CEC hosts gala fundraiser for ethno-cultural and aboriginal youth

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Knowing You Multicultural Neighbours in Winnipeg
WINNIPEG – Filled with good company and entertainment, members from different communities and organizations gathered on April 24, 2009 for the second annual Gala hosted by the Citizen Equity Committee (CEC) to support ethno-cultural and Aboriginal youth employment internships in the City of Winnipeg.

   Councillor Mike PagtakhanRay Ali
We all know the youth of today represent the future of our City. They deserve support, encouragement and advice to develop their employment skills and gain meaningful work experience that will build their human resource capacities to meet the challenges ahead. Hence, the CEC organized this event to reach out to our youth and support them for employment opportunities,” said Pt. Douglas Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chairperson of CEC.

This year also marked a very special occasion as guests witnessed the unveiling of the second edition of Knowing Your Multicultural Neighbours in Winnipeg, a booklet creating awareness of the diverse cultures found in Winnipeg.

CEC member Ray Ali suggested the creation of the original booklet, which would contain information for people to learn more about their multicultural neighbours. The first edition, which was published three years ago, included only a small portion of cultures found in Winnipeg at the time. As the number of emerging and more established cultures grew, Ali alongside the CEC, decided that it was time to update and expand the book.

The booklet contains information on many cultures, including languages spoken, religions, currencies, and even popular foods. A unique feature of the booklet is the local information such as local radio stations, websites, newspapers, and the immigration histories of different cultures in Winnipeg, making this a truly unique tool for the community.

The CEC is a City of Winnipeg Committee that focuses on issues of equity and diversity in the city. It is comprised of 16 members, including the Mayor, and Councillors Mike Pagtakhan (chair of the committee) and Harvey Smith. Janellyn Marcial and Randy Viray of the Filipino community are also on the committee. The Committee meets monthly and reports to the Executive Policy Committee (EPC).

To learn more about the CEC, please visit their website at www.

CEC Awardees

Flor Marcelino, MLA for Wellington

 Elsaida AlertaCassandra Pagtakhan
 Freedom & Noel Lapuz


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