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Richmondite honoured with provincial medal

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:22 PDT, Wed March 31, 2021

Last Updated: 10:26 PDT, Wed March 31, 2021

Farouq Manji is tireless in every sense of the word.

For more than three decades the Richmond resident has provided voluntary service to the Ismaili Muslim community in the Lower Mainland, working alongside internal and external stakeholders to further the community and its relationship with residents.

Today, his efforts are being recognized by the province as one of 14 individuals receiving the Medal of Good Citizenship for their outstanding service and commitment to helping others.

"This important honour recognizes people who have gone above and beyond to offer help and kindness to others during these exceptionally challenging times," said Premier John Horgan. "The latest recipients of the Medal of Good Citizenship make our province a better place through their contributions and provide an example we can all aspire to meet in our communities."

Manji’s family instilled volunteerism as a key value early, and he has gone on to lead initiatives such as the Ismaili CIVIC that yearly sees Ismailis give back to the broader community by volunteering at food banks, cleaning up shoreline, or planting trees. During the pandemic, Ismaili CIVIC sewed more than 3,000 cloth face masks and donated more than 2,000 pounds of food to local food banks.

Chief marketing officer for Sleep Shop, mental health and the importance of sleep are key to what drives Manji’s passion for business. Knowing that poor sleep and sleep disorders lead to an impaired quality of life, he initiated an awareness campaign and partnered with UBC’s sleep disorders clinic where his team was trained to understand the issues associated with sleep.

“We are so fortunate in British Columbia to live amongst so many unsung heroes,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and chair of the medal's selection committee. “These outstanding, remarkable and selfless leaders make our communities shine brightly."

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