The 2018 Rural Ontario Leaders Award has been given to the founder of the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron.
STRATFORD - An immigrant from Ethiopia and former recipient of the top 25 Immigrants of Canada award can add another piece of hardware to his mantle.
Stratford's Dr.Gezahgn Wordofa or "Gaza" as he is called by most, is the latest recipient of the 2018 Rural Ontario Leaders Award.
The award program recognizes outstanding leaders among rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations.
For Wordofa, his work is all about his community and family.
"I am happy to receive this on behalf of my family and my community. What separates this community from others is that even in a rural setting we remain close, but there is still work to do and I will continue to serve my community. I welcome all newcomers to this beautiful area and I will do my best to bring diversity."
Award recipients are recognized for their work in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario.
Wordofa has been doing his part as the go to person for new immigrants in the community since 2011. Wordofa founded the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron 7 years ago. The centre offers services and support for newcomers. It was Wordofa's vision to help create a diverse and welcoming community.
"Newcomers to Huron and Perth Counties enrich their communities by teaching us about the world we live in, and reminding us that even though we may be different, we are all the same. One community all coming together.”
The proud Stratford resident holds a Psychology Doctorate and is hoping his community efforts help him secure a seat on Stratford's City Council in the fall municipal election.
Wordofa is inviting everyone to the Multicultural Festival in downtown Stratford on Saturday August 11th from 1 p.m.- 9 p.m. for some live music and international cuisine.