Former BC Lion JR LaRose will be the guest speaker at the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 12 in Abbotsford.

Former BC Lion JR Larose to speak at Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Awards presented in six categories on March 12 at Quality Hotel in Abbotsford

JR LaRose, a former BC Lions player and Grey Cup winner, will be the keynote speaker at the 17th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on Thursday, March 12 in Abbotsford.

LaRose is a member of the One Arrow First Nation and overcame a rough childhood.

His father was deported to Nigeria before he was born, and his mother, a residential school survivor, struggled with addiction.

Starting to play football at age 15 was the catalyst for a new life for LaRose. After nine seasons with the Canadian Football League, including five with the BC Lions, he retired and now speaks on his story of redemption across Canada.

The Cultural Diversity Awards, taking place at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, recognize organizations and individuals that embrace diversity and inclusion in the community.

RELATED: 2019 Cultural Diversity Awards

RELATED: 2018 Cultural Diversity Awards

This year, there are 70 nominees up for the six different award categories. The evening will feature an ethnically diverse dinner buffet, entertainment and remarks from emcee Fred Lee, Vancouver’s “Man About Town.

Archway Community Services presents the event in partnership with the Mission and Chilliwack Community Services as well as the Langley New Directions English Language School.

Previous winners have been businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that work towards building an inclusive community, providing their clients and customers with accessible environments, and having workforces reflective of their community.

Past speakers at the awards night have talked about various forms of cultural diversity, including from abilities, ethnicity, gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Tickets are available online at diversityawards.ca or by calling 604-308-5673.

Awards

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford looks to hold in-person public hearings, with audience size limited

Restricting attendance in 350-seat hall will allow two-metre distance to be maintained, mayor says

Central Abbotsford apartment to proceed to a public hearing – eventually

Six-storey apartment building would have extensive rooftop recreation area

Total Makeover Challenge moves to voting for Top 5 finalists

Online voting for Abbotsford challengers runs April 9 to 14

VIDEO: Abbotsford’s Sandy Hill Elementary hosts car parade for students

Local school lets students know how much they miss them as COVID-19 delays classes

Character Abbotsford Conference postponed until 2021

Fourth conference was originally planned to occur later this year

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Air Canada says it will apply for wage subsidy to rehire workers after cutting 16,500 jobs

Air Canada said March revenues fell by more than 30 per cent year over year

Canadians urged to include pets in their COVID-19 emergency plans

That includes plans about who will care for them if the owner is hospitalized

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19 world update: Joy in Wuhan as lockdown lifted; Pope denounces profiteers

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news items from around the world

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

As Canadians return home amid pandemic, border crossings dip to just 5% of usual traffic

Non-commercial land crossing dipped by 95%, air travel dropped by 96 per cent, according to the CBSA

Logan Boulet Effect: Green Shirt Day calls on Canadians to become organ donors

While social distancing, the day also honours the 16 lives lost in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos Crash

Most Read