It is an incredible milestone celebrating the contributions of immigrants to Canada.
In its 10th year, The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments and leadership of newcomers ang immgrants across Canada.
Among this year’s winners are two of our kababayans— Winnipeger Loizza Aquino and Toronto-based Lawyer Atty Josepine Yam. Loizza is also a Youth Award recipient.
Creator of Youth Against Mental Illness Stigma and Winner of the Young Humanitarian Award of Manitoba, Aquino also recently created her own scholarship fund to empower other youth mental health activists like her across Canada and the Philippines.
The 18-year-old Winnipegger is studying at the University of Toronto, with a double major in mental health studies and international development studies. And she has brought her activism along with her, hosting Peace of Mind events in Toronto.
Atty Josephine Yam is the CEO and co-founder of Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada, a social enterprise that matches skilled corporate employees to serve on non-profit boards for leadership development, diversity and inclusion, which benefits them, their corporations and the non-profits they serve.
Atty Yam was already a practising lawyer in her native Philippines and in New York, becoming one of Asia’s first internet lawyers.
The Law Society of Ontario then recognized her credentials, and she was admitted to practise law in Ontario and Alberta.
As a lawyer-entrepreneur, Yam worked with international law firm Baker & McKenzie in Toronto, Hong Kong and Manila, and as senior legal counsel with the Alberta government handling multi-billion-dollar energy infrastructure projects.
Congratulations Loizza, Atty Josephine and all the winners and nominees.
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