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Community volunteers and leaders recognized

At a special reception recently, with their family and friends in attendance, Ajax-Pickering MP Chris Alexander presented 23 distinguished local community volunteers and leaders with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“All of the recipients have made major contributions to Ajax-Pickering and to Canada and their service to their communities cannot be overstated,” he said.

“It is an honour for me to present this prestigious award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, to such worthy recipients who have had a tremendous impact on our community.”

The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created in honour of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The medal recognizes Canadians from all walks of life who have made significant contributions to Canada or whose achievements abroad have brought credit to Canada. The Diamond Jubilee medal recipients come from diverse fields and stand out amongst their peers for the commendable service they have provided.

“These recipients represent the broad spectrum of skills, talent and commitment to service we are blessed to have in Ajax-Pickering,” said Alexander. “Combined, they exemplify dedication to community service, preservation of our heritage, culture and the arts, military service, sports, and education.” Recipients include:

Mohamed Karatella An entrepreneur and community volunteer who has been a member of the Ajax Diversity and Community Engagement Advisory Committee, contributing to its latest Engagement Plan.

Rabindranath Maharaj An award-wining writer and teacher based in Ajax. He co-founded the Lichen Literary Journal in 1999. His novel The Amazing Absorbing Boy won the Trillium Book Award in 2010 and the Toronto Book Award in 2011.

Cecil Ramnuth A director of Devi Mandir, the leading Hindu temple in Durham Region. He has been an active volunteer and community leader, promoting diversity and other causes.

Tamim Sediqui A teacher at Pine Ridge Secondary School. He has been a leader in anti-bullying, mentoring, and community outreach initiatives. He is also a founder of the Canadian-Afghan Council.

Sigogini Sivarajah received the Ajax Civic Award (Youth) in 2011 and the Pickering Youth leadership Award in 2012. She has been a prolific activist – mentoring students, founding Be a Teen Champion and volunteering for countless groups.

Posted: Mar 3, 2013

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