2020 Intercultural Award Recipient Honoured at City Council

The City of Fredericton has recognized the UNB International Swim Program with this year’s Intercultural Award.  The UNB International Swim Program (UNB ISP) was founded by UNB swimmers and lifeguards from a variety of backgrounds. The award was presented during a virtual ceremony held at City Hall.

The UNB ISP teaches critical skills in water safety to refugee and immigrant families in the greater Fredericton area. Through the work of its dedicated volunteers, the UNB ISP offers a free eight-week survival swim program. Last year, it managed to engage more than 15 volunteer instructors and more than 40 participants who spoke Russian, French, Spanish, and numerous dialects of Arabic. T

The group raises funds to cover the operating costs and, that way, it ensures that the program is free to participants.

The City’s Intercultural Award recognizes an individual, group or business that has demonstrated a sustained commitment and effort to enhance Fredericton’s cultural diversity and inclusiveness. This includes promoting cultural diversity and awareness, helping new Frederictonians build skills and knowledge to allow them to participate fully in our community, and encouraging their involvement in sports, the arts, and other community programs to create a sense of belonging.