The Castlegar Arts Council will have a lot to celebrate during this years’ BC Multiculturalism Week in November.
They’ve been nominated for the 2012 Provincial Nesika Awards which honours exceptional individuals, businesses and organizations that promote and celebrate bringing diverse cultures together to demonstrate the benefits of cultural diversity in communities.
President of the Arts Council Leni Normington said that, “We’re very pleased and honoured by this nomination and hopeful we’ll be the winners! If we are, the $5,000 award will help us to support future multicultural activities. Castlegar has historically placed huge importance on community diversity and my hope is that our efforts to showcase the richness of our diversity will be recognized by the selection panel and judges.”
Specifically Normington referred to the 15th anniversary of the twinning relationship between Castlegar and Embetsu, Japan as well as Kootenay Festival, the one day family event held at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre/Museum in July. “Multiculturalism enhances our social and economic prosperity and puts us on the map as a people and place that value inclusion and cultural diversity,” said Normington. “We also want to thank our partners and supporters the City of Castlegar, the Castlegar & District Recreation Commission and Regional District of Central Kootenay and especially our volunteers who are unstinting in their efforts to showcase our cultural richness.”
The Provincial Nesika Awards are Friday November 23, 2012 at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby.