wins National Cultural Diversity Award
May 16, 2008
April 16, 2008 Menaka Thakkar, Artistic Director of The Menaka Thakkar
Dance Company won a national "Excellence in Multiculturalism Celebration"
Award for Arts and Education presented by the EMCY (Enriching My Canada
and Yours) Awards Foundation.
The EMCY Awards
Foundation is a national awards program that recognizes individuals, institutions,
companies and organizations for their working fighting racism, creating
inclusive work places and stimulating dialogue and action on making Canada
a nation open to the diversity of the human condition. The EMCY Awards
Foundation was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding individuals
and organizations who have displayed: Vision, Leadership, Innovation, Achievement
and Impact in cultural diversity within their respective categories. There
were 10 Categories: Business, Youth, Media, Humanitarian, Arts/Education,
Sports/Fitness, University, Province/Territory, City/Community, and Lifetime
was honoured for her continuing legacy of having introduced Indian dance
to Canada over 37 years ago through performance and education and for her
work in attaining recognition of classical Indian dance as an art form
and part of the Canadian cultural landscape.
"I am particularly
pleased to receive this beautiful award as it represents to me what it
means to be a Canadian. We are all people who have come from other cultures,
who come together to share and learn from one another," said Ms. Thakkar
upon receipt of her glass crystal award. "This award is an acknowledgment
of the importance of the arts in Canada for raising understanding of our
included: Reginans Jeanne Martinson (the for business award), Richard Engel
(sports) and the University of Regina (university); Sask Intercultural
Association (Saskatoon); Hannah Taylor of Winnipeg (Youth); City of London,
Ont. (city/community); and Kai Liu of Ottawa, Ont. (lifetime achievement).