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Ivor Carvalho Award

Ivor Carvalho Award Recipients


2016 Award Recipient

Janet Dench - Canadian Council for Refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.  The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants.  The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership.

For more information, please visit the CCR website


2015 Award Recipient

ORAT - Office of Refugees, Archidiocese of Toronto




Thanks to civic sponsors, in the past 35 years, hundred thousands of refugees from around the world have been able to find a safe haven in Canada. Individuals with communities can initiate to bring refugees to Canada – through a group of five, a community organization or a sponsorship agreement holder. ORAT - the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto provides advice, support and assistance if you want to initiate a sponsorship/ resettlement. Additionally, ORAT works with parishes, religious orders and Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese, enabling them to participate in this rewarding program.

For more information, please visit the ORAT website 


2014 Award Recipient

WCNI - Welcome Centre Immigrant Services

"I need to do something to help my fellow immigrants"

The above statement was made by Salim M. Sindhu, co-founder of the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. As an immigrant himself, Mr. Sindhu sought to create a unique community where newcomers could develop the skills needed to find their rightful place in Canadian society. 

With its humble beginnings in 1988, C.I.E.S. has grown to include 90 dedicated staff and 150 volunteers who provide a "one-stop-shop" for new immigrants and economically challenged individuals. As a non-profit charity devoted to offering free and lost-cost alternatives to expensive settlement programming

For more information, please visit the WCIS website


2013 Award Recipient

LEGIT- Canadian Immigration for Same-sex Parteners

As a grassroots lobby and support group, LEGIT provides immigration information and support to queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people while working to end discrimination in Canada's immigration regulations. The group has successfully helped thousands of couples in cross-border relationships gain permanent residence in Canada. Since 1991, LEGIT has lobbied for changes to immigration process, policies and law. After a decade of lobbying for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to end discrimination against our families, same-sex partners were officially recognized as part of the Family Class on June 28, 2002. While LEGIT celebrates this positive change in the Canadian Immigration Act, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the immigration process is, in practice, equal and accessible.

For more information, please visit LEGIT’S website


Ivor Carvalho Award

Last Update: July 7th, 2014

Approved by Board of Directors: July 30, 2014

1. Award Background

Initiated in 2013, the purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or an organization that strives to change the system in the best interests of immigrants.

Ivor Carvalho, an active CAPIC member since its founding, was fully involved in lobbying activities. He was also a CAPIC Ontario Chapter Executive, supporting and contributing to National activities. Ivor was fully involved in eradicating socio-economic barriers for new immigrants, and ensuring that they enjoyed the same rights as all other Canadians. An eloquent writer, a dedicated activist, and the very epitome of Canadian values, his life however was tragically cut short on the eve of CAPIC NEC 2012, in Montréal, when he passed away.

2. The Nomination & Selection Process

CAPIC issues the Ivor Carvalho Award at the NEC. The Nomination process is opened 4 to 6 months prior to the National Education Conference date. The CAPIC Past President Council is the body responsible for reviewing nominations, ensuring that qualifications are met, and making a recommendation of the most appropriate candidate to the Board.

The Past President’s Council may elect not to issue the Award when the majority of the Council deem appropriate and make such recommendation to the Board of Directors.

3. The Selection Criteria

The Award shall be issued to organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to immigration advocacy and/or assistance to new immigrants.

The selection criteria is as follows:

(i) Impact on legislation or legislators - Actions that have an effect on advancing immigration issues consistent with CAPIC policies, generating support and/or raising new awareness among legislators.

(ii) Mobilizing advocacy - Actions that mobilize legislative advocacy by advocacy groups or members of the community.

(iii) Raising public awareness - Actions generating support for and raising awareness among the state policymakers, media and the general public regarding a specific legislative issue or issues.

(iv) Providing services that help new immigrants in settling and integrating to the Canadian society.

Please fill out the following Ivor Carvalho nomination form and return it to CAPIC by mail, email or by fax.

Ivor Carvalho Nomination Form











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