Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Chief Programs Officer, Plan International Canada, has received ‘PACE-RMM Women Achievers Award’ under the ‘woman of distinction’ category for her contributions and commitment to the public and the nonprofit sector.
Renowned poet Asad Chowdhury handed over the award to the recipient Dr. Mirza on Saturday (May 12) at a special ceremony held at Albert Campbell Library auditorium in Toronto, Canada, said a press release on Monday.
In his address, Asad Chowdhury emphasized the need for women empowerment across the globe. He said, “Canadian multicultural society teaches us tolerance, respect and how to appreciate each other without any prejudice.”
PACE –RMM team including guests poses for a group photo with the 2018 recipient for the ‘PACE-RMM Women Achievers Award’.
PACE, a Toronto based non-profit organization, and Radio Metro Mail, an infotainment channel broadcast from Toronto, introduced the award last year to honor the achievements of the most inspiring Bangladeshi Canadian women.
Dr. Mirza leads the International Program Department with 150 international development professionals who design, implement and provide technical support in improving programme quality and effectiveness around the world. She is a medical doctor with Masters in Community Health and PhD in Demography. During her twenty-five years of work in the international development sector, Dr. Mirza has worked for research institutes, NGOs, and as a consultant for WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA in various countries of Asia and in Australia.
In her speech, Dr. Tanjina Mirza, the award recipient, appreciates PACE and Radio Metro Mail’s work that helps people to know their rights and responsibilities. She added, “It’s a privilege to have a feminist government now in Canada that believes in equal rights, we all should contribute to this beautiful country.”
Emamul Haque, Executive Director of PACE, said, “This Award is in sync with our commitment towards the cause of empowering women. The idea is to recognize and acknowledge the contribution of women achievers across fields who will be role models to countless other women in Canada.”
The award giving ceremony was a part of an event titled ‘Colour of Joy’, organized by PACE and Radio Metro Mail to celebrate Bangla New Year 1425, and achievements of Bangladeshi origin Canadian women in Canada. A good number of community members and dignitaries were present at the event including Mitra Manouchehrian, Chair of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), Dolly Begum, one of the Bangladeshi origin young women who is running for the upcoming Ontario election, and Dr. Shafi Bhuyan who has been shortlisted for 2018 RBC top 25 Canadian Immigration Awards.