Each recipient was born outside of Canada and now lives in Alberta where they have made a difference in their schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods or volunteer organizations. We thank them for their outstanding contributions to this province.
Drishti contributes to the youth organization at Tehillah Youth Ministry School, developing youth leadership skills. She volunteers her time to assist new immigrants when they arrive, including helping with groceries, transportation and anything else they need. She is sensitive to people’s interpersonal needs, and seeks to build bridges and connections. Many students find safety and a sense of belonging under her leadership.
Fawaz has contributed to meaningful change in the Muslim student community through the establishment of the Muslim Student Advisory Committee and as the president of the Muslim Students' Affiliation of Mount Royal University. Through the Youth Leadership Academy of Canada, he nurtured communication and leadership skills and developed an empowered confidence and personal growth. He developed a 4-week youth leadership program, which encourages youth to think deeply about the ideas of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Fawaz also advocates for diversity by spreading awareness of the underrepresented population of men in nursing as the President of the Mount Royal University Men in Nursing club.