Each year, the Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) honours those who work to support the growing newcomer communities in PEI. Outstanding Community Achievement Awards are usually presented at PEIANC’s annual community meeting but this year they were presented online instead.
PEIANC Executive Director Craig Mackie Awards handed out awards to five recipients in four categories.
Outstanding Individual of the year went to Daniel Ohaegbu. During his time as an international student at UPEI, he researched the experience of young racialized males in post-secondary institutions. He has helped to create and shape a number of businesses and programs aimed at supporting others, including the Atlantic Student Development Alliance. He also runs marketing and communications for MICC, a collaborative platform that helps groups of people pool money together to achieve their financial goals. Daniel is active in the Black Cultural Society of PEI, Film PEI and BIPOC USHR, and is committed to anti-racism efforts.
Carol MacMillan was honored as Outstanding Volunteer of the year. She has been a volunteer with PEIANC’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) Tutor Program for 16 years and often works with several new learners simultaneously. She also assists with training new EAL program tutors.
Outstanding Community Organization of the year went to the PEI Literacy Alliance. The non-profit has been working with PEIANC on the Ready Set Learn program which has helped over 120 newcomer youth improve their literacy skills.
Royal Star Foods and Aspen Kemp and Associates each received the Outstanding Business of the year award. Royal Star has been a long-time supporter of provincial immigration programs. They rely on the efforts of temporary foreign workers and support the community integration of their new employees. Aspen Kemp and Associates has been a proponent of immigration programs designed to attract and retain highly skilled workers in the fields of engineering, design and green energy. They have supported the long-term settlement and integration of newcomers to PEI.