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The City of Moscow Human Rights Commission awarded Kay Keskinen the 2019 Ismat Ara and Abdul Mannan Sheikh Community Unity Award. Jenny Kostroff accepted the award on Keskinen's behalf, and commended Keskinen for her 11,069 hours of service with the Washington-Idaho Volunteer Center, her volunteerism at the 1912 Center, and her contributions throughout the Moscow community.
The award is to honor the memory of two outstanding Moscow citizens, Ismat Ara Sheikh and her husband, 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 the community Thanksgiving meals they hosted for many years in Moscow.
The Ismat Ara and Abdul Mannan Sheikh Community Unity Award is a biennial civic award to highlight and honor 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 and human rights in Moscow and the surrounding community.
Kay Keskinen's name will be included with the Sheikhs and other award recipients on a central plaque housed in City Hall as well as a commemorative rock plaque in East City Park.
More information about the Moscow Human Rights Commission can be found at https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/450/Human-Rights-Commission