Minister Kenney Announces Winner of 2012 Award for Multiculturalism

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR –
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney
today named Bridget Foster of St. John’s, Newfoundland, as the
recipient of the 2012 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.

“Bridget Foster has worked tirelessly for more than thirty years in
St. John’s, building welcoming communities and successfully
integrating newcomers to Newfoundland,” said Minister Kenney. “I am
happy to announce her as the winner of this year’s Paul Yuzyk Award
for Multiculturalism.”

The award is bestowed annually on an individual or a group who
demonstrates dedication to advancing diversity, multiculturalism and
the integration of newcomers into Canadian society. Individuals are
nominated in one of two categories: Outstanding Achievement or
Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Foster was recognized in the Lifetime
Achievement category.

“Senator Yuzyk’s efforts to establish multiculturalism as a
fundamental characteristic of Canadian identity left a valuable
legacy for this country,” added Minister Kenney. “Ms. Foster’s
lifetime of achievement builds on that legacy.”

An immigrant herself, Ms. Foster arrived in Newfoundland in 1978. She
began working as a volunteer with Friends of Refugees where she would
soon become its Executive Director. That organization became the
Association of New Canadians and under her leadership has grown to
employ 50 staff and a volunteer network of 150 individuals all
dedicated to the service of newcomers across the province. Ms. Foster
embodies the ambition of building welcoming communities and promoting
intercultural understanding. Her life’s work has been a benefit to
all Newfoundlanders.

Ms. Foster, the fourth recipient of the award, was selected from 70
nominations that Citizenship and Immigration Canada received from
across Canada. As the winner, she receives a certificate of honour
signed by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism. In addition, a grant of $20,000 will be directed to
an eligible, registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization or
association chosen by Ms. Foster. The announcement of her choice will
come at a later date.

Senator Yuzyk was a member of the Senate of Canada from February 1963
to July 1986 and played a key role in the development of Canadian
multiculturalism policy. He has been called the architect of
multiculturalism for his early role in achieving policy recognition
for the “third force” of Canadian society, i.e. those who were of
neither British nor French descent.

Additional information about the Paul Yuzyk Award for
Multiculturalism or other CIC programs to support multiculturalism is
available at www.cic.gc.ca.