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The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation (CMEF) was incorporated in Alberta in 1990. It is a non-profit volunteer society founded by a small group of veteran educators, communicators and advocates for multiculturalism and human rights. CMEF aims to promote public awareness of the opportunities and benefits of an evolving multicultural society in Canada, and foster individual and community initiatives and support for policies and programs that serve all Canadians.

CMEF pursues two broad strategies to achieve its mission:

  • It fosters and develops community education activities.
  • It works to develop a collaborative network across Canada of organizations with compatible interests and objectives.

The organization remains small and tightly focused, taking on a few carefully chosen projects and strategic partnerships each year.


Board of Directors 2017-2018

Beryl Scott
Past President
Earl Choldin
Vice President
Madan Mohan Prasad
Judith Moar
Vice President
Karen Gall
Avau Fast
Ben Chew
Joan Cowling
Dr. Michael Frishkopf

Advisory Council
Gucharan Bhatia, C.M.
Rev. Audrey Brooks
Lewis Cardinal
Jim Gurnett
Ron Horton
Ardis Kamra
Rev. Don Mayne

Lan Chan Marples

eNewsletter Editor
Dawn Ius

Honorary Life Members
Robinson Koilpillai, C.M.
Nicholas Spillios
Ardis D. Kamra
Gurcharan Bhatia, C.M.

Recruiting New Board Members

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation (CMEF) promotes multiculturalism in Canada by providing programs that improve understanding between people of different cultures and that renew discussions about the direction of multiculturalism in Canada

The CMEF Board of Directors creates policies that guide the organization and that support our office staff in program delivery.

CMEF is seeking Board Members who share our vision and who wish to join us in working to realize it.

An application for nomination form can be found here.

For more information, please contact:
Earl Choldin, President
Nicholas Spillios, Past President


Highlights of Past Projects, Events & Activities

Partnerships, Liaisons, Cooperation & Sponsorships

Liaison and cooperation with education organizations such as the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education, the Association for Canadian Studies and the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education.

Liaison and cooperation with human rights organizations such as the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Centre for Race and Culture.

Liaison and cooperation with international development organizations such as the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation.

CMEF was a major partner in the 2006 International Conference, Building World Peace: The Role of Religion and Human Rights.

Sponsor of an annual Harmony Brunch that invites individuals and community organizations to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.



CMEF was a major partner for the 1998 World Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CMEF hosted a national and international conference in 2002 on the topic Canada: Global Model for a Multicultural State



CMEF was a partner of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights in presenting a series of workshops on racism in the workplace.



Edmonton: A Home for the World - Issues in Developing Canadian Multiculturalism Series held in 2015-16 around the Syrian Refugee crisis.



Seniors on the Move:

  • Caribbean Multiculturalism Day, February 20, 2015
  • Jewish Multiculturalism Day, June 4, 2015
  • Chinese Culure Days, June 19, 2015
  • Ukrainian Culture Days, July 28, 2015


Tocho Morocho!

CMEF parthered with the Goverment of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program and The Edmonton Arts Council to host Tocho Morocho! on November 22, 2014, an event that celebrated the talents of seniors.



Celebrating Connections - Weddings In Multicultural Alberta

A heritage exhibition of wedding gowns, photos and stories of nine Edmonton multicultural families at the University of Alberta Museum in Enterprise Square, May 28 - August 1, 2015. Funding assistance by the Edmonton Heritage Council.


Published The Edmonton Declaration resolutions and outcomes from the conference Canada: Global Model for a Multicultural State (2002)


Towards Women's Human Rights

Culturally Diverse Collaborations: Enhancing Social Harmony and Economic Development in a Pluralistic Canada, M. Ibrahim; Nicholas Spillios (editors) Alladin

Canadian Multiculturalism: Dreams, Realities, Expectations (based on the International Conference "Canada: Global Model for a Multicultural State, on cultural diversity , global citizenship, pluralism, racism, human rights, immigration, justice and related governance," Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, September 25 - 28, 2002


Surveys, Reports & Briefs

CMEF conducted a major provincial survey and producing an extensive report on the influence of print and broadcast media on the attitudes of Albertans on key issues of multiculturalism and diversity.

CMEF presented briefs to the federal government task force on Media, the Human Rights Review Panel and hearings on the Canadian Citizenship Act.




2015: Diversity in the Work Place - CMEF sponsored the photography contest for the first year class of photography students at NAIT. The purpose of the contest is to find new images in multiculturalism and also to engage young people in the theme.


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