Immigrants of Distinction Awards

Every year, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosts the Immigrants of Distinction Awards, a gala celebration that honours the achievements of local immigrants and refugees.

Since the 18th annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) gala, which took place on March 7 at the Westin Calgary Hotel, we have been floored by the messages of goodwill and support that keep pouring into our offices, inboxes, and social media feeds.

These greetings confirm for us that, in hosting this gala, we have been a part of something that’s bigger than a four-hour party on a Friday night. We have been part of a conversation, a shift in public focus. A message to newcomers that says, "We appreciate everything you do."


Accepting the Community Service Award at this year’s gala, Dolores Dill (pictured right) told the crowd: “I will cherish this award forever.”

In sharing this sentiment, Dolores tapped into something that we’re feeling here at Immigrant Services Calgary. We are so grateful that we have the opportunity, year after year, to celebrate Calgary’s newcomers – and we will cherish our IDA memories forever.It is a privilege to meet accomplished newcomers, tell everyone we know about them, and then celebrate their achievements with 600 of their biggest supporters. We hope we can do this forever.

If you are reading this you are part of the Immigrants of Distinction Awards story, and we appreciate how you enable us, inspire us, and walk alongside us in our mission.




This year Immigrant Services Calgary wants to honour the stories of inspiring immigrants and highlight their exceptional achievements. “Inspiring New Stories” is the chosen theme for the 2015 IDA Gala, which celebrates not only the success of newcomers in their professional and business endeavors, but also in bringing new, innovative and positive impact to Calgary’s community.

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