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9TH ANNUAL EID-UL-ADHA - FEBRUARY 11, 2004  

The Late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau was honoured 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."

 

Mr. Justin Trudeau, the eldest son of the late Prime Minister, accepted the Eid-ul-Adha 2004 Award on behalf of his father.  Mr. Stephen J. Toope, President of the Trudeau Foundation was the Keynote Speaker.  Hon. Senator Marcel Prud’homme, as well as RBC Financial Group, represented by Mr. Charles Coffey, Executive V.P., Government and Community Affairs, were recognized for their contributions to Canada and presented with plaques and gifts.   

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TENTH ANNUAL EID-UL-ADHA  - FEBRUARY 2, 2005.

Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, witnessed the presentation of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada’s 2005 Eid-ul-Adha Award to the Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Hon. Dan Hays, Speaker of the Senate.

 

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.”  

 

Mrs. Norah Bent Hamad Ben Abdul Aziz Al-Jameeh, a founding member of the National Committee of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, was the Keynote Speaker.   

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11TH ANNUAL EID-UL-FITR - NOVEMBER 17, 2005

Dr. Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus, Toronto Star, was the Keynote Speaker and the Award Recipient.  He was honoured 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”.

 

The Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada also paid tribute to the Veterans as this year was dedicated to them for their sacrifices and courage during the 2nd World War.

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12TH ANNUAL EID-UL-FITR - NOVEMBER 22, 2006

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.

Dr. Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus, Toronto Star, was the Keynote Speaker.  He also signed copies of his book titled  "Being Muslim".

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13TH ANNUAL EID-UL-FITR - NOVEMBER 22, 2007

This year, 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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14TH ANNUAL EID-UL-FITR - 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 on behalf of RBC.

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