Immigrants of Distinction Awards

The 2020 Immigrants of Distinction Awards will be held on March 13, 2020. Stay tuned for future updates!


Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is delighted to announce and congratulate the recipients of the 23rd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards.

The 2019 Immigrants of Distinction Awards was held Friday, March 15, 2019, at Mount Royal University’s Bella Concert Hall to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of immigrants and refugees in Calgary.

The distinguished 2019 award recipients are as follows:

  • Achievement Under 35: Oluseyi Smith
  • Arts and Culture: Wilmer Aburto
  • Community Service: Dr. Victorino Lantion
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Amy Giang
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Adriana Fishta-Bejko
  • Organizational Diversity: Tower Cleaners
  • Youth Scholarships: Arijit Lodha, Claire Du, Nihal Potdar, Riri Jiang, Jadé Olayinka

The event hosted a full room of guests from all levels of government, the corporate community, and the voluntary sector. The theme for the 23rd Annual Awards was 'Immigration - Building Canada's Prosperity’ which focused on the inspirational immigrants and refugees in our nation’s ever-expanding mosaic of ethnicities, languages, cultures, and talents that have come together to create a strong and prosperous Canada. 

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To view photos from the 2019 Immigrants of Distinction Awards, please click here.