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Hon. Madam Justice Louise Arbour was recognized for her courage and dedication to the pursuit of justice in the international arena, especially for her work in establishing the War Crimes Tribunals, at the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations at Parliament Hill in March 2001.  

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Hon. Paul Martin, Minister of Finance, was the award recipient as Canada’s best Finance Minister and  a good friend of the Muslim Community, in February 2002.

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC-Radio Canada was the recipient of the 2003 award.  The award was in recognition of CBC’s more than 65 years of public radio and television broadcasting service, in English and French, as well as in eight aboriginal languages in the north, and its long-standing commitment to providing news and information programming of the highest possible standards to all Canadians.  Mr. Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO, received the award on behalf of CBC.

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The Late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau was honoured in 2004 for “his lifetime devotion to the pursuit of justice, peace, equality and fairness for all and for his contribution in creating the Canada of today - a model multicultural democracy” .  

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The Association paid tribute to the “Canadian Parliamentary Democratic System of Government, especially our Constitution, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the policy of Multiculturism, which have produced extraordinary Pluralism, Equality, and a fully empowered Citizenry” in February 2005.  

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Dr. Haroon Siddiqui, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and several other awards, was recognized for “his contributions to enriching Canada’s public discourse, and public policy, by passionately advancing the idea of equal dignity for all groups, especially the aboriginal peoples, the Quebecois and new immigrants. He has repeatedly challenged the media's unjust and stereotypical coverage of minorities. His championing of the cause of human rights, democratic values and justice has been a sustaining source of inspiration for those who cherish Canada’s pluralism” at the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in November 2005.

 

The Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada also paid tribute to the Veterans “In recognition of their heroic efforts and deeds, their courage and sacrifices that have made Canada and the world safer for us all. Young men and women from all walks of life, origins and faiths, and from our first nations, served side by side to defend the rights and freedoms of others.  They sacrificed their comforts, love and safety of home.  Many lost their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice.  To them we pay homage.  The courage and achievements of our veterans will always be remembered. Lest we forget”.  The plaque was presented to Hon. Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs and representatives from some veteran organizations.

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On November 22, 2006, the Association honoured "The Canadian Justice System for its Impartiality, Fairness, Openness and Independent Judiciary".  Hon. Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, received the award on behalf of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper.  

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On November 22, 2007m , the Association celebrated the 800th birth anniversary of Mevlana Rumi, considered one of the greatest poets of all times, as UNESCO declared 2007 as the year of Rumi.  Awards were given to the embassies of Turkey, where Rumi lived and died, and Iran as his poetry is in Persian.  Both Iran and Turkey have held many events here in Canada to celebrate the life and contributions of Mevlana Rumi to Muslim thought and culture.  UNESCO chose to honour Rumi this year because of his ability to bridge the barriers of culture and religion.  Plaques and Keith Sandulak's polar bear sculptures were presented to His Excellency Aydemir Erman, Ambassador of Turkey, and to Dr. Fazel Larijani, Cultural Attaché for Iran.

 

Mr. Barry Leon, a prominent lawyer at Torys LLP, was the Keynote Speaker.  His speech was titled "Canada's Legal System - Should We Be Proud?"

 

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On October 9, 2008, RBC Financial Group was honoured for 'ITS COMMITMENT AND INITIATIVES FOR DEVELOPING AND SUPPORTING “DIVERSITY” THAT IS REFLECTED IN ITS WORKFORCE ESPECIALLY IN MANAGEMENT'.

Ms. Barbara Stymiest, Chief Operating Officer, was the Keynote Speaker and Award Recipient for RBC.

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The 15th annual Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at Parliament Hill were held on October 7, 2009 in Room 200, West Block.  Mr. Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms, House of Commons, was the Award Recipient.  He was honoured for his "long outstanding service to our country" and for his "efforts to promote bias-free policing and diversity in the workplace".

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The 16th annual Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at Parliament Hill were held on September 22, 2010 in Room 200, West Block.  Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the  House of Commons, was the Award Recipient.  He was honoured for his "distinguished Public Service as a Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker, and the longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons".

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The 17th annual Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at Parliament Hill were held on November 16, 2011 in Ottawa Sheraton Hotel due to the closure of West Block for renovations.  His Excellency David Jacobson, Ambassador for the United States of  America to Canada was the Award Recipient.  He was presented with a plaque and Sandulak's polar bear sculpture.

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The 18th Annual Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated on October 30, 2012 in the Government Conference Centre.  We also celebrated the 30th Anniversary of our Canadian Constitution, and the Keynote address was on the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms by Professor Errol Mendes, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa.                                                                                  For story and photos, please click here.

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The 19th Annual Eid celebrations were held at the Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, as Room 200 in West Block is under renovations.  The City of Ottawa was the Award Recipient.  A beautiful engraved plaque was presented to the City of Ottawa.  Deputy Mayor Eli El-Chantiry received the plaque on behalf of  Mayor Jim Watson who was visiting China.                                      For story and photos, please click here.

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The 20th Annual Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated on October 7, 2014 in Library and Archives Banquet Hall.  Mr. Goldy Hyder, CEO and President of Hill + Knowlton was the Keynote speaker and Award Recipient. 

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The celebrations were held in the new Room 200 in the Sir John Mcdonald Building on Wellington Street.  The Keynote Speaker was His Excellency Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India,Nepal/ and  Kingdom of Bhutan. Retired Chief Armand La Barge was the Master of Ceremonies.

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