Business Diversity Award Winners Announced

The Association for New Canadians is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Business Diversity Awards. The awards were presented at a gala event held this evening in Corner Brook, in partnership with the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade.

Sheldon Peddle was announced as the winner of the Gus Dalton Community Hero Award. Named for the fishing boat captain who rescued more than 150 Tamil refugees off the coast of Newfoundland in 1986, the award recognizes an individual who exemplifies a humanitarian spirit by welcoming immigrants and refugees in a Newfoundland and Labrador community in an act of courage, generosity, or advocacy.

Born and raised in Corner Brook, Sheldon is Past President of Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, Director with Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority, and Director with Bay of Islands Radio. Sheldon has been instrumental in helping he ANC establish its satellite office in Corner Brook and building community support for growing diversity and immigration in the Western region.

Newfound Sushi was announced as the winner of the Bridget Foster Cultural Icon Award. The award is presented to a newcomer entrepreneur or to a business that serves newcomers in a rural or urban area in Newfoundland and Labrador. The individual or business has achieved notable success in a newly established business venture and is currently operating in the province. Kevin Vincent, owner of Newfound Sushi, accepted the award on behalf of the business.

Opened in March of 2012, Newfound Sushi provides the freshest and highest quality local seafood ingredients, while offering patrons great customer service. Their business excels at both promoting the province’s food and culture, while elevating it in a way that blends it with the best of Asian fusion cuisine.

Deirdre Ayre of Other Ocean was announced as the winner of the Diversity Boss Award. The award is presented to a manager, human resources professional, or business owner from a small-to medium-sized business or corporation who strives for equality, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of gender, ethnicity, ability, age, sexual orientation, and similar grounds. Natasha Hudson accepted the award on Deirdre’s behalf.

Head of Operations at Emmy-award nominated video game developer Other Ocean Interactive, Deirdre is recognized for her commitment to economic and social diversification in Atlantic Canada, her collaborative efforts with educational institutions, and her success in recruiting top talent from around the world.

HomePort Apartment Hotel was announced as the winner of the Hospitality NL International Ambassador Award. The award is presented to an organization that excels in providing culturally inclusive service to newcomers and visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador and champions diversity as a tool for success in its daily operations and business model. Julie Greene, Marketing and Sales Manager for HomePort, accepted the award on behalf of the business.

Dating back to when the hotel was run under the Hillview brand and encompassing recent renovations and rebranding to Homeport Apartment Hotel, HomePort has provided significant logistical assistance to newly arrived refugees. Tourism by its very nature is global and HomePort has been exemplary in creating a welcoming environment for government-assisted refugees.

The Association for New Canadians congratulates all the winners of the inaugural Business Diversity Awards and wishes them the best in their continued efforts to promote diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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