Since 1974, Naz Rayani has been a tireless champion of community advocacy, cross-cultural understanding and inspirational philanthropy in Greater Victoria, both as a successful local businessman and distinguished community leader.
Naz Rayani will accept the Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Il Terrazzo Ristorante) at the eighth annual Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs) ceremony. The gala reception takes place on February 21, 2012 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and provides the occasion to honour all 29 nominees of the 2012 Victoria Leadership Awards in six prestigious categories. Led by Leadership Victoria, the annual awards are a partnership between Leadership Victoria, the University of Victoria, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Foundation and, new this year, the United Way of Greater Victoria.
“I am deeply humbled,” says Rayani. “I have always derived solace, peace and contentment from my faith. It has sustained my efforts as a businessman, fundraiser, and father, and it guides my philanthropic and charitable endeavours in our community. Thank you Leadership Victoria for this great honour and for all the wonderful work that you do.”
By Darron Kloster, Times Colonist – Naz Rayani, the gentle pharmacist and devout Ismaili Muslim who’s spent decades fostering understanding between races and creeds, is a superb choice for Leadership Victoria’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Rayani has been a tireless advocate in the community and across Canada since 1974 and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006. He will be honoured at a gala reception on Feb. 21 – www.timescolonist.com