Nominations for the 2017 Ismat Ara and Abdul Mannan Sheikh Community Unity Award are being accepted by the City of Moscow through Friday, October 6, 2017.
The award honors the Sheikhs who demonstrated the meaning of community unity in their personal lives and outreach to Moscow. For many years, the couple hosted the annual community Thanksgiving meal which was open to anyone.
Every two years, the award is given to a Moscow citizen who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to community unity and who have a history of significant effort on behalf of diversity, inclusion and human rights in the Moscow area. All of the nominees must meet the following three requirements:
- 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.
The Moscow Human Rights Commission will review all nominees and forward recommendations to Mayor Bill Lambert. Past recipients have included Joann Muneta, S.M. Ghanzafar, Dan Weaver, Wilhelmina "Toni" Sarai Clark, Carla Kappler and Tom Hansen.
Nominations should be no more than one page explaining the nomination, and be sent to the Moscow Human Rights Commission, c/o Karen Potter, Moscow Police Department, P.O. Box 9203, Moscow, ID 83843. They may also be delivered by hand no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6. To the Moscow Police Department at 118 E 4th Street, Moscow Idaho. Submissions may also be sent by email to email@example.com.
The 2017 recipient will be announced during a public ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 2, at the 1912 Center. The award includes a personal plaque and inclusion of the recipient's name on a central public plaque which is housed in City Hall. The honoree is also added to a commemorative stone plaque in Moscow's East City Park which honors the Sheikhs.