Award recipients at the 7th Annual Canada Day Celebrations were:
The York Regional Police was recognized for “the difference the police force is making, under the leadership of Chief Armand P. La Barge, with its innovative and forward looking policies for keeping neighborhoods, streets and schools safe in York Region”. Many officers from the York Regional Police surprised Chief Armand La Barge by attending the event.
Professor Ibrahim Dincer was recognized for “his research in fuel cell technology to power vehicles in an effort to find an alternative to gasoline in order to cut down on pollution and greenhouse gas emissions for a cleaner environment and clean air”.
Miss Dilzayn Panjwani, a grade 12 exceptional student at Branksome Hall and one of the 30 winners of the “National Award Scholars2005” by the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, was recognized for her “exceptional achievements in studies while pursuing several extra-curricular activities, and for giving the community the gift of her time as a volunteer, in Canada and abroad”.
Durham Regional Police Service was recognized for “the excellent community service the police force is providing with the ongoing partnerships with various diverse communities in the region, and for its commitment to keeping Durham Region a safe place to work and live”. Deputy Chiefs Rod Piukkala and Chuck Mercier received the award on behalf of the police force.
Mr. Ahmed Hussen was recognized for his “leadership and outstanding contributions in reviving and rejuvenating the Regent Park neighborhood, and his ability to build bridges between people”.
Jessica LeCroy, Consul General for the United States, said that this was her first Canada Day celebration since her posting here. She was delighted when the Association wished her and her colleague, Nicholas Giacobbe, a very happy 4th of July and presented her with a magnificent flower arrangement.