Diversity Champion Awards 2019
PRUDE Inc. (Pride of Race, Unity & Dignity through Education) is holding its fifth annual event to recognize Saint John employers, organizations & individuals for their best practices in promoting Diversity, Inclusion and Equality. We know diversity matters!
2019 Diversity Champion Awards Winners
Education & Heritage
Hampton Middle School WE Team
Thank You To Our Sponsors
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2019 Diversity Champion Awards Nominees
Bollywood Dance Studio Inc.
Education & Heritage
Anglophone South School District
Jiaojiao Meng is a proud Chinese who moved to Canada for studies at UNBSJ MBA program in 2014. Following graduation from UNBSJ, Jiaojiao was employed with YMCA Newcomer Connections. She works closely with adult youth, partner organizations, and employers from a number of Saint John industries. Jiaojiao’s role is to help build our community and empower youth to make a difference as seek growth opportunities. Jiaojiao has the privilege of working with the YMCA and New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) as the Youth Employability Project Coordinator while leading the Skills Launch Program in Saint John.
As a proud volunteer, Jiaojiao believes that commitment to Saint John and looking into the future means that all of Canada’s newcomers become a vital part of her personal journey.
Touchstone Academy is an independent, not-for-profit preschool and elementary school located in Rothesay. At Touchstone, learning is hands-on, individualized and student-centered. The staff are highly qualified and experienced educators who are committed to providing an extraordinary experience for their students. In addition to a broad, rigorous curriculum, students enjoy many field trips and excursions and a great deal of outdoor learning opportunities.
Over 300 families have enrolled their children at Touchstone since it was first opened by nine founding families in the year 2000. Angela Campbell was the first teacher at the school and is now the Principal. Julie Atkinson has served as the Admissions Officer since 2012. The school welcomes students from all backgrounds and parts of the world. Angela and Julie, and the entire Touchstone community of teachers, parents and students, are always delighted to offer a warm welcome and provide support to families as they settle in Saint John and the surrounding areas.
Port Saint John
Port Saint is part of the critical transportation infrastructure of Canada and a cornerstone of the New Brunswick economy whose mission is to be the driver of sustainable economic growth in our region through innovation and collaboration.
Jim Quinn is the CEO of Port Saint John. Jim joined Port Saint John nearly a decade ago after a 30-year career in the federal government in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada. Jim embraces diversity and shares the view that through embracing the experiences and thoughts of others our organization and community becomes richer and stronger.
Catapult Coffee & Studio
Imperial Theatre is an 874 seat proscenium theatre located in Saint John New Brunswick on Canada’s East Coast. Originally opened in 1913, Imperial Theatre is hailed as the most beautiful restored theatre in Canada. In operation for 26 years since the grand re-opening, Imperial Theatre is Saint John’s premier performance space.
Imperial Theatre’s mandate is to “enrich, engage and inspire our community through the performing arts.” Programming choices are based on assessment of past and current seasons, including criteria such as artistic excellence, presentation of varied genres and cultures, ticket sales, opportunities for engagement activities and balancing familiar work with challenges.
While Imperial Theatre started as a restoration project over 26 years ago, it is more than a building. It is the heart and soul of our community where we connect and include individuals from all walks of life to connect through diverse arts, culture and heritage.
Saint John Free Public Library
The three branches of the Saint John Free Public Library support our communities by providing opportunities for residents to enhance their knowledge and explore their creative capabilities. With access to almost 2 million items, the library provides further access to reliable information resources for consumer health, career, business, employment, as well as interactive language instruction. We also offer many programs and services for children: family-focused children’s programs lay the foundation for language and literacy development, inspire creativity, explore new technologies, and invite learning through play. Other programs invite adults to learn new skills or enjoy cultural events. Our programs may take place within our walls, through virtual visits, or in local senior’s centres, educational facilities, parks, and neighbourhoods. Designed to respond to the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of residents, our programs and services are offered completely free of charge.
Teodora Caraignat is originally from Romania. `since a young age, Teodora knew she wanted to work with people, work hard, and learn as much as she could. Unable to attend University, she wanted an opportunity to learn and apply herself. She took a position in Bakery and was placed in a small food truck. Due to hard work, she was promoted to manager in the main factory. It was during her time here that she met her husband. After 7 years, she applied for a position as a junior accountant with another bakery. However, they soon realized that the opportunities for their children in Romania were limited and so they immigrated to Canada.
Initially it was very difficult and she felt limited in what she could do in her new community. However, she began volunteering. As a newcomer, she has found a way that she can be of service to many individuals and face the same struggles she did, and plans to continue to apply her skills for the betterment of others.
Omar Morad came to Canada from Palestine as a refugee under his uncle and aunt’s sponsorship because of the many problems faced in Lebanon and Syria. Omar did not speak English when he arrived and faced many instances of culture shock. He overcame these challenges as he began studying online and joined volunteer and youth programs.
Currently, he is an administrative assistant at the City of Saint John and is with a Diversity and Social Inclusion group at the YMCA, as well as a volunteer with many groups and organizations such as Stay and Grow, SJNC, PRUDE Inc., YMCA, and SJLIP.
Omar has established a team of young people to volunteer, is working on building relationships between newcomers and Saint Johners and every day works to support young newcomers.
Hampton Middle School WE Team
2018-2019 Hampton Middle School ME to WE team was comprised of 25 amazing grade 8 and one grade 6 student – who saw the need and answered that call to make a difference right here in Saint John, NB. Through partnering with PRUDE Inc., The Crescent Valley Resource Centre, The Canadian Teacher Federation, WE and WE Believe 2020 – their students met a family that came from Syria, taught them how to plant a garden as the family taught the students about life in Syria and how life is better here in Saint John, NB. Students making a difference, and a family impacting the lives of our young people, was the foundation for an amazing project that was the first of its kind in Canada.