– honoured and delighted to be a part of this historical journey
Toronto, Canada – Guyanese born Winston Kassim CM, Vice-Chair of International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) has been chosen to bear the Olympic torch which will pass through Canada this week.
A release from the IDRF stated, they are delighted that Winston was chosen to bear the Olympic torch. He was bestowed this honour because of his ongoing commitment to the community.
“Winston will carry the Olympic flame as one part of this remarkable journey that covers over one thousand communities across Canada. “I am honoured to be selected for this once in a lifetime experience. In the spirit of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, I pledge to create a better Canada by using IDRF’s experience and capabilities in international development to outreach to more Canadian communities,” says Winston.
Dr. Degani, Chair of IDRF Board, states “Winston has a great ability to influence diverse segments of the community to help IDRF’s mission in reducing poverty and increasing quality of life. We are all very proud of his achievements.”
On July 1, 2009, IDRF heard the news that Winston was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. This really was a deserving honour and we were very happy for Winston. The first Guyanese-born Canadian to receive this recognition, the appointment cites Winston’s role in “…his contributions as a community volunteer who played an key role in establishing several community and religious centres that provide outreach services to refugees and immigrants.”
On December 17, 2009 (tomorrow) at 2:18pm, as he runs his leg of this journey with the Olympic Torch, IDRF looks forward to cheering Winston Kassim CM on. He will be running from Tolmon Street to just south of Byng Ave on Yonge Street.
IDRF is a registered Canadian humanitarian organization that implements relief aid and development projects overseas in accordance with the Islamic principles of human dignity, self-reliance and social justice. The mandate of IDRF is helping vulnerable communities improve their living conditions and enhance self-sufficiency.
Since its inception in 1985, IDRF has sponsored development and relief programmes in 24 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. IDRF is supported in its work by the Canadian International Development Agency) and by the generosity of Canadians from a variety of backgrounds. (www.idrf.ca)
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