By Ashok Bhargava
VANCOUVER: Writers International Network (WIN) Canada has announced a Global Harmony Award to be given any distinguished world citizen who makes significant contribution to harmony by promoting cross-cultural and international understanding through arts and literature and bringing together writers, artists, painters and photographers to unite mankind under the banner of unity in diversity.
Ms. Alicia R. Bernal of the Philippines is the first recipient of the Global Harmony Award.
This honor was bestowed on her in absentia at the Council Chambers of City Hall in Richmond in British Columbia on October 5 during the celebration of the Autumn Dance Poetry Festival.
Alicia is also being given the Dr. Asha Bhargava Memorial “Literary Ambassador Award” for inspiring and supporting artists all over the world by creating a family of writers and artists affectionately called “Axlepinos.”
These awards and certificates will be delivered personally to her by WIN Canada president Ashok Bhargava on November 13 in the Philippines.
The citation says Alicia R. Bernal belongs to an extremely intelligent family that has earned many accolades. After her fine arts studies she and her former husband moved into high society circles and achieved much distinction.
She is a philanthropist just like her father. After her full recovery from a near fatal illness, she left a life of luxury and took early retirement to fully immersed herself in a mission that everyone thought was impossible to achieve. But she succeeded in her mission because of her faith in God.
Alicia is the creator of Axlepin Publishing. Under her leadership, it has risen to become a bastion of arts, inspiration and creativity. She believes that “as a community we are enriched when we learn from each other by converging together to share our experiences, perspectives and point of views as how to see the world through each others’ eyes.”
As a sister-figure she has helped build connectivity, trust, empathy and a sense of belonging among people. She continues to plant the seeds of inspiration in the hearts of writers and artists through her endeavours.
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(Ashok Bhargava is the president of Writers International Network Canada)