The Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of Albertans born abroad. They honour individuals – youth, women, seniors, entrepreneurs, community builders and others – who have enriched the province through volunteer activities, leadership, innovation, business, or academic and professional achievements. 

Nominees must have been born outside of Canada but are now Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and currently living in Alberta. They can have resided in Canada for many years, or just a few.

See the Newcomer Awards Guidelines and award categories below for more details. Nominate a newcomer who has made a difference by Thursday June 20, 2024 at noon (12:00 pm MST).

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Nomination categories

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    Career & Academics Contribution

    Professional or academic excellence

  • entrepreneurial spirit icon
    Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Owner of a small or medium-sized business who demonstrates leadership and innovation

  • inclusive workplaces icon
    Inclusive Workplaces

    Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace

  • newcomer champion icon
    Newcomer Champion

    Supporting newcomers to succeed

  • senior spirit icon
    Senior Spirit

    Individuals (65 years or older) who enriches their community

  • small community enhancement icon
    Small Community Enhancement

    Contributions to a rural community

  • student aspiration icon
    Student Inspiration

    A young leader in Grade 12 or under

  • Women's Newcomer Impact icon
    Women's Newcomer Impact

    A female leader in her community

  • young leader icon
    Young Leader

    Individuals 18 to 30 who have made a difference

Nomination criteria

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

Need: how the nominee contributed their expertise and resources to fulfill a need in the economy, their community, profession or field of study.

Impact: how the nominee’s actions and activities made a significant impact.

Contribution: how the nominee contributed a significant amount of time and energy to their category while demonstrating community service, volunteerism or engagement.

Leadership: how the nominee demonstrated exemplary initiative, served as a role model for others, and inspired others to engage. 

Originality: how the nominee demonstrated creativity or innovative solutions when problem solving where a unique solution was required.

How to nominate

Step 1. Read the guidelines and gather your documents

Review the eligibility criteria on page 4 of the Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards Guidelines to ensure that the individual you are nominating is eligible for the award. Ensure you have all the required information to apply by carefully reading the rest of the guidelines. Your nomination submission for the 2024 Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards must include the following documents and information:

  • Nominee Confirmation and Consent form signed by the nominee, or the parent/guardian if the nominee is under 18.
  • Letter of support (maximum 2) that includes the critical information outlined on page 6 of the guidelines. The letter must be from someone other than you.
  • The nominee’s contact information (parent/guardian contact information when nominating a youth 18 and under).

Step 2. Submit a nomination online by noon (12:00 pm) on June 20, 2024

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After you nominate

Nominations will be reviewed by the Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards review committee. Recipients of the awards will be formally recognized at a ceremony to highlight and celebrate their achievements.

Award recipients may also be asked to participate in interviews, photographs and videos to share experiences and lessons learned from their work. To promote their outstanding achievements, brief biographies and photos of award recipients may be shared with the public and the media.

Awards decisions are at the discretion of the Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

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