The City of Moscow Human Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the Ismat Ara and Abdul Mannan Sheikh Community Unity Award. The award is in honor of the memory of two outstanding Moscow citizens, the late Ismat Ara Sheikh and Abdul Mannan Sheikh, who demonstrated the meaning of community unity in their personal lives and outreach to the Moscow community. This was marked in particular with their open invitation to anyone for community Thanksgiving meals they hosted for many years in Moscow. Nominations are being accepted through October 11, 2013.
The Ismat Ara and Abdul Mannan Sheikh Community Unity Award is a biennial civic award given to highlight and honor the achievements of a Moscow citizen or group who have made outstanding commitments to community unity and who have a history of significant effort on behalf of diversity, inclusion and human rights in Moscow and the surrounding community. Previous recipients of the award also have a strong history of broad community service throughout Moscow and beyond. The nominees forwarded to the Mayor by the Human Rights Commission for final consideration shall meet the following criteria:
- significant contributions to community unity and human understanding in and around Moscow
- significant efforts on behalf of diversity, inclusion and human rights in Moscow
- outstanding commitment to community, public service and the City of Moscow
Anyone wishing to nominate a person or group for this award should put their nomination in writing to Moscow Human Rights Commission, c/o Karen Potter, Moscow Police Department, with a short (up to one page) explanation of what prompts the nomination. Nominations must be delivered in person or by mail to PO Box 9203, Moscow, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013.
The selection of the recipient of this award will be made by Mayor Nancy Chaney from nominees forwarded by the Moscow Human Rights Commission. Nominees are being solicited from the ranks of Moscow citizens and screened by the Human Rights Commission. The intention is to reserve this award for extraordinary contributions to diversity, inclusion, community, and service to all of Moscow.
The award includes a plaque for the recipient and inclusion of the recipient's name on a central plaque to be housed in a prominent place in City Hall as well as a commemorative stone plaque on City property to honor the award recipient and the Sheikhs.
The recipients of the Ismat Ara and Abdul Mannan Sheikh Community Unity Award will be announced at a public ceremony at the 1912 Center on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.