Opening of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby
Mawlana Hazar Imam applauds Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, following his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. Photo: Zahur Ramji Mawlana Hazar Imam applauds Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, following his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. Zahur Ramji

The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby was opened on 23 August 1985 by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and British Columbia Premier Bill Bennett. They were joined by federal and provincial government ministers, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.

The building, which combines traditional elements of Islamic design with contemporary architecture, was designed by Vancouver architect Bruno Freschi. It was the first such centre to be built in North America.

Press release and speech

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