must demonstrate strength of character
  • The nominee must demonstrate experience in their field and a mastery of skill or high degree of expertise, and must have a current, demonstrated commitment to his or her activities

Community Leadership Award—Immigrant

This award will recognize commendable service to the community by an immigrant including but not limited to the areas of ethno-cultural community leadership, education, health promotion, and emotional, social, community, or spiritual advancements.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The nominee must have been born outside of Canada
  • The nomination must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their vision and this vision must be clearly articulated in the nomination package, including a description of programs, services, or practices of the nominee
  • he nomination must describe an understanding of the current community issues and a rationale for why the nominee chose specific actions or initiatives must be clearly articulated
  • The nominee’s initiative must fill a gap in service, have an impact beyond one ethno-cultural community, work towards bridging communities, and have clear and measurable outcomes

Community Leadership Award—Non-Immigrant

This award will recognize commendable service to the immigrant community by a born-Canadian including but not limited to the areas of intercultural community leadership, education, health promotion, emotional, community, or social advancements.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The nomination must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their vision and this vision must be clearly articulated in the nomination package, including a description of programs, services, or practices of the nominee
  • The nomination must describe an understanding of the current community issues and a rationale for why the nominee chose specific actions or initiatives must be clearly articulated
  • The nominee’s initiative must fill a gap in service, have an impact beyond one ethno-cultural community, and have clear and measurable outcomes
  • The nominee’s activities must be aimed at the cooperation, collective contribution, or inclusion-fostering between born-Canadians and immigrant communities

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will recognize an immigrant who, over a longer period of time, has made substantial contributions to the greater Edmonton community in more than one of these areas: arts and culture; business; community service; health; social services; and education.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The nominee must have been born outside of Canada
  • The nominee’s contributions must be rooted in the greater Edmonton community, but may reach beyond the scope of the city and the nominee must have been an active contributor to their realm of service for a minimum of 10 years
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to Edmonton in more than one of the following ways: arts and culture; business; community service; health; social service; education
  • The nominee must have a demonstrated a mastery of skill or a high degree of expertise in their realm of specialization
  • The nominee’s actions must have resulted in a tangible, measureable impact on the greater Edmonton community
  • The nominee must have a demonstrated commitment towards their activities, and possess outstanding qualities and characteristics

Welcoming Workplace Award—Small Business

This award will recognize a small business who is committed to the successful integration and retention of newcomers in their workplace. The employer will have established cultural diversity practices and initiatives that facilitate the success of immigrants in their workplace. These practices will recognize the skill and experience of newcomers as well as the capacity newcomers have to succeed in the workplace. The policies and practices will also result in the fair and ethical treatment of these individuals. Additionally, other elements of the inclusion practices may be present, including but not limited to cultural awareness training, provisions for religious practices/dietary restrictions, and celebration of language and cultural diversity.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The need for cultural diversity is recognized and articulated in policy or documents
  • Explanation of an initiative or policy that has been undertaken to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants in their organization
  • The employer can demonstrate practices and/or initiatives that support success of newcomers in the workplace and describe how these practices have had positive outcomes for the entire organization and its employees
  • The employer can demonstrate fair and equitable treatment of immigrants including pay, training, advancement equity and equality in the workplace
  • The evaluation methods of these practices is explained, qualitatively or quantitatively (retention of employees will be a major consideration)
  • Newcomers in the workplace are satisfied with their level of employment in the organization
  • Articulation of the business benefits of cultural diversity in the organization

Welcoming Workplace Award—Large Business

This award will recognize a large business who is committed to the successful integration and retention of newcomers in their workplace. The employer will have established cultural diversity practices and initiatives that facilitate the success of immigrants in the workplace. These practices will recognize the skill and experience of newcomers as well as the capacity they have to succeed in their employment and that result in the fair and ethical treatment of these individuals. Additionally, other elements of the inclusion practices may be present, including but not limited to cultural awareness training, provisions for religious practices/dietary restrictions, and celebration of language and cultural diversity.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The need for cultural diversity is recognized and articulated in policy (please provide the policy)
  • Explanation of an initiative or policy that has been undertaken to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants in their organization
  • The employer can demonstrate practices and/or initiatives that support success of newcomers in the workplace and describe how these practices have had positive outcomes for the entire organization and its employees
  • The employer can demonstrate fair and equitable treatment of immigrants including pay, training, advancement equity and equality in the workplace
  • The evaluation methods of these practices are explained, qualitatively and quantitatively, including, but not limited to increased revenue, net profit, productivity, or other relevant measurable metrics of business success and sustainability. Employee retention will be a major consideration in this award.
  • Newcomers in the workplace are satisfied with their level of employment in the organization
  • Articulation of the business benefits of cultural diversity in the organization

Bonus:

Demonstration of the benefits resulting from employing newcomers
Examples of initiatives, practices or outcomes can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Examples of innovation in the business that are a result of cultural diversity
  • Policy that reflects equal opportunities for newcomers and born-Canadians
  • New/Innovative initiatives or efforts to recruit, retain, and integrate newcomers in addition to established practices

For more information on the RISE Awards or to nominate an individual for a RISE Award, please go to www.emcn.ab.ca and click on the RISE Awards tab. Submissions may be made online, in person, mailed to the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, 11713 – 82 St., Edmonton, AB T5B 2V9, or by email at astevens@emcn.ab.ca, and must be received no later than 4:30pm on Friday, February 20, 2015.