CANADIAN PM STEPHEN HARPER TO RECEIVE UMD'S HIGHEST HONOR, THE GOCE DELCHEV AWARD
It is with distinct pleasure and privilege that the United Macedonian Diaspora announce it will honour The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, with UMD’s highest honour – the Goce Delchev Award – at the 2nd Annual UMD Global Conference Gala on June 5, 2010 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
The Canadian-Macedonian community is extremely grateful for Prime Minister Harper’s bold and honourable leadership in international affairs. The high values and integrity of his policies are evident in Canada’s recognition of Macedonia’s constitutional name, the Republic of Macedonia on September 19, 2007, and have solidified the relationship between Canada and Macedonia.
The first Macedonians immigrated to Canada over 100 years ago. They enriched Canada’s cultural mosaic with their hard work and their cultural legacy. Prime Minister Harper’s recognition of this history has earned our notice and commanded our respect. It is our community’s solemn wish to honour his accomplishments on June 5, 2010 as a token of our esteem and appreciation for his great contributions.
The Goce Delchev Award is UMD’s highest honor and the recipient of this award is selected based on the impact that they have had on Macedonians around the world, their record of public service, and their advancement of justice, peace, democracy, personal freedom and economic opportunity. The Goce Delchev Award is named after the famous 19th century Macedonian leader Goce Delchev who fought for Macedonian independence from the Ottoman Empire. Goce Delchev held views that are epitomized by his well-known quote, "I understand the world solely as a field for cultural competition among the peoples.”
The UMD Board of Directors unanimously nominated Prime Minister Harper as the first recipient of this award for his impact on Macedonia and Macedonians globally.