The Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards were held earlier this month. Hosted by the province, the awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of Albertans born abroad. One of this year’s honorees is Clement Esene. He is the Executive Director of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Foundation, which is located at Tecconnect in Lethbridge. Clement and his team have created programs to help underrepresented and newcomer entrepreneurs overcome socio-economic barriers in western Canada. The foundation helps newcomers take advantage of government grants and programs that are not advertised and helps them get their businesses off the ground. Clement was chosen as a winner in the Small Community Enhancement Award category.