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International Festival presents awards at gala
The International Festival Society held its third annual multicultural gala dinner and awards ceremony at Fort Langley Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Mary Kim received an award in the youth category for her volunteer work to help in promoting Korean culture, and for her efforts in building Canadian-Korean bilateral relations.
Harry Dao won the senior award, for his continued help to new immigrants in several ways, including finding housing and employment and general settling into their new life in Canada.
Fraser Valley Taiwanese Association won the non-profit organization award, for providing services and guidance to newcomers.
Ten Thousand Villages won the Business award for creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries, and establishing trading relationships.
There were 17 nominations for the four categories. These awards are given to individuals and organizations for their outstanding work and contribution in promoting equality and diversity in the community. All the nominees were exceptional, and it was hard for the selection committee to pick the winner in each category.
Many local politicians attended the event, including MP Mark Warawa, MLA Rich Coleman, Township Mayor Jack Froese and Councillors: Grant Ward, Bev Dornan and Charlie Fox, and City Mayor Peter Fassbender and Councillor Rosemary Wallace.
Alex Alegria and Mariachi Los Dorados serenaded the gala attendees before and during dinner. Mexico Vivo Dance Group entertained the audience with numerous dances from Mexico throughout the event. A slide show highlighting the 2012 festival was shown.