The 18th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 10 will be a virtual event for the first time. Although the event will look different, organizers felt it was important to continue recognizing individuals and organizations who celebrate and champion diversity in the community.
This year’s keynote speech will be by Jahmeelah “Jam” Gamble who is an award-winning media personality and CEO behind “Slay the Mic”, a program that helps people transform their voice into their ultimate superpower. In her speech, Gamble will be spreading a message to encourage all to stay united during these very challenging times.
Past speakers at the awards night have talked about various forms of cultural diversity, including from abilities, ethnicity, gender, age, race, religion, sexual-orientation or socio-economic background.
Three-time world champion hoop dancer Alex Wells will open the event performing with up to 22 hoops. Wells is from the Lil’wat Nation north of Whistler and his energetic dance conveys a story of the creation of life. There are over 60 nominees up for the six different award categories which will be presented live over video.