United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
17th Annual J.S. Woodsworth Awards
March 21, 2013
Hosted by the Ontario NDP Caucus and the Ontario NDP Ethnic Liaison Committee
Nomination & Recognition of Edwin Laryea
On March 21st, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath recognized three extraordinary Ontarians for their contributions towards eliminating racial discrimination at the 17th Annual J.S. Woodsworth Awards.
The KW NDP Constituency Association nominated Edwin Laryea, former Federal NDP candidate for Kitchener Waterloo for the award on the basis of his significant contribution to our community and Canadian society:
“Throughout his adult life, Edwin has demonstrated significant and continuous contributions towards the goal of eliminating racial discrimination in our society as an educator, writer, community worker, political and social activist. He has served actively as a volunteer leader on various community Boards, professional committees, and national initiatives.”
Edwin attended the joyful ceremony at Queens Park in Toronto with his daughter, Edlynn, who flew from New York City to celebrate this occasion with her father and John Cooper. The event was staged
in the St. Lawrence Lounge at the Macdonald Block with a poetry slam by guest speaker Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson, Spoken Word Artist and live music by Ruben ‘Ben’ Esguerra of New Tradition Music.
To read the full nomination of Edwin, see below
Host: Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP Leader
Emcees: Dionne Coley, lawyer, professor and author; Tyler Downey, Executive Director – Daystrom
“Our award recipients have shown true leadership in the fight for racial equality and the right of all people to live with respect and dignity. Their work to eliminate racism and racial discrimination has both made important contributions in the fight against prejudice and hatred based on colour, race, or ethnic origin. I am proud to present them with this honour,” said Ms. Horwath.
To commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the J.S. Woodsworth awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations from across Ontario for their outstanding commitment to advancing the rights of minorities and immigrants, and eliminating racial discrimination.
The awards are named after J.S. Woodsworth, the first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the forerunner of Ontario’s NDP. Woodsworth fought against racial and religious discrimination in Canada and stood up for the right of all Canadians to vote-regardless of skin colour.
The recipients of the 2013 J.S. Woodsworth Awards are:
Dr. Osman Tarabain: President of the Windsor Islamic Council (WIC). WIC is an umbrella organization of non-profit Islamic Organizations Mosques and Centers in Windsor and Essex County area. Through Dr. Tarabain’s leadership, the organization offers a variety of youth sports, translation services, and social, educational and recreational events for adults.
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT): SFT works with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. SFT is a network of young people and activists from around the world, who through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.
The Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA): CTYA empowers Canadian Tamil youth to become leaders in their community and abroad. The organization aims to provide a progressive and democratic forum for Canadian youth of Tamil heritage and youth affiliated with the Tamil language, culture and people.
“As J.S. Woodsworth was once called the ‘conscience of Canada’, our shared goal is to ensure that all of Ontario’s communities participate fully and equitably in building a better future. Congratulations to our recipients for truly making this province a better place,” said Ms. Horwath.
You can see the photos of award nominees and recipients on Facebook and Flickr