2014 Awards Gala
Featuring Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Author of the Best Seller " I Shall Not Hate"
Friday, 7th November 2017 (7-10 pm)
Al Rashid Education Foundation (AREF) awards celebration was held at the Oasis Hall, one of Edmonton's finest function halls. In addition to formally inducting AREF as Edmonton's First Muslim Scholarship foundation, AREF announced the names of winners for three scholarship levels ranging in values between $1,000 and $3,000.
The event featured renowned educator and peace promoter Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish.
Dr. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty, violence, and
the horrific tragedy of his three daughters’ and niece’s deaths in the 2009 Gaza War. He continues to live up to the description bestowed upon him by an Israeli colleague, as a “magical, secret bridge between Israelis and Palestinians”. He is now one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. Despite his personal losses his doctrine is that hate is not a response to war. Rather, open communication, understanding, hope and compassion are the tools to bridge the divide between Israeli and Palestinian interests.