The recipients of the 2019 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards pose for a photo during the awards ceremony Thursday night in Abbotsford. (Photo by Jason Brown, Revival Arts Studio)

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards presented to seven recipients

Four from Abbotsford among winners during ceremony on Thursday night

Four Abbotsford groups and individuals were among those named as recipients of the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on Thursday night in Abbotsford.

The 16th annual awards were presented in seven categories at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre.

Since 2003, community members have nominated businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that build inclusive and diverse communities in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack.

“We want a society where everyone belongs,” said Manpreet Grewal, director of Multicultural and Immigrant Integration Services at Abbotsford Community Services.

“These nominees work every day to make our communities not just more diverse but more inclusive.”

Indigenous advocate Cecelia Reekie spoke on her personal story of “walking in two worlds” as an adoptee and member of the Haisla Nation.

Fred Lee returned as the emcee, and the musical duo Silk Road provided the evening’s entertainment.

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