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County now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards

Submission deadline is September 22, 2017

Midhurst/August 21, 2017 The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards. The event, in its fifth year, recognizes residents, youth, businesses, schools and organizations working to connect and improve the lives of immigrants in Simcoe County.

"Simcoe County is quickly becoming a popular destination for newcomers to call home," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Help us recognize community leaders who help make our communities so welcoming and diverse by nominating someone you know today."

The submission deadline is September 22, 2017. Information and nomination materials are available in both English and French at

Newcomer Recognition Award categories include:

Immigrant Youth (Individual)
Immigrant Mentor (Individual)
Immigrant Artist (Individual)
Immigrant Entrepreneur (Individual)
Culturally Diverse Workforce/Welcoming Work Environment (Business/Organization)
Marketing and Outreach (Business/Organization)
Multiculturalism through Education (School and Individual Educator)
Community Champion (Individual)

The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit for more information.  

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at

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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)