The Muslim community in Brantford is proud to announce that their religious leader, Imam Abu Noman Tarek, was honored this week with the Grand Erie District School Board's Learn, Lead and Inspire award.
This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their school communities and align with the board's mission to create a culture of learning, well-being, and belonging.
Imam Tarek was the first community member to receive this award, which has been presented since 2015-16, and he continues to make a positive impact in the Grand Erie community through his tireless efforts. Education Director JoAnna Roberto praised Tarek for being a great friend, partner, ally, and someone who is looked up to by many.
Roberto shared a touching moment from 2017 when the Imam reached out to the board following the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Tarek, concerned about the safety and well-being of local Muslim students and their families, provided valuable guidance to the board and helped unite the community to take a stand against Islamophobia.
Tarek continues to work with board officials through programs such as the Muslim-Indigenous Connections and the sponsorship of inclusion awards at Grand Erie schools. Roberto stated that Tarek has worked tirelessly to make the community better for everyone and that his efforts will never be forgotten.
Tarek expressed his gratitude and said he is truly honored to receive the award and is proud to represent the Muslim community.
Last November, he received a YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford peace award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that promote tolerance, social justice, and community cohesion.
The Muslim community is proud of Imam Tarek's achievements and continues to support him in his efforts to make the world a better place.