Celebrating Community Champions at London Awards Dinner

Remembering Srebrenica’s London and South East Board held their Awards Dinner to celebrate the hard work of Community Champions and volunteers who made Srebrenica Memorial Week 2019 such a huge success in the South East.

The region held the most memorial activities aimed at educating the young and old about the dangers of hatred and discrimination if left unchallenged, while bringing together different communities to promote social cohesion in honour of the Mothers, victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide.

Votes were cast online for nominees in several different categories. The winners are listed below.

Rameez Kaleem, London and South East Board Chair, said:

I’m immensely proud of the work and contribution of our London community champions to raise awareness of the Srebrenica genocide and use the lessons from this to tackle hatred and discrimination in our society. London is the UK’s most diverse city but we’ve recently seen a spike in hate crime and it’s more important than ever that we work with our local communities to take positive action. This annual event is a great opportunity for us to recognise the amazing work of our community champions because, no matter how large or small, their work is helping to build a better and safer society for all.

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Remembering Srebrenica UK Chairman, said:

We know it is not enough to simply say ‘never again’ after genocide, we must take concrete actions within our society to ensure that hatred and intolerance is never left unchallenged. Our fantastic Community Champions held over 100 community action events across London during July to ensure that those who died at Srebrenica are never forgotten, and this awards dinner is an opportunity to celebrate their hard work and commitment to fighting hatred.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Community Champion Award (x2) – Dania Hanif and Gosia Simonowicz.

Award for Best Faith Event – East London Mosque.

Award for Best Engagement from a Local Authority – Harrow Council.

Award for Best Education Event – Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College.

Award for Best Community Focused Event – Bosnian Vigil by Dania Hanif, Semira Jakupovic & others.

Award for Event Creating the Biggest Impact – Peace Walk by Rabbi Alexandra Wright of West London Synagogue, Reverend Lindsay Meader of St James’s Piccadilly & Abdurahman Sayed of Al-Manaar Mosque.