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Kreviazuk, Maida to receive humanitarian award during Junos

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One of Winnipeg’s brightest exports will be honoured with the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award right here at home at the Juno Awards next March.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced this morning that Winnipeg-born singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, along with her husband Raine Maida, are this year’s recipients of the prestigious award, which recognizes Canadian artists who have made a positive difference through exemplary humanitarian work. The award will be presented to the couple at the Juno Gala Dinner and Award on March 29.

While Kreviazuk and Maida are among Canada’s most critically and commercially successful artists — Kreviazuk is a two-time Juno winner and Maida is a four-time Juno winner (and 25-time nominee) as frontman for Our Lady Peace — they are also well-respected for their tireless humanitarian work, particularly their work with War Child Canada, of which Kreviazuk is an honorary founder. The couple has visited Iraq, Ethiopia and the Congo on behalf of several causes, including women's rights, war refugees and child education.

"Chantal and Raine are more than deserving recipients for this year’s award," said Melanie Barry, president and CEO of CARAS/The Juno Awards & MusiCounts, in a release. "Their passion and dedication to countless charities and organizations over the course of their careers is truly remarkable."

Speaking to the press, Kreviazuk, 39, stressed the importance of education — for ourselves, and for each other. Education, she says, is the entry point to making a difference, big and small, in our world.

"I think that looking toward a life of balance, a life of education his how we can be the best us," she told the Free Press. "And as we get more and more educated and as we dig in more, we’re going to find ourselves, and we’re going to find opportunities for how we can give. Everyone’s journey is different."

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