Posted by Dave Hancock on March 14, 2009
Anil Mawani has been a friend for 20 years since our children were at daycare together under the watchful care of Assifa, his wife and also a friend. Anil and Assifa are active members of the Ismaili Muslim community. I have made many friends in that community and have had the opportunity to attend many events, celebrations and even funerals. Every year I consider the World Partnership Walk held on the last Sunday in May, to be a priority on my calendar — I’ve only missed a very few in the twelve years I’ve been in office.
This community and the people who form it know the meaning of citizenship and community. The social justice structure is second to none. Members volunteer their time in all aspects of both church and community function willingly and with an extensive time commitment and always (at least when I see them) with a large smile and true sense of dedication. There are many examples of both personal and community contribution — one simple one being the community breakfast at the Legislature and sponsoring the annual July 1st Citizenship Court at the Legislature (another event I rarely miss).