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“Education is the key to a good life,” says Zarar Rana, a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of the Canadian Pakistan Foundation of Friendship. “It broadens how we are able to experience the world, gives families upward mobility and promotes equality.”
To give more young people a chance at the life changing opportunities offered by post-secondary education, the Foundation created the Canadian Pakistan Foundation of Friendship Award for First Generation Students at Ryerson University. Each year for the next five years, 10 students will be selected based on their application to receive the award.
The objective of the Foundation is to promote local civic engagement among people of Pakistani origin living in Canada. Education and health are the two key points of focus. It also supports emergency and disaster relief efforts.
“We have one country where we were born, and the other where we live and have built our lives,” says Rana. “It is important to actively participate in the communities in which we live, to promote good will between our two countries and promote the positive contributions of Canadians of Pakistani origin in our society.”
A ceremony was held in Toronto to celebrate the new award and the $50,000 donation that launched it. Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was present, as well as High Commissioner of Pakistan, Tariq Azim Khan who made brief remarks.
The first Canadian Pakistan Foundation of Friendship Award will be given to a first-generation student in 2018.
If you would like to contribute to the Canadian Pakistan Foundation of Friendship Award for First Generation Students, please visit the online giving page for the award.