Many churches, the Jewish synagogue, the University of Guelph, Hope House, the Guelph Police Services, The Farley Group, Danby (Jim Estill), Steve Dyck, Sara Syyed, Liz Sandals, Council of Canadians, both school boards, General Hospital volunteers and more were honoured. (My apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone).
The City of Guelph was also honoured with “The Friendship” award. As many may already know, this past year council passed unanimously a one year pass for transit and entrance to our museums along with other city facilities for any refugees arriving. Many, but not all, are arriving from Syria.
Many of our council and city staff have stepped up to help and volunteer during this time as well. I know of city staff who are personally sponsoring refugee families too! I accepted the award on behalf of the city. My remarks are here in this short video:
The event also allowed the room to learn more about Islam, prayers and the five pillars of their faith.
Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who made last night possible. Our city is already a better place due to the Muslim Society being here, but I thank you for your steadfast desire to continue to build bridges and make Guelph a better place for all!