Fresh Voices 2016 Awards recipients– recognizing immigrant and refugee youth

January 5, 2017

On December 5, 2016, over 200 young immigrants, refugees, and adult allies descended on the Terminal City Club for Vancouver Foundation’s 2016 Fresh Voices Awards.

Our Fresh Voices initiative Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity.

Following a second day of discussion and breakouts at the Fresh Voices Forum at SFU’s Harbour Centre, the Fresh Voices crew made their way down Hastings Street to find out who would receive the awards.

The night was full of inspiring stories from young people, hilarious speakers including Vu Lee, and celebrations marking the impact young immigrants and refugees are making in their communities.

The full list of recipients

Congratulations to all our 2016 Fresh Voices Awards recipients. Each recipient received a $1,000 bursary – a small tribute to an incredible group of people.

    • Allyship – Sharmarke Dubow
    • Relationship with Indigenous People – Simran Sarwara
    • Education & Learning – Fahmy Baharuddin & Nathania Franco
    • Family & Inter-generational Relationships – Abdi Aden Dange
    • Immigration – Alejandra Rodas Marquez
    • Maintaining Cultural Roots – Ayan Mohamud Ismail
    • Cross-cultural Dialogue – Zara Chaudhry
    • National Fresh Voices Artivism Award – Ruma Ruma – Recipient

Thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate someone for an award, to our youth leaders, to all our staff and volunteers who made the night run so smoothly, and to our partners for their amazing support.

We look forward to recognizing more amazing immigrant and refugee youth in December 2017.


Fresh Voices website

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