New Westminster – The City of New Westminster would like to extend its congratulations to City Councillor Nakagawa on being nominated for the Breaking Barriers Award at the 2021 B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards, held in a virtual gala on Sunday, March 21 – the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Breaking Barriers Award recognizes the work of an outstanding individual or non-profit, business or public sector organization in tackling systemic or institutional racism and reducing barriers for communities that experience marginalization.
“Congratulations to Councillor Nakagawa for being recognized as an advocate and voice for multicultural representation and inclusion within our city,” said Mayor Jonathan Cote. “I’m proud to work alongside her on City Council to continue to challenge the status quo and work towards addressing inclusive opportunities and spaces for all.”
The awards honour exceptional individuals and organizations that promote multiculturalism and address racism in three categories: Intercultural Trust, Breaking Barriers and Emerging Leader.
“It’s a real honour to be nominated for this award alongside so many other people who are working towards positive change in our province,” said Councillor Nadine Nakagawa. “Anti-racism work is crucially important for a diverse community such as ours and I’m committed to continuing onwards in the future.”
Councillor Nakagawa has worked on issues relating to housing, public spaces, reconciliation, public engagement, and childcare and is the Chair of the Reconciliation, Social Inclusion and Engagement Task Force in New Westminster. For her work in the community, Nadine was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Platinum Awards.