Five individuals have been recognized as recipients of the City of Kitchener’s 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award for fostering community connections to build a better Kitchener for everyone.
“Reviewing the nominations showed me how much passion our residents have about ensuring community support is there for everyone,” says Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The compassion and commitment these five leaders have shown is inspirational and critical to the success of each program, committee and organization they are involved in.”
Basheer Habib serves numerous organizations including: Canadian International Council, World Partnership Walk, Aga Khan Council for Ontario, Aga Khan District Administrative Committee, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement and Waterloo Region Walks. Specifically, Basheer has been instrumental in making the World Partnership Walk a fixture in the Waterloo Region. He was one of the original founders of the walk and has served as a chair for many years. As chair, Basheer built relationships with local corporations, academic institutions and all levels of government, educating them about the importance of supporting international development. Through Basheer’s philanthropic work, many local residents have been inspired to be active members of the community, turning their thoughts and learnings into meaningful action.