The Muslim Seniors Circle of Halton/Peel (MSC) held its 5th Annual Community – Dinner Honouring our Elders – on September 13th, 2014 at the ISNA Islamic Centre of Canada. The event was sold out with 500 guests enjoying a delectable dinner after a captivating spoken word performance by Amal Ahmed Albaz, in English, poetry in Urdu rendered by Shabbir Bhaga, as well as a riveting historical overview of Muslims in North America by Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, PhD.
Performing one of her last public appearances as Mayor, after serving for 36 years in Mississauga, Mayor Hazel McCallion dropped by to say farewell to the Muslim community at the dinner. It was the highlight of the evening for many of the guests to see their renowned 93 year old mayor make the effort to be with us.
The dinner also provided an opportunity for MSC to announce the forthcoming launch of a new project completed in partnership with The Tessellate Institute called, Serving Others – Memoirs of Muslim Seniors. With funding from the Government of Canada, a documentary has been produced recording the volunteer experiences of some Muslim seniors. The documentary will be screened at locations in the GTA followed by a panel discussion with the protagonists featured in it. The objective of this project is to inspire seniors and youth to get more engaged in volunteer work.