AWARD RECIPIENTS AT PARLIAMENT HILL, OTTAWA

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” .

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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”.

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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