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Ismaili Centre Burnaby

Burnaby — The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, presided over an inspiring ceremony at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby where 47 young adults were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Achievement Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global program designed to challenge, encourage, and recognize young people between the ages of 14-24 for their leadership in community service, skill development, and outdoor recreation.

Sushil Saini, executive director for the award’s BC and Yukon office, opened the ceremony. In her opening remarks, she thanked the Ismaili community for their longstanding commitment to the program. Samir Manji, president of the Ismaili Council for BC, congratulated all recipients on their outstanding achievements. The Honourable Judith Guichon acknowledged the support given by parents to their children through this journey and commended the award recipients for their perseverance in their achievements

Following the ceremony, Guichon met with recipients and their families before posing for a ceremonial photo. Over 175 people attended the event including local community leaders, family members, and award recipients.