IDRF Gala 2019

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About IDRF Gala 2019

This year, our Gala is about celebrating our community and embracing the values that connect us. During this signature fundraising event of the year, our keynote speaker, Reza Aslan, a distinguished religious scholar and TV personality, will share his view of what community means in today’s bitterly fractured and divided world.

Come out on 6 pm on November 15th at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario where we will celebrate our 35th anniversary and legacy of people helping people in 42 countries. Join us to honour people who make invaluable contributions to their community and abroad every day.

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Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. Reza Aslan’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and a PhD in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Currently, Aslan is a tenured Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and in addition to his acclaimed career in academia, Reza has had a distinguished career in the entertainment industry, working as a Consulting Producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers. Reza’s latest book, God: A Human History was released in paperback in April 2019. We are honoured to feature Mr. Aslan as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s Gala and look forward to hearing his insights regarding the intersection of religion, politics and contemporary life

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Leena Latafat

Leena Latafat is a Reporter and Anchor at CP24, Toronto’s Breaking News. Throughout her career, she has covered a variety of stories, from the 2018 Danforth mass shooting, to federal elections and even an in-depth discussion with former prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. She’s also reported on the Rohingya crisis that has forced thousands of Muslims to flee Myanmar.

Leena is passionate about storytelling, forever curious about the world, and constantly searching for fresh perspectives. She’s also passionate about diversity and representation in media.

Over the years, she has developed an impressive skillset in front of and behind the camera, specializing in Breaking News. We are pleased to include Leena as our Emcee, injecting her wit and charisma into our special night of honouring humanitarians for their efforts at home and abroad.

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