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Prince George woman wins provincial anti-racism award

Karelya Medialdea took home an award for her work with IMSS in Prince George
Karelya Medialdea holds up her award at the B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards in Vancouver on March 21.

A Prince George woman was one of two winners who were recognized for outstanding work at the B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards.

Karelya Medialdea, the community connection co-ordinator at Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George (IMSS), was honoured in the Intercultural Trust category for outstanding work in building intercultural trust and understanding and reducing racism and hate between communities.

With IMSS, Medialdea launched a program to increase the capacity of affected rural communities to address racism and discrimination by providing free legal education about human rights.

The awards were held on March 21, in Vancouver which Madialdea attended in person. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2023 ceremony is the first in-person event since 2019.

“I just want to say thank you for everyone who supported my work all of these years. It is very important we work towards a society that is free of discrimination where there is equality for everyone,” said Madialdea.

“I am super happy to be here today and thank you to my friends and family and my community and my organization, it means a lot to me.”

In total, five award recipients were honoured across three categories and six people were recognized with honourable mentions.

Since launching in 2008, the B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards have recognized more than 50 individuals and organizations.