CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Omar Latif Memorial Award for Justice and Peace

Deadline for nominations: 30 October, 2022.

1. Purpose

2022 marks the inauguration of the Omar Latif Memorial Award for Justice and Peace. It is in memory of Omar Latif, the driving force behind the Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians (CPPC).

2. Eligibility

  • Individuals or organisations who are doing progressive work with an eye towards creating systemic change.
  • The nominee(s) should be able to fit within the broader organisational values of the CPPC and should not contravene any of them.
  • Nominees are required to write an essay of 500 word maximum explaining how:
  • Their work fits into CPPC’s vision and values
  • Their work is geared towards or supports creating systemic change

Any individual or Canadian organisation based in Canada is eligible to be nominated to receive the Omar Latif Memorial Award for Justice and Peace. The Award may be granted to more than one individual (for instance, the members of an organisation) where it is clearly demonstrated that the nominees have individually and collectively met the selection criteria.

The award may be given retroactively at the discretion of the jury and the Board.

A nomination can be made posthumously.

3. Call for Nominations

Nominations can be made by one or more members of the CPPC or by the public at large.. 

4. Submission Requirements

Applications are required to be submitted using the online application form on our website:

The following items must be completed or provided:

  • Completed application form;
  • A brief biography of the nominee(s), not to exceed two (2) pages;
  • A report which summarises the contributions of the nominated individual(s) to the broader principles of the CPPC, not to exceed five (5) pages;
  • Letters of support from individuals in the broader social justice arena. Each letter of support should outline their relationship with, and experience of, the nominee(s), and why they believe the nominee(s) should receive the Award;
  • Background information such as awards, publications, etc. (optional);
  • Up to ten (10) representational images (optional);
  • A numerical index listing all images, providing descriptions and full credit information for each (if applicable).
  • Submissions must be received before 11:59 p.m. EST, DATE TO GO HERE, 2022. Applicants solely responsible for timely submissions. This date and time are firm without exceptions.
  • Entries can be submitted either in English, French or Urdu.

Members of CPPC Executive or Awards Committees and their family members/ relatives  are not eligible for this award.

5. Selection Process

The CPPC National Awards Committees shall appoint a Jury each year which will be chaired by the CPPC National Coordinator. The merits of each submission will be discussed by the full Awards Committee. Those not selected for the Award shall be advised of that fact before the name of the winner(s) is announced.

6. Number and amount of Awards

One award of $1,000 CAD will be conferred. At its discretion, the Jury may elect not to confer an award or have the award shared by more than one nominee.

All un-awarded nominations will be carried forward for five consecutive years, after which the nomination will lapse. The nominator(s) may modify/revise the submission to bring it up to date.  

7. Frequency

The award is to be offered every year.

8. Public Presentation

The presentation of the award will be made at a public event. The Award recipient will be invited to deliver an address upon receipt of the award. Photos and biographical information will be published on the CPPC website as well as on our social media platforms.

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