The Pioneers for Change Fundraiser Gala and Awards took place on Thursday, June 11 2015, at the St James Cathedral Hall in Toronto.
The fundraising gala brought together 200 business, civic and community leaders, as well as other activists for an evening of networking and performances to celebrate the achievements of this year’s Honourees and Award Recipients.
2015 award recipients include labor activist and CAW-Grindin Chair, Dr. Winnie Ng, Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Sloly, internationally acclaimed novelist, Shyam Selvadurai, South Asian Autism Awareness Center Founder, Geetha Moorthy, New Horizons Media Executive Producer, Gerard Keledjian, and entrepreneur and social activist, Itah Sadu.
The Awards were hosted by Skills for Change (SfC), who for over 32 years has supported the integration and well-being of immigrants and refugees in Canada. SfC provides settlement services, professional immersion, language, capacity building and other services that help newcomers overcome the obstacles of settling in Canada.