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This article was published 14/10/2014 (1922 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Can you identify the provincial minister of multiculturalism in this photo?
Flor Marcelino surprised some of us when she came fully decked in African attire, with a matching gele — the glorious crown of African women — to a community event on Oct. 1.
She proved that multiculturalism is alive and well, and she affirmed through her actions that Canadian multiculturalism is fundamental to our belief that all citizens are equal.
Marcelino’s appearance celebrates and reinforces the Canadian multicultural mosaic that encourages all citizens to keep their identities, take pride in their ancestry and have a sense of belonging.
Also, her open display of acceptance gives Canadians like us a feeling of security and self-confidence making us more open to, and accepting of, diverse cultures.
This is exemplified in the multi-national, multi-racial and multi-cultural nature and composition of the membership of the Nigeria-Canada Congress of Manitoba (NICCOM), the community organization that organized a celebration in honour of the 54th anniversary of Nigerian independence and appreciation of community achievers.
At the event, two individuals — Prof. Wole Akinremi of the soil science department at the University of Manitoba; and Prof. John Momoh, a surgeon, were honoured with community achiever award. The Immigrant Centre, represented by Jorge Fernandez, was also honoured.
Special greetings from federal Heritage Minister Shelly Glover; Manitoba Lt. Gov. Phillip Lee; and Mayor Sam Katz were read at the event. They all congratulated the three award recipients for serving the community selflessly and they also sent goodwill messages to all Nigerian-born and Canadian members of NICCOM.
Marcelino commended the award recipients for working hard to deserve the awards. She also saluted the leaders of NICCOM for the 60 post-secondary scholarships they have given in the past five years, and the 21 community achievers awards they have handed out over the same period. She encouraged other community organizations to take a cue from NICCOM.
Sunday Olukoju is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond. You can contact him at email@example.com