OTTAWA – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to 14 volunteers at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 10:30 a.m.
Created in 1996 by the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, the award is presented to individuals and groups whose unpaid, voluntary contributions provide extraordinary help or care to people in the community. Recipients have served over a number of years and normally have not been recognized previously by a national or provincial honour.
The names and citations of the recipients follow.
The award consists of a framed certificate and a lapel pin for everyday wear. The award symbol represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others.
Additional information about this award can be found at www.gg.ca/honours/awards/cca/index_e.asp.
Taleeb Farouk Noormohamed, Vancouver, British Columbia
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
A hard-working and natural leader, Taleeb Noormohamed has demonstrated concern for young people everywhere he goes. He redesigned a mentorship program for Covenant House in Vancouver, which provides help to homeless runaways and at-risk youth, planning every step in its development and operation. He has served the Leukemia Research Fund of Canada as a member of its board of directors, sharing his communications and marketing skills to better establish and promote this charity. He has also played a vital role in the development of the Racing Towards a Cure initiative, a public awareness program for leukemia research, and he continues to devote himself to finding new and exciting ways of improving the world.