The 2013 Diversity Expo & Awards was a Resounding Success
Business, Community And Public Sector Leaders Celebrate The Best Of Diversity
Toronto, October 8th, 2013. The Diversity Expo & Awards, held on Friday, October 4th 2013, at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, were a resounding success. The expo, which ran from 11 AM to 3.00 PM, showcased harmony and innovation through a unique fair on career, enterprise, citizenship, immigrant affairs and other opportunities, with seminars led by inspirational speakers and the participation of corporate, public sector and community leaders.
Meanwhile, the Diversity Awards gala, hosted by Deputy Chief Peter Sloly of Toronto Police Service, featured a red carpet reception, a sumptuous dinner, entertainment, inspiring recipients, high profile presenters, a classy ceremony and youth from the Crossover Mentorship Program. "It was an honour for me to host such a great event that recognizes the best of our diversity. I enjoyed and had fun with the MC role," said Deputy Chief Sloly, who decked out in his executive ceremonial police tuxedo.
The gala started on time with cocktails at 6.00 PM, dinner and the awards ceremony at 7.00 PM and it all wrapped up promptly by 10.00 PM. Entertainment at the gala was by award winning soul singer Liberty Silver; Chinese dance troupe Wushu By Storm who were finalists on Canada's Got Talent; Jadoo Bollywood Dance Troupe, Jade Hip Hop Academy as well as spoken word artist Nadine Williams, who customized a piece for the occasion. Great music and videos on the recipients, sponsors and others were a part of the first rate presentation.
"It is amazing to see the event so well attended and wonderfully received. Social media went ablaze with tweets and the engaging of friends via Facebook and Instagram," said Moses A. Mawa, President & CEO of Silvertrust Media, which executed the event.With a focus on harmony and innovation through cross-cultural integration, the project's mission of inspiring, transforming, empowering, showcasing, celebrating and integrating elements of our heritage for a more perfect mosaic was experienced first hand.
The twelve recipients of the 2013 Diversity Awards included Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, who got the Public Service Award. The Leadership Award went to Albert Lo, Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, President & Vice Chancellor of York University, received the Education Award and Slava Levin, CEO of Ethnic Channels Group, got the Media Award. Kay Blair, Governor at Centennial College, Chair of William Osler Hospital and Executive Director of MicroSkills, received the Excellence Award; while Arun Srivastava, CEO of Paystation Inc., got the Enterprise Award.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill received the Transformation Award and Douglas Cardinal, the Aboriginal architect who designed the Canadian Museum of Civilization, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Thomas Saras, President of the National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada, received the Media Award. Sir Karim Hakimi, President of Hakim Optical, received the Innovation Award. Denise Herrera Jackson, CEO of Scotiabank Caribbean Festival, got the Heritage Award, while Grammy and Juno winner Dan Hill, received the Entertainment Award.
Sponsors or participants of the Diversity Expo & Awards included Ethiopian Airlines, Jodal Healthcare, Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police Service, Royal Bank of Canada, Sterling Dental, Dream Maker Realty, TheAppLab, Ethnic Channels Group, Radisson Plaza Hotel; Grand Victorian Convention Centre, Arbonne Cosmetics, Ontario Black History Society, School of Greatness, Canadian Law Enforcement College, Kash Law, Silvertrust Media, Ettie Rutherford's Woment Are Worthy and others. Profiles of recipients are featured in the latest edition of Diversity Magazine, which hits Blue Boxes and other newsstands this weekend.
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