Montreal Intercultural Festival Award

Montreal Intercultural Festival Award
The Intercultural Award award was created to recognize an individual, group or business that has demonstrated a sustained commitment and effort to enhance Montreal cultural-diversity, multiculturalism and/or interculturalism.
The award plaque features colorful parrots family with a black frame glass. It symbolizes the diversity of people who have come here to begin new lives. It symbolizes the underlying strength of our society, a strength on which people can build their new futures.

The award also focuses on festivals with a serious commitment to Montreal multicultural-diversity, multiculturalism within their programming, and encourages them to deliver a positive image of Montreal multiculturalism and its values.

Festival Awards are given by an Festival Jury based on criteria such as: artistic excellence, artistic creation, methods of co-creation, Montreal and community values, diversity or works, social inclusion, education, media personnel and environmental sustainability. 

Festival Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the last day of Intercultural Festival.


Award Recipients

Debra Arbec  hosts CBC News Montreal. She has been covering daily news in Montreal since 1989. The veteran reporter and anchor joined CBC News: Montreal at 5, 5:30 and 6 in May of 2011.
Before joining CBC, Debra worked at CTV Montreal, where she anchored various newscasts and reported on major stories for nearly 14 years. After 911, in an attempt to foster understanding in multi-cultural Montreal, she created a popular weekly feature called My Montreal. Debra started out in journalism at CJAD Radio, and also worked at Mix 96 and The Weather Network. Debra was born in Montreal and is a graduate of Concordia's Journalism Department.
debra-arbecThroughout her career, she has received several journalism awards, including two RTNDA Dan MacArthur Awards: One for a special report on teen gambling, another for a report on suicide. She was also a Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon finalist for diversity reporting.Debra Arbec  hosts CBC News Montreal For becoming a voice for the voiceless communities, and for providing publicity for important community projects in the GMA as the host of CBC News Montreal.


Mary Deros has live all her life in Parc-Extension and helped to grow Parc-Extension Youth Organization (PEYO) was first elected to Montreal city council for the Parc-Extension division in the 1998 municipal election. Vision Montreal won a council majority in this election under Mayor Bourque's leadership, and Deros was appointed to the executive committee in November 1998 with responsibility for sports, leisure, social development, and neighborhoods. She oversaw the conversion of some municipal baseball fields to soccer parks in 2000, arguing that soccer was becoming a more popular sport in the city.In 2001, she played a major role in organizing Montreal's Greek Independence Day parade.
358c50cDeros was re-elected in the 2001 municipal election, in which Vision Montreal was defeated by Gérald Tremblay's Montreal Island Citizens Union (MICU). She stood down from the executive committee with the rest of the Bourque administration and served as an opposition member.She was re-elected to a third term in 2005.

 Mary Deros  for her outstanding community service and tireless dedication to various. ... with the Progressive Intercultural Community Services.In 2007, Deros led a successful campaign to prevent Montreal's historic Park Avenue from being renamed after former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa. She also campaigned for an indoor soccer venue in the same period.

After serving as a Vision Montreal councillor for nine years, Deros joined Mayor Tremblay's renamed Union Montreal in December 2007. On January 28, 2009, Tremblay re-appointed Deros to the Montreal executive committee with responsibility for community, social development, and families.

Deros was re-elected to a fourth term in the 2009 municipal election and was given responsibility for cultural communities following an executive committee shuffle in November 2009. In April 2011, she was given additional responsibilities for youth.
in December 2012; in June 2013, she reaffiliated with the new Équipe Denis Coderre.


Anie Samson is a city councillor from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She became borough mayor of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension on January 1, 2006. She was reelected on November 1, 2009.

She is one of the founding members of the Vision Montreal municipal political party. She previously served as city councillor for the district of Villeray from 1994 to 2005.

 Samson has a Bachelor'sanie_samson degree in political science specializing in international relations from Université de Montréal as well as a Master's Degree in communications. Same time Samson had been performing as  marriages and civil unions  and had used the fees collected from each marriage to create a special fund for food security in VSP.


Services for youths and Cultural Community

NelsonOsse 1993 graduate of Lucien Page High School in Montreal. Grow up in Parc-Extension  Executive director of the CorporationNelson des Loisirs du Parc, brought the communities issue to the attention of the authority. The organization provides sports and recreation services free of charge to young people in Park Extension. His mandated to encourage physical fitness among Parc-Extension intercultural communities children and adolescents sports, education and recreation groups in Park Extension,

He is currently directing Quebec youth champion PXknights basketball team.His tired less afford to Parc-Extension youths has changed the way of their life in Parc-Ex.