Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award

Commissioner Don Head and Hamza Al-Baghdadi
Commissioner Don Head with Hamza Al-Baghdadi, recipient of the 2012 Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award

All Correctional Service Canada (CSC) employees, volunteers, and individuals on contract or summer employment programs, are eligible for the Multiculturalism Award. This award may also be given to members of the public (e.g., volunteer organizations) in recognition of their contribution to CSC in the area of multiculturalism.

Candidates for the Multiculturalism Award are accepted by nomination only, which must be approved by a Regional Deputy Commissioner or a Sector Assistant Commissioner. This award is intended to encourage all persons working or dealing with CSC, and to recognize their efforts to improve cross-cultural understanding and race relations within CSC. It honours those who have shown commitment and determination in helping to build an integrated society for all in Canada.

Nominating a candidate

To nominate a candidate for the Multiculturalism Award, the sponsor must fill out the nomination form, print and sign it, and submit the nomination package to a regional office for approval by the Regional Deputy Commissioner. Nominations may be submitted in French or English by a sponsor with direct knowledge of the candidate's contribution. A sponsor can be any CSC employee, community partner, stakeholder, or NEAC/REAC member considered a third party to the candidate.

Previous recipients of the Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award

Nomination Package

The nomination package must include the following documents:

  • A completed and signed Nomination and Consent Form signed by the nominee or highest ranking member of the nominated group
  • A detailed description of the candidate's contribution to multiculturalism within CSC and to the promotion of a unified and diverse Canada
  • Other supporting documents, such as publications, testimonials, news clippings, photographs, videos, etc.

Information and examples submitted with the nomination form must be verifiable. Applications and support material will not be returned.

Deadline for Nominations

All nomination packages for the award must be received by March 31, of that year. If March 30 falls on a weekend, the following workday will be considered the deadline. Late entries will not be considered.


The Deputy Commissioner of each region and the Assistant Commissioner of each sector, presenting a nomination, is responsible to support and approve the submission of each nominee.

Evaluation of Nominations

Nominations will be reviewed and evaluated against on the following criteria:

  1. The candidate promoted initiatives that support CSC objectives with multiculturalism.
  2. The candidate demonstrated support to the successful reintegration of ethnocultural offenders within the community.
  3. The candidate facilitated programs such as mentorship, volunteerism, leadership, and civic education among ethnocultural offenders and at-risk cultural youth
  4. The candidate promoted inter-cultural understanding and Canadian values (democracy, freedom, human rights and rule of law) within CSC, through community initiatives, with the objectives of addressing issues of cultural social exclusion (parallel communities).
  5. The candidate demonstrated effort and brought positive results within the organization and for ethnocultural offenders.

Announcement of Recipient

The award recipient is announced every year the National Public Service Week award ceremony in June at National Headquarters.

For more information about the award and the nomination process, please contact the Ethnocultural Services Section (ESS) at:

Toll free: 1 (888) 273-3802
Tel: (613) 947-1521

Email: randolph.mason@csc-scc.gc.ca