Originally published: March 30, 2017
Canadian Immigrant magazine has opened the online voting phase for its ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. This coveted award recognizes and celebrates the untold stories of Canadian immigrants who have made a significant contribution to Canada -- all the more poignant this year as we celebrate Canada 150. The award program is proudly supported by title sponsor RBC Royal Bank. The public can now vote for up to three of their favourite finalists online at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25 until May 22, 2017.
Our past winners have been examples of true nation builders, from entrepreneurs to artists, academics, community volunteers, sports heroes, philanthropists, inventors and visionaries, from across Canada. Their reasons, circumstances and timing for coming to Canada are as varied as their backgrounds -- some fled strife in their home countries, while others chose to gain higher education; some arrived as young children, while others arrived as adults with only a few hundred dollars in their pocket.
No matter their roots, each of the winners' stories shares a common thread: an individual rose to a challenge and used that opportunity to make Canada a better place for all. This year is no different.