Gerard Keledjian: Armenian-Canadian to receive Pioneers for Change Award 2015
On May 26, 2015 Horizon Weekly of Montreal published the below news article about me receiving a Pioneers for Change award. – GK
Armenian-Canadian Gerard Keledjian is one of this year’s six recipients of Skills for Change’s (SfC) 2015 Pioneers for Change (PfC) Awards. He and other awards recipients will be speaking at a press conference Skills for Change will host at 11 am on Friday May 29th, 2015, to introduce the 2015 Pioneers for Change Awards recipients.
With a history in broadcast, print, online and social media, Gerard will be recognized in the “Excellence in Innovation” category during the annual award ceremony to be held on 11 June, 2015.
Keledjian is the Founder and Executive Producer of New Horizons Media, a multicultural video production company for Canadian non-profits and small businesses. In April 2015, Gerard launched NEW CANADIANS, a web and TV show dedicated to newcomers to Canada and would-be immigrants. Prior to that, in 2012 he had launched Toronto’s first TV series – Introducing Toronto – dedicated to Canadian immigrants which was broadcast on Rogers TV.
A multi-faceted media professional, he blogs at The Immigrant and regularly contributes to a number of Canadian publications. Keledjian has a degree in Journalism and is the Chair of New Canadian Media Professionals’ Network (NCMP).
Other awards recipients include labor activist and CAW-Grindin Chair, Dr. Winnie Ng, Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Sloly, internationally acclaimed novelist, Shyam Selvadurai, South Asian Autism Awareness Center Founder, Geetha Moorthy, and entrepreneur and social activist, Itah Sadu.
The PfC Fundraiser Gala and Awards will take place on Thursday, June 11 2015, at the St James Cathedral Hall in Toronto, from 6-10pm.
The fundraising gala will bring together 200 business, civic and community leaders, as well as other activists for an evening of networking and performances to celebrate the achievements of this year’s Honourees and Award Recipients.
Member for Parliament for Toronto-St.Paul, Carolyn Bennett, will speak during the opening ceremony and other civic leaders will also attend the event.
Skills for Change would like to thank our lead sponsors, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA), and Princess Auto, as well as all of our sponsors for their continued support.
The Awards are hosted by Skills for Change (SfC), who for over 32 years has supported the integration and well-being of immigrants and refugees in Canada. SfC provides settlement services, professional immersion, language, capacity building and other services that help newcomers overcome the obstacles of settling in Canada.