This evening, Sultanali Hudda was named Kitchener's 2023 Senior of the Year in a ceremony held at Victoria Park Pavilion. The announcement comes just days before the larger celebration of Seniors' Month in June. This annual award is presented by the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) in partnership with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, and celebrates the contributions of Kitchener residents ages 65 and up. In addition to the Senior of the Year award, the event also recognized the outstanding contributions and achievements of 17 incredible nominees. 

“As a community we want to be able to live well and age well. Tonight’s nominees have shown that they are doing just that, and more, by generously sharing their knowledge, gifts and time to build a better, more caring Kitchener through volunteering.” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, “Congratulations to all of our nominees. I am so pleased to present Sultanali with this year's Senior of the Year award and recognize his outstanding contribution as an inspiring role model to his peers and the community.” 

Sultanali Hudda has volunteered his time with several organizations that address issues of social justice, Islamophobia, and anti-racism. In addition to his advocacy work with organizations such as Muslim Social Services and Islamic Humanitarian Services, Sultanali also volunteers with the House of Friendship’s Onesight program, providing free glasses for seniors living with low income. Sultanali also offers appliance repair at low or no cost for those living with lower income. He provides rides to the mosque for those without transportation and helps to organize food and clothing donations in support of global emergencies. 

The Senior of the Year selection panel, made up of members of Kitchener City Council, MACKS, City of Kitchener staff and representatives from Volunteer Waterloo Region carefully reviewed each nomination and selected a candidate whose contributions make a unique and positive impact on the community.  

Congratulations to all the nominees for the award including Fadumo Aden, Kuldip Bachher, Mary Dooley, Sharon Gowland, Marguarite Knechtel, Marcela Kupfer, Don O’Bright, Chaitanya Jyoti Parivrajika, Dan Purcell, Evelyn Richter, Debbie Rochon, Tim Sauer, Cathie Savage, Andrew Teminski, Dennis Watson, Gavin Wilson, and Jan Zuk. 

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