We’re pleased to announce that MOSAIC has been honoured as the 2016 recipient of the Renate Shearer Award. The award, sponsored by the BC Human Rights Clinic and the United Nations Association in Canada, was handed out Thursday, December 8th.
Renate Shearer was a founder of a community multilingual information service which became one of the pillars that formed MOSAIC in 1976. Shearer came to North America as a refugee from Nazi Germany, and devoted her career to working with, and advocating for multiple community causes including co-chairing the Solidarity Coalition, developing a downtown detox centre, and helping to found the BC Human Rights Coalition.
Accepting the award on behalf of MOSAIC, Eyob Naizghi, Executive Director, noted, “MOSAIC is built on the past work of visionary people like Renate Shearer. With a vision of ‘Empowering newcomers to fully participate in Canadian society’, the values of Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation and Commitment have guided MOSAIC to making a difference in the society both through direct service to clients and engaging policy makers in advocacy.”
Yesterday’s event was humbling, honouring and inspirational. Many long-time friends joined MOSAIC during this honour including Senator Mobina Jaffer, Senator of BC, Minister Suzanne Anton, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Patsy George, Honourary Director of UNAC-Vancouver and a recipient of Order of Canada, George Somerwill, Co-President of the Board of UNAC-Vancouver, Ed MaCauley, President of the Board of BC Human Rights Clinic and Courtney Szto, Past Co-President of the UNAC-Vancouver.
Renate Shearer’s work was recognized posthumously in 1988 by the MOSAIC Human Rights Award, an award that recognizes individuals and organizations who made a difference on issues of diversity and multiculturalism or contributed to the welcoming of immigrants/refugees.