The national award recognizes Canadian leaders whose contribution to humanitarian causes, tolerance and inclusion in Canadian society has been outstanding. The Words & Deeds Leadership Award is presented to those who show – through their words and deeds – that the work of few can benefit an entire community. Previous recipients include Gordon M. Nixon, CEO of RBC Financial Group; the late Ted Rogers, the extended Richardson family of Winnipeg working through the Richardson Family Foundation, and Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications.
“This award exemplifies the Jewish community’s longstanding relationship and shared values with the Indo-Canadian community,” said CIJA Co-Chair Brent Belzberg. ‘Mr. Marwah is an outstanding example of how one individual can make a positive difference in the entire Canadian community’.
‘Mr. Marwah’s contribution to the rich fabric of our city is a source of pride for both the Jewish and Indo-Canadian communities. Our communities stand side by side in our commitment to helping our city’s most vulnerable, supporting democracy, and fighting against terrorism,” said UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Chair David Koschitzky.
Mr. Marwah’s extensive community efforts include his leadership role with The United Way Toronto, and his fundraising efforts on behalf of those with physical disabilities and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is the past Chair of Humber River Regional Hospital, currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and has served on the Board of Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. He is a founding member of the Sikh Foundation of Canada, a community organization dedicated to promoting Sikh arts and culture. He has been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Sewa Award for professional achievement and community service, by the Centennial Foundation. He was awarded “Professional of the Year” by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and was recently honoured by the Ontario Sikh & Gurdwara Council.
Dinner Co-Chairs are Surjit Babra, Brent Belzberg, Tom O’Neill and Rick Waugh.
They are joined by Honourary Co-Chairs Hari Panday, Gerald Schwartz, and Lawrence Tanenbaum.
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