Opheerah was one of the pioneers in the development of the Muslim community in Toronto.
On immigrating to Canada in 1973 with her husband and family, Opheera Nasir became actively engaged in public service with the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, the Jami Mosque and the MSA Women’s Committee.
The late pioneer was a pillar of the Islamic Foundation community in its early history, mentoring younger women and organizing educational seminars, youth camps and cultural events. She accompanied her husband, the late Mohamed Nasir, in his extensive travels in the Muslim world in the 1980s and 90s, in support of the Islamic Foundation‘s project.
In 1991, the Ontario Women’s Directorate recognized Opheera Nasir for her “contributions as an advocate of women.”
Mohamed Nasir was a well-known business leader in Guyana prior to immigrating to Canada.
In 1973, he arrived in Toronto and immediately became actively involved in public service.
He spearheaded the establishment of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto Centre in the city’s east end, one of the largest Islamic Centres in Canada and a landmark building in Scarborough (at Markham Road, north of Sheppard Avenue).
He held the position of President of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Foundation for close to two decades, the longest-serving President of the organization.
In 1993, Mohamed Nasir was recognized by the Canadian government for his community service and philanthropy with the commemorated medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for making “a significant contribution to Canada, to his community and to fellow Canadians.”
Number of Awards: 1
Award Amount: $5,000
Applications Open: February 1st, 2020
Applications Close: April 15th, 2020
1. Be a member of the BridgeTO Youth Program
2. Demonstrate Excellence of Character: A candidate may use the essay to elaborate on his or her character by describing certain scenarios in which he or she has demonstrated good character in a difficult situation.
3. Have attained an overall average of 80% or higher from Grade 9 to current Grade (12), calculated from a valid high-school transcript
4. Demonstrate leadership qualities in the community; this will be exemplified in the essay questions
5. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act