April 15, 2024

“Contributing positively to society provides me a deep sense of success and satisfaction,” mentioned Citizen of the 12 months recipient Mohammed Ali Al-Zabidi.

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Whereas rising up within the Center East, Mohammed Ali Al-Zabidi joined his father as he gave meals to the much less lucky each week. These acts of charity created a love for volunteering and serving to others which continued into his grownup life.

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Earlier this month, that charitable spirit was honoured by Mayor Sandy Bowman and the remainder of RMWB council as Al-Zabidi was named the RMWB’s Citizen of the 12 months.

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“Volunteering helps strengthen communities and fosters a way of connection amongst people who share widespread targets and values, making a supportive community that may make communities extra resilient and vibrant,” mentioned Al-Zabidi. “For youth and younger adults specifically, volunteering will assist them be taught new abilities, achieve precious expertise and achieve private growth which can improve their shallowness and self-confidence.”

Al-Zabidi is an engineer and has referred to as Fort McMurray dwelling since 2008. The award celebrated Al-Zabidi’s help for a lot of organizations together with the Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution, the Middle of Hope, the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre and Markaz-Ul-Islam.

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As a frontrunner with the Markaz-Ul-Islam congregation, Al-Zabidi has held free barbecues through the Canada Day Parade, organized reduction for evacuees of wildfires and floods, and inspired folks to volunteer and help non-profits. The award additionally acknowledged his management with the Abrams Land Improvement, which turned the world into an inclusive growth for religion teams.

“Lending arms to others in want is a part of my Islamic religion as we discovered from our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him. He mentioned ‘the folks most beloved to Allah are those that are most useful to the folks,” mentioned Al-Zabidi. “Contributing positively to society provides me a deep sense of success and satisfaction.”

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Mohammed Ali Al-Zabidi
Mohammed Ali Al-Zabidi. Equipped picture

A number of group volunteers acknowledged

The awards additionally acknowledged 4 different residents. Jeffrey Batchelor was given the On a regular basis Hero Award for his philanthropy and group spirit. He has raised greater than $70,000 for golf equipment, groups and fundraisers within the area. He’s the longest standing member of Huge Brothers Huge Sisters of Wooden Buffalo.

Sheena Bradley was given the Indigenous Advocate Award. Bradley is revered for her work with Indigenous land stewardship and conventional harvesting practices. She has additionally labored with a number of totally different native and provincial teams, and was described as a passionate champion for Indigenous folks.

The 2 youth awards went to younger Indigenous sports activities advocates. Parker and Cruze Flett are the founders of the Wahkohtowin Sports activities Circle, previously often known as Fort Mac Hockey Brothers Affiliation. The Flett brothers fundraise for sports activities tools for younger folks in Anzac, Conklin, Janvier, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay.

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Fort McKay archer Tayden Shott was additionally honoured with a youth award. Shott has competed in a number of provincial and nationwide archery tournaments, and is elevating archery’s profile within the area. Final 12 months he went to Fort Chipewyan to introduce the game to the group’s younger folks.

He’s making ready to compete in subsequent month’s Arctic Winter Video games in Alaska. This summer season, Shott hopes to open a small archery vary in Fort McKay. As a registered junior trapper, Shott mentors native youth by educating them methods to respect the land.

“We’d like extra folks to go to shoots and get acknowledged,” mentioned Shott in an interview. “Bringing totally different sorts of sports activities into Indigenous communities is essential. Nothing towards hockey, I used to play hockey, however hockey is dear. Archery is a extremely thrilling sport.”

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