Recognition ceremony honours newcomers for their contributions to the community

Recognition ceremony honours newcomers for their contributions to the community

Release Date: Jun 8, 2018

On June 5, the Halton Newcomer Strategy Steering Committee celebrated newcomers in Halton and profiled their contributions to the community at the third annual Halton Newcomer Strategy Recognition Event. Elected officials joined members of the Halton Newcomer Strategy Steering Committee and other guests to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s honourees.

Left to right: Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr; Halton Newcomer Strategy profiled nominee—youth category, Ashwini Selvakumaran; Halton Newcomer Strategy profiled nominee—community category, Francisco Garzon; Halton Newcomer Strategy profiled nominee—business category, Raghad Alkhatib; and Halton Newcomer Strategy Co-Chair Kim Jenkinson.

“The residents honoured by the Halton Newcomer Strategy Steering Committee have had a positive impact on our community through their commitment to business, education, youth and volunteering,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Through their collaboration and involvement in the community, the award recipients have helped make Halton inclusive and welcoming for all newcomers.”

In total, 40 individuals and businesses were nominated in three categories: business, community and youth. The annual event profiled one nominee in each of these categories. This year’s profiled nominees are:

  • Business—Raghad Alkhatib
  • Community—Francisco Garzon
  • Youth—Ashwini Selvakumaran

This event highlights the important role that newcomers play in bringing new perspectives, skills and insights to our community. It also celebrates how diverse backgrounds, traditions and talents help strengthen the region as a whole.

The Halton Newcomer Strategy Steering Committee is a community-based initiative funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that works to ensure Halton Region is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive place where newcomers can participate and prosper.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at


Media Contact:
Robert Hunter
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7064