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CELEBRATING THE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF CANADIANS

On Friday October 21, 2016, we held our Annual Gala at Le Parc Dining & Banquet. This year’s Annual Gala was particularly special as it launched of IDRF’s celebrations for Canada’s 150th Anniversary. We brought in people from diverse backgrounds, including indigenous friends, to celebrate together and to honor Canadians who made and are making positive contributions to the local community and abroad.

The IDRF Annual Gala is a great platform to come together as a community of academics, professionals, philanthropists, and other well-wishers who care deeply about our work and are dedicated to alleviating human suffering. Together we will celebrate the values that Canada represents: diversity, human dignity and a commitment to improving the world through philanthropic work.

IN ATTENDENCE

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MARK STRONG

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Mark Strong has been in the radio and entertainment business for nearly twenty years, becoming the lead air personality and producer of the Morning Rush on Flow 93.5, working on Deal or No Deal with Howie Mandel and Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader with Collin Mochrie. Currently, Mark applies his broadcasting skills as on air talent for G987 FM radio. We are excited for Mark to bring his trademark wit and enthusiasm to our 2016 Annual Gala where we will be celebrating the great work of humanitarians at home and abroad.

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SUSAN AGLUKARK

GUEST SPEAKER

Dr. Susan Aglukark. O.C. is a powerful and beautiful Canadian Inuk singer /songwriter, who  has been referred to as ‘one of Canada’s most significant cultural treasures’. She is the recipient of three Juno awards, the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award and the Order of Canada.  She will provide valuable insights into the culture, music, as well as the challenges and hopes, of our Northern communities. We are privileged to have Ms. Aglukark make this special presentation at our IDRF Gala event.

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DR CASSIM DEGANI, MD

GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN

Dr. Cassim Degani is an unsung humanitarian hero who, for over twenty years, has given his time, talent and energy to help vulnerable people around the world. A physician and surgeon by profession, he takes a few weeks out of his busy career, every year, to treat injured and sick people in diverse regions of the world affected by wars, natural disasters, and poverty, including Bosnia, Kosovo, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and India. We are honored to celebrate him.

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MADAM JUSTICE FEROZA BHABHA

EXEMPLARY PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

As the first female Muslim judge appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice, Feroza Bhabha is a trailblazer for Muslim and visible minority women who have made significant achievements in traditionally male dominated career paths. In addition to her outstanding professional accomplishments, Justice Bhabha has supported the Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific, served as the divisional coordinator for Federated Health and volunteered as a board member and legal adviser for the Friends of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. She has donated her time in the services of community-based literacy programmes, reading newspaper and journal articles that were broadcast on radio for the visually impaired. Justice Bhabha also volunteers with the Ontario Justice Education Network where she speaks with students about the criminal justice system. She takes time to preside over mock trials at high schools and volunteers as a judge on various moot competitions where law students develop and hone their advocacy skills. We are pleased to celebrate Justice Feroza Bhabha with the Exemplary Professional Achievements Award for her great work in the community.

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MOHAMAD FAKIH

LEADER IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Mohamad Fakih is a successful entrepreneur, who after emigrating to Canada from Lebanon in 2000, transformed Paramount Fine Foods into a vibrant, middle eastern restaurant chain with 1000 employees and 35 restaurants across North America.

In addition to his success as a business person, Fakih has also taken on the task of responding to the urgent need to house and employ Syrian refugees, aiming to hire 100 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Paramount Fine Foods has already hired 73 refugees for his restaurants and is in the process of helping more refugees find work by partnering with Magnet and Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC).

We admire Paramount Fine Foods’ dedication to giving back to the community and as such, we are happy to present Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, with our Corporate Social Responsibility Award on October 21st.

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MOHAMMED HASHIM

COMMUNITY LEADER

Mohammed Hashim is an accomplished young man who has been involved with several not for profit and labour organizations over his career, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), United Way of Peel Region and the United Way of Toronto and York Region. Mohammed is currently the Senior Political Organizer for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council where he leads the development and implementation of the Toronto Labour movement’s political strategy. In light of his achievements, we are pleased to honour him.


Presenting Sponsor

RBC

Gold Sponsor

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