Opening Night Celebrations


This is the night to kick things off in style. In partnership with Great Lakes Honda we truly embrace this year’s theme of “CELEBRATE DIFFERENT”. Held at the stunning Algoma Water Tower Inn & Suites’ The Pavilion, door’s open at 7:00 pm with proceedings getting under way at 8:00pm, we hope you will join us for an amazing evening of entertainment, awards, and one extremely inspiring presentation. Multicultural flare meets Community Spirit that invigorates the soul.

We will celebrate outstanding contributions to the community with the establishment of the inaugural Community Driven Awards.

Leo Johnson will energize you to create positive change in your city, neighborhood, province, country, and even around the world by showing you what is possible through the efforts of one man.

Round out the night with a pulsating performance from one of the country’s premiere Flamenco dancers. Maria Osende brings her amazing talents to the stage all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Tickets for this event at $20.00 per person and can be purchased at the Sault Community Career Centre located at 503 Queen Street East.

$15 of each ticket sold will be donated to the Liberian Learning Centre project. The remaining $5 of each ticket sold will be used to establish an endowment fund that will support students studying in the field of Humanities.

Community Driven Awards


Recognizing those who are doing amazing work that creates identity, belonging, and a sense of place in the community is what these awards are designed to do. We are honoured to have an amazing partner such as Great Lakes Honda on board for this, the inaugural year.

By asking people to look at their family, friends, co-worker, boss, or someone from the greater community, we want to hear the fantastic stories of the selfless work that happens here in our city. Tell us who the ambassadors of our city, who are the drivers of positive change, and why they are “Community Driven”.


April 18th,2014 the Community Driven Nomination period has ended.

Liberian Learning Centre


Liberia, a nation of nearly four million is Africa’s oldest republic. Founded by freed American slaves in 1847, its name and history are conduits of hope and transformation, but in the last decades of the Twentieth Century, fierce civil conflict and interethnic war eviscerated a proud nation. More than 750,000 Liberians fled their homeland as refugees. One of those refugees was a fifteen-year-old Leo Johnson. While other teenagers unlocked the internet and learned to drive, Leo spent eight years in refugee camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana. In 2006, he resettled in Canada as a Government Sponsored Refugee with a vision to help youth in Canada and Liberia become champions in their communities. In 2007, as a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Leo founded CURE (Care for Underprivileged and Refugee Empowerment) Canada, a not-for-profit organization committed to education, justice and overcoming conflict, particularly within immigrant, refugee and other underprivileged communities. The organization became Empowerment Squared in 2009 to better reflect the diversity of its work and mission.

His work with youth has been recognized for its innovation and impact. He has received the J.C. Holland Award for Youth Leadership and Excellence and the YMCA Peace Medal, been named one of the Hamilton Spectator’s Top 40 Under 40 and one of the top 75 immigrants in Canada, earned a spot as a semi-finalist in the CBC’s Next Great Prime Minister Competition, and served as a guest lecturer in the University of Toronto’s Global Health course.

Now, Leo has added an ambitious bi-continental project to his mission of building communities and opportunities for youth. Liberia is now emerging from its decades of conflict, with the scars and destruction still very much a part of daily life. The 2005 election of Her Excellency the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – a Harvard-educated Nobel Laureate – signaled a potential renaissance for Liberia, but the country lacks many of the fundamental tools required to inspire, educate and equip its youth to build a better future. The desire to provide one of those critical tools is the motivation behind the Liberian Learning Center project.

Maria Osende Flamenco Co.


Founded by principal dancer and artistic director Maria Osende upon moving to Canada from Spain in 2004, the company quickly made a strong presence in Halifax, wowing audiences and critics alike and adding a whole new dimension to the rich multicultural legacy of the region. Since they have performed extensively across the Maritimes and beyond. Enjoy of the finest flamenco companies ever to grace Canada.