TORONTO: In recognition of extraordinary achievements and tremendous services rendered, selected distinguished personalities were honoured and presented with special awards here at an impressive event.

             The Church of Scientology organized `The L. Ron Hubbard Humanitarian Awards Gala 2010’ on May 21, 2010, at Woodbine Park Inn, 30 Vice Regent Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario. The ticket was $50 or $500 for a table. The hall was full with dignitaries and renowned community leaders.

             Sidra Hashmi, a young and beautiful Canadian girl of Pakistani community, surprised and impressed the entire audience, brought smile and glows on their faces, won hearts, praises and standing ovation from all the guests when she donated $500 to the hosts. 

 The spirit and importance of this donation is that Sidra Hashmi had saved this amount for celebration of her 13Th Birthday with the family somewhere else. Impressed by the achievements and contributions of the hosts and Church of Scientology, she took the decision of donation.  

Her whole family was present there with her on a reserved table. She is the youngest daughter of Dr Shahid Hashmi, Chairman, Canpak Chamber of Commerce, and Seema Hashmi. This made the family, community, people and Canada really proud. 

            It was a selected gathering comprising greeting speeches, awards ceremony, musical performances, special video on L. Ron Hubbard and dinner. The Opening Prayer was made by Father Terry Gallagher, Scarboro Foreign Missions.

             Two Life Time Achievement Awards were presented:

             One to York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge for his dedication to the diverse community he serves and for embodying the motto of his police force “Deeds Speak”.

             The other (posthumous) to Kamil Sadiq, Founder of the Canadian Federation of Intercultural Friendship, for his service in building bridges of cultural friendships, reaching across many diverse communities.

             The other award recipients were:

              Dr Ken Hiu-Ming Ng, President of the Federation of Chinese Canadians of Markham, and Emily Ng. They received the award for always going above and beyond in their work with diverse communities, building bridges of understanding.

               Zul Kassamali, Vice President of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada and President of the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, for his involvement in numerous councils and committees to improve society and his unending dedication to making his community a better place. 

            Mrs Melanie Dickson-Smith, Director of the Church of Scientology’s Drug Free Marshals and Civilian Co-Chair, 52 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, for her more than 10 years of service to make her community and city drug free.

             Yasmin Ratansi, MP, also presented certificates to some of the dignitaries.

  The musical performances were by:

              Angelica---a truly gifted pop & classical singer, songwriter and author. Her every single performance is truly a statement of power and confidence. Angelica has just released her first original CD and Book `Remember Who You Are—The Story Behind The Song”.

             The other performers were: Jeremiah Sparks, singer, pianist and actor, 17-year old Annamaria Sparks, dancer, model, actress and loving wife of Feremiah Sparks, Brenda Webb, singer/artist, and Darren Shearer, who wears many hats in life, one as a professional musician for the cutting edge, Juno nominated live electronic group, “The New Deal”.

             Special performance “The Story of the Blues” was made by Jeremiah Sparks, Brenda Webb and Darren Shearer.

            The Special Video on L. Ron Hubbard highlighted his great achievements, tremendous contributions and powerful messages. Rich tributes were also paid to him. No more fitting statement typifies L. Ron Hubbard than his own simple declaration:

             “I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days”. 

             “Ideas and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind”.

               A very informative souvenir was also presented to the guests. It consisted of messages of Reverend Yvette Shank, National President, Church of Scientology, Canada, Derek Lee, MP, Scarborough-Rouge River, Yasmin Ratansi, MP, Don Valley East, Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, Jack Heath, Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor, Town of Markham, Pat Mullin, Councillor, Ward 2, Mississauga, Mario F. Ferri, Regional Councillor, City of Vaughan and Sandra Yeung Racco, Councillor, Thornhill/Concord, City of Vaughan.    

            Also acknowledged were previous awardees, previous youth achievement award recipients and previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients including posthumous.

             ---Javed Zaheer, Free Expression Award Winner, Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner, Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Members of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan, is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)696-0981/ javedz@hotmail.com. To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit the following websites: www.nepmcc.ca and www.nationalethnicpress.com (Home Pages & Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004 to 2010), www.pakistanabroad.ca (Issues) and www.caribbeanbusinessmagazine.ca