The COPA Awards, or Celebrating Outstanding Portuguese Canadian Achievement, were held for the first time in Toronto on October 14, 2004. 

The awards were created in order to honour the great achievements of many Luso-Canadians across the country. Six individuals were selected as award winners, and they were honoured in the areas of: Arts & Culture, Athletics, Education & Academia, Vision and Leadership. The people recognized had excelled masterfully in their fields, and their contributions benefited not only the Portuguese community, but also Canadian society at large.

This is the inspiration for the continuation of these awards.  The PCNC wishes to celebrate individuals who serve as role models and showcase what can be achieved when vision, hard work and commitment are fully embraced. The COPA Awards ceremony is an opportunity to publicly celebrate our successes as a community, and offer inspiration to younger generations of Luso-Canadians.


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