Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC) is pleased to announce Waterloo Region's annual World Refugee Day Awards of Distinction.

These awards recognize individuals/groups in the following categories:

Outstanding members of the local community with lived refugee experience.
Volunteers dedicated to working with refugees, who have contributed to making Waterloo Region a more inclusive community.
Nominate an Exceptional Volunteer

Do you know a deserving person with lived refugee experience who has made a positive contribution to our local community through their skills, dedication, and vision?


Do you know a dedicated individual, youth, or community group who deserves recognition for the volunteer time, commitment, and energy they have contributed to the success of local refugees in Waterloo Region?

Nominations Close Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

 The Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 4th, 2023.

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World Refugee Day Awards of Distinction

Nomination Form

Nominations are now closed

Thanks to all those who submitted a nomination for the 2023 World Refugee Day Awards of Distinction.  Nominations are now closed.


 The Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 4th, 2023.

"In June 2018, I received a World Refugee Day Award of Distinction for my volunteer work in Waterloo Region. I was happy and proud to receive this award. On the day of the awards, I remembered how I came to Canada as a refugee, knowing no one. And there I was, now a Canadian Citizen, being recognized for my work with refugees and immigrants. This award has inspired me to go forward working to assist refugees and vulnerable community members in our Region and everywhere in Canada."

- Muna Al-Nidawi