The city of Montreal handed out a special prize last week that recognizes efforts of individuals, businesses, and organizations to improve intercultural relations and the promotion of diversity in Montreal.
Côte des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grâce borough Mayor Russell Copeman and Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, awarded the Prix interculturel Abe Limonchik at a ceremony in a new community centre bearing Limonchik’s name in the most diverse sector of one of the city’s most diverse boroughs
The Individual award went to Université de Montréal Education department professor Marie McAndrew. McAndrew is actively engaged in the promotion of intercultural relations in schools and has implemented innovative programs promoting success for immigrant students. Her collaboration is an essential component of the successful response to challenges faced by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, whose student population is more than 60 percent non-francophone.
The Organization category recipient was the TOHU in the heart of Montreal’s Cité des arts du cirque whose director-general Stéphane Lavoie said the goal is convergence of culture, environment and community involvement. Finally, the Business award went to consulting and operations management firm Drakkar et Associés.
All recipients acknowledged the foundation of the award, named for the man who died in 2002 and whom many credit as having led the way on inclusion of diversity in civic life.
Nicknamed Mr. Democracy, Limonchik was a founding member of the Montreal Citizens’ Movement and CDN city councillor for 12 years.
The Centre communautaire Abe Limonchik is an 830 sq. metre space in the new social housing project at 6600 Victoria. The centre will be officially inaugurated in the spring and will house non-profit organizations Relais Côte des Neiges which provides services to families, and the Centre des Aînés Côte des Neiges.
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