Shown here are the 2018 recipients of the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 awards.

Shown here are the 2018 recipients of the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 awards.

Nominations now open for 2019 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Awards dinner in March honours recipients from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley and Mission

Nominations are now open for the 16th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards.

The event is presented by Abbotsford Community Services in partnership with Mission and Chilliwack Community Services as well as the Langley New Directions English Language School.

Concepts of cultural diversity include age, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic background.

Organizations and individuals that work towards building an inclusive community are encouraged to apply.

The Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards started in 2003 to recognize the best practices of organizations and individuals that embrace diversity.

READ MORE: 2018 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award recipients

READ MORE: 2017 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award recipients

Each year, the awards receive nominations for businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that work towards building an inclusive community, providing their clients and customers with accessible environments, and having workforces reflective of their community.

Nominees from Abbotsford, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack that exemplify the spirit of cultural diversity are encouraged to apply.

Categories include: Inclusive Environment, Marketing, Innovative Initiative, Champion of Diversity (youth and adult) and Effective Human Resources Strategies.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Jan. 10.

The awards will be presented March 14 at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. Nomination forms are available online at diversityawards.ca or by contacting Patricia Driessen at cda@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com or 604-308-5673.