The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition won the award for Community Leadership at Black History Ottawa's Community Builder Awards Ceremony, held during the launch of Black History Month on January 28, 2017.
Challenged by Professor Harry Mackay to develop a project to raise awareness about mental health amongst their peers, Shukri Ahmed, Mohamed El Koussy, Fatimah Mirza, Faisa Omer, and Ikram Hussain developed an award-winning project as part of their Introduction to Mental Health and Disease course at Carleton University.
On March 29th, Mohammed Sindeed Islam won the Ottawa-Carleton & Valley Regional Intermediate Spelling Bee. He will soon be off to compete again at the Ontario Championship on May 11th in Toronto.
Mohammad, 13, is a Grade 8 student at Abraar School. He began competing in Spelling Bees in Grade 2 with the support of his mother. He feels that it was good that he started so young as it helped him gain confidence in public speaking at an early age. In Grade 3, he won second place at the primary level and in Grade 6 he won first place at the Junior level and went on to compete at the Provincial Championship.
On November 4th, Mohamed Islam, 31, was awarded with Crime Prevention Ottawa's 2013 Youth Worker Award in a ceremony at City Hall. Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) is an organization which aims to reduce crime and enhance community safety through collaborative evidence-based crime prevention strategies. Mohamed Islam is a Youth Worker with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and is the coordinator of the Somali Youth Support Project, a program run out of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre.
You may not know her name but you have probably seen her.
In 2011, Rasha Al-Katta's smiling face was visible across the city as part of the United Way's campaign to raise awareness about the organization. Volunteers like Ms. Al-Katta were asked to pose for the posters instead of models.
“I thought it would be fun. I didn't even know that it would be splattered everywhere. I thought it would just be in the newspaper but then people started texting me ”˜Rasha we saw your poster in Rideau or at Place D'Orleans!'. It was pretty exciting,” Ms. Al-Katta shared.
Ottawa's own Fahd Alhattab has been named one of Canada's Top 20 under 20.
Each year, Youth in Motion, a national charitable organization that develops dynamic youth career programming, recognizes the achievements of 20 young Canadians who have created innovative projects in the fields of science, business, culture, and community services.
Founder and former longtime president of the Ottawa Muslim Women's Organization, Nazira Tareen, is among 15 residents who will be inducted into the new Order of Ottawa during a formal ceremony at City Hall on Nov. 22.