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Winners of City Cultural Harmony Awards to be Honoured

The City will honour achievements by Vancouver Adapted Music Society and children and families advocate, Joy Manuel, winners of the 2009 Cultural Harmony Awards:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 
3:30 pm 
Council Chamber, 3rd Floor 
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue

The Vancouver Adapted Music Society, winner in the organization category, was established in 1988 and works to expand awareness of, and appreciation for, the talents of musicians with disabilities. Using music as a platform for inclusive participation, the society has enriched the lives of many people with disabilities.

Joy Manuel is honoured in the Cultural Harmony Awards individual category for her long service to children and people in need. Her ability to bring hope and opportunity to people facing challenges makes her a community role model. Joy’s vision has helped to motivate others to respond to community needs.

The City established the Cultural Harmony Awards in 1996 to recognize community members and organizations whose work leads to a better understanding of cultures, while creating positive relations in our diverse communities. The awards are sponsored by the City and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

This year’s recipients were chosen by independent jurors: Amandeep Sangha, Manager, Multiculturalism Program, Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Terry Hunter, Executive Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, a 2008 Cultural Harmony Award recipient in the organization category; and Miu-chung Yan, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia.

Recipients will be honoured with trees planted in their names in the Cultural Harmony Grove located under the Kitsilano side of the Burrard Bridge at 11 am on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

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