We would like to express our gratitude to all who attended our IDRF Gala last night and for all who contributed to its success, including our amazing sponsors, donors, and supporters.
A big thank you to our charismatic Keynote Speaker, Payam Akhavan for delivering a stirring speech about the dire situation of human rights in the world today and the contributions that everyone must make to ensure that these crimes do not occur again.
Our great lineup of speakers and awardees also included:
Zaib Shaikh: Master of Ceremonies (Star of “Little Mosque on the Prairie”)
Jim Estill: IDRF Awardee for Corporate Social Responsibility
Jamil Jivani: IDRF Awardee for Youth Leadership
Farah Nasser: IDRF Awardee for Woman of Distinction
Adeena Niazi: IDRF Awardee for Humanitarian of the Year
A surprise highlight of the evening was an anonymous donor offering to match donations for Rohingya Relief, up to $50,000. Our generous audience rose enthusiastically to the occasion, well exceeding the goal within moments.
Together, over an elegant evening of engaging speeches, entertaining music, and sumptuous food, we were pleased to celebrate outstanding Canadians who are making positive contributions to the local community and abroad.