Celebrating the 10th annual RISE Awards

Immigrants are a key resource for building and strengthening Canada, particularly in light of our aging population, declining birth rate and the global competition for talent. In 2001, nearly one half of recent immigrants living in Edmonton were between the ages of 25 and 44. The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) sees a future where all citizens walk with newcomers to bridge their transition into community.  To achieve this vision, EMCN serves as a key catalyst and leading collaborator in positively shaping the attitudes, behaviors and practices of organizations and individuals to value the diversity that newcomers bring to community.

At its core, EMCN is a community agency that seeks to assist immigrants and refugees coming to the Edmonton area in achieving full participation in the community as well as contributing their experiences and skills to strengthen the economy. When employers work with EMCN, they benefit from a rich pool of educated, skilled and highly motivated employees, bringing diversity to the workplace. EMCN provides a wide range of services that include, English as a Second Language, employment services, settlement counselling and education. Between 2011-2012 69 clients went through the Engineers & Technology Integration program. Clients who went through the program retained 98% permanent employment with salaries ranging from $72,000 - $138,000.00.

To celebrate immigrant and employer success, the 10th annual RISE Awards are being held on May 8th at the Northlands Expo Centre hosted by CTV’s Josh Classen. The program includes a cocktail reception, art walk, culturally diverse buffet, award presentations, exceptional keynote speaker, and exciting entertainment. We are thrilled to present Stephen Lewis, celebrated humanitarian, as the keynote speaker.

His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC OMM AOE MSC CD LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Honourable Premier Alison M. Redford, QC, and Mayor Stephen Mandel will be joining us for the RISE Awards.   

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.emcn.ab.ca

About the Keynote
Stephen Lewis is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Mr. Lewis is one of Canada's most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights. He has been named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (he was cited in the category which included The Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela).

Photo by Gordon Griffiths He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, and he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States. Mr. Lewis is a Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law; the Commission’s landmark report was released in July 2012.

Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York.
In 1997, in addition to his work at unicef, Mr. Lewis was appointed by the Organization of African Unity to a Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. The “Rwanda Report” was issued in June of 2000.

Mr. Lewis holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.