The Peel District School Board was honoured at the 2017 Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) with the Friends of the Community Award Oct. 14 at Roy Thomson Hall. They were recognized for promoting “engagement between the Muslim community and broader Canadian society” in an effort to thwart Islamophobia.

In order to be eligible for this award, nominees must identify as non-Muslim and assist in the positive promotion of Muslims in Canada. Winners were selected in a process that involved a seven person selection committee and followed by a public vote.

A statement on the MAX website read, “With 253 schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is committed to inspiring success, confidence and hope in each student. Guided by our mission, vision and values, the Peel board is focused on collectively making a positive difference in the lives of our staff, students, families and communities.”

Also in attendance at the event were Iqra Khalid, MP Mississauga-Erin Mills, Omar Alghabra – MP Mississauga Centre, and Mississauga Mayor -Bonnie Crombie.

For information, visit: www.maxgala.com

(Image: Peter Joshua, Carla Pereira, Janet Mcdougald, and Suzanne Nurse of the Peel District School Board accepting the Friends of the Community Award Oct.14 at the Muslim Awards for Excellence)