Simorgh Achievement Awards 2018

Nominate yourself or someone else for the Simorgh Achievement Awards 2018:

The Simorgh Gala is an event organized by the Iranian Canadian Congress that celebrates the contributions of the Iranian-Canadian community to Canada. During this annual gala the Iranian Canadian Congress recognizes individuals/organizations who have dedicated their lives to building a flourishing Iranian-Canadian community by awarding them the Simorgh Achievement Awards. 

This year we have a new process for nomination and selection of the award recipients. For the first time we are engaging the public in the nomination process and we are forming an independent awards committee for improved transparency and fairness. Please review this page carefully to find out how you can nominate yourself or another individual or a non-profit or charity organization for one of the 4 Achievement Awards that will be given away on Feb 2, 2018 at the Simorgh Gala. 

Award Categories

  • Leadership in Community Service

Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Iranian-Canadian community and demonstrated successful leadership by working with not-for-profits or charities and/or volunteering her/his time and expertise to build a brighter future for her community.

  • Leadership in Arts and Culture

Awarded to an individual who has made significant impact on the Iranian-Canadian community through her/his artistic or cultural work or has successfully helped in introducing Iranian arts and culture in the Canadian society through her/his work.

  • The Rising Star (Under 35 young leadership award)

Awarded to a young individual under 35 that has made outstanding contributions to the Iranian-Canadian community in her/his career and/or in her/his community work and has demonstrated a continued commitment to serving the Iranian community. 

  • The Iranian-Canadian Non-Profit/Charity of the Year.

Awarded to a Canadian non-profit or registered charity organization that has made outstanding contributions to the Iranian-Canadian community or has provided significant and necessary services to the Iranian-Canadian community in their work during the past year. 

Nomination Process

You can nominate yourself or someone else (or a non-profit organization) for one of the Award categories above. Note that each individual can only be nominate for one award category and organizations can only be nominated for their one specific award category. You can nominate multiple individuals (or multiple organizations) for the Simorgh Achievement Awards but you have to complete one separate nomination form for each person/organization you are nominating. To complete the nomination form click on the following link:

Click here to complete the nomination form.

  • Deadline: All nomination forms must be submitted by end of December 31st, 2017. 
  • If you are nominating someone else, the person/organization that you are nominating will be contacted by the Awards Committee and they must accept your nomination before being considered as a nominee. 

Awards Selection 

To improve the transparency and fairness in the process the Iranian Canadian Congress for the first time is forming an independent Awards Committee consisting of experts, long time community activists and previous recipients of the Simorgh Awards to evaluate the nomination applications and select the final award recipients for each category. The Awards Committee works independent of the ICC Board of Directors and only members of the Awards Committee will have the right to vote or comment in the evaluation process. 

Final Announcement

The final award recipients for each category will be announced at the Simorgh Gala 2018 on February 2nd, 2018. For more information about the Simorgh Gala or to purchase your tickets to the event please visit the following page: 

Click here for more information about the Simorgh Gala 2018 and to purchase your tickets.



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