It has been over thirty years since Ethiopians have been adopting Canada as their second homeland. According to current statistics, there are over 70,000 Canadians of Ethiopian origin residing in various Provinces of Canada, 70% of which live in Ontario with the majority being in the City of Toronto.
Although in the history of community settlement thirty five years might not be considered such a long time, it has become long enough for some members of our community to become grandparents. The time has thus arrived to focus on the future by sharing our positive experiences and achievements collectively.
Generally speaking, as a community, our journey has been difficult. Like many other first generation immigrants in Canada our settlement continues to have challenges. However, as we continue to overcome these challenges it is self-defeating to dwell exclusively on problems and crises that will not lead to lasting resolutions. The Mental Law of Correspondence informs us that negative thinking attracts negative thinking contrary to the Laws of Physics. Whatever we dwell on in the conscious grows in our experience.* (Paraphrased from Peak Performance Seminars and Quotations by motivational speaker Brian Tracey)
Therefore, let us all make a paradigm shift and begin to reflect positively on our achievements as Ethiopians setting the stage for the younger generation so that they can be helped to successfully integrate into mainstream Canadian society without losing their Ethiopian Heritage. There is much past and present glorious history of achievement to be recognized and celebrated empowering us to display our positive contribution to Canadian society and ultimately promote excellence among members of the younger generation. There is no doubt that success stories big and small when recognized collectively bring about a positive image of the community and create an opportunity for the younger generation to learn from these success stories and emulate the successful players.
With the above thinking and spirit taken into heart, a founding Board of Directors of Bikila Award Inc. was created that took the initiative to establish this organization whose express objective is to foster academic, professional and business excellence; promote volunteerism within persons of Ethiopian origin residing in Canada and to recognize exemplary Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia primarily through award and recognition. Bikila Award Inc.is a registered non-political, non-religious and a not for profit organization.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Board of Directors
The mission of Bikila Award is to foster academic, professional and business excellence and promote volunteerism among persons of Ethiopian origin, primarily through award and recognition. Bikila Award is created mainly to empower young people reach their highest potential and to celebrate their achievements.