Alykhan Bhanji – Age: 28 – Community, Social Activist and Volunteer.
Alykhan (Al) Karim Bhanji strives for equality with grace and style. He is a man beyond himself, so humble and unbelievably kind.
Through his many accomplishments and attributes, he can be widely regarded as a global champion for people with disAbilities. He serves numerous institutions that enhance the spirit of inclusion in Regina: Best Buddies (University of Regina), NCBC Book Club facilitator (Inclusion Regina) and co-facilitator Literacy Is Fun (George Bothwell Library). His selfless actions have earned him a spot on the board of directors for two organizations that actively support the hopes and dreams of people with disAbilities: Astonished Inc., and Chip and Dale Homes Inc.
Al is also an astute student, and was awarded the Dr. Jack Boan Medal in Economics and the Dr. Gary Tompkins Award for Distinguished Public Service and Academic Excellence at the University of Regina.
He owns and operates an agricultural company, West Star Agricultural Ltd., all the while being a full-time economics graduate student.
He is a man who wears many hats and has never shied away from generously giving back to the community and taking great care of his fellow man. He faces adversity bravely and spreads love and kindness through his words and through his actions. Recently, he led a classroom rehabilitation and renovation project for a school that has a dedicated unit for individuals living with complex physical disabilities in his native Nairobi, Kenya.
Al deserves to be recognized for his impenetrable moral code and never-ending love.