Immigrant Achievement Award Finalists Include Women and Gender Studies Researcher Glenda Bonifacio
Immigrant Achievement Award Finalists Include Women and Gender Studies Researcher Glenda Bonifacio

October 3, 2012

A University of Lethbridge researcher is a finalist in the 2012 Lethbridge Family Services – Immigrant Services Immigrant Achievement Awards.

Dr. Glenda Bonifacio, an Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge, is a finalist in the Distinguished Professional category.

The Immigrant Achievement Awards bring awareness to the valuable contribution of immigrants within our community. The third annual awards ceremony, which takes place Nov 8, 2012, will honor 11 finalists in six categories of achievement.

Bonifacio’s research interests are diverse, and include Gender, Migration and Citizenship, Development and Globalization, among other topics.

She teaches popular classes on migration, religion and sexuality, and collaborates with colleagues in Lethbridge and internationally on numerous projects, including, most recently a joint effort to research how minority groups have used support from government or social agencies and how they adapted the support to their particular need based on culture or other influences.

Award categories include: Arts & Culture, Business, Community Service, Distinguished Professional and Outstanding Youth. The awards also recognize one organization that has made diversity and inclusion a priority.

“All new residents make a significant impact on our community,” said Sarah Amies, the Program Director for Immigrant Services.

“By choosing Lethbridge as their home, immigrants and refugees introduce us to new cultures, expand our understanding and add richness and diversity to our community. We are very happy to be able to recognize just a few of those individuals who have made such an incredible contribution to our community; often with a grace and dignity that defies overwhelming circumstances and challenges.”

Originally from the Philippines, Bonifacio joined the University of Lethbridge in 2005. She holds a BA in Social Sciences, major in Political Science (magna cum laude, University of the Philippines); MA in Asian Studies (University of the Philippines); and a Ph.D. from the School of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, Australia in 2004.

The 2012 Immigrant Achievement Award finalists are:

Arts & Culture:

Ed Bayly
Charles Parker

Finalists in the Arts & Culture category have been selected based on their contribution to a creative endeavor that has demonstrated their appreciation for cultural awareness through the use of Media or Technological Arts, the Performing Art, Visual Arts or Literary Arts.



Anup Ghai – Baadshah Resturant
Monica Munoz – Spanish Montesorri

Finalists in the Business category are representative of immigrants who have achieved significant success in the creation of or operation of a business venture within the community.


Community Service:

Bal Boora
Barbara Lacey
Shaun Ward

The Community Service award recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated through specific acts, their commitment to giving back to the community, either through voluntary or professional services.


Outstanding Youth:

Robin Timsina

The award for Outstanding Youth is presented to an immigrant student age 14-25 who has shown outstanding commitment to the community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Sports, Community and Volunteer Activity, Academics and or Leadership


Distinguished Professional:

Glenda Bonifacio

The Distinguished Professional award recognizes an immigrant who has achieved success in a chosen career.


Workplace Diversity:

The City of Lethbridge – CMARD

Lethbridge Public Library – Read-On Program Volunteers Teena Cormack, Joanne Nemeth and Sheila Urban

The award for a Workplace that Promotes Diversity recognizes an organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing diversity initiatives in the workplace or has made significant contributions in serving ethnically diverse client groups.


Award recipients will be announced at the 2012 Immigrant Achievement Awards which will take place Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Coast Hotel.

The community is invited to attend.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available by contacting Lethbridge Family Services at (403) 320-1589, on line at or at the LFS office at 703 – 2nd Ave South.

U of L Communications and Public Relations Contact:
Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173

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