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Nominee Profile

Name: Jude
Category: Muslim Memoir/Book of the Year
Total Votes: 24

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List of the nominee's achievements:

Environmantal Design Student at OCAD University.

Community Involvement: Currently volunteering in planning a forum for Toronto General Hospital
Volunteering to plan a Grad Show for OCAD University.
Previous volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society, Epilepsy, MS society and many more.

Sports: Long Distant Runner, Cross Country Skiing, Black Belt Taekwondo Player.

Latest Accomplishment: Published the book; Thalassemia My Lifelong Companion. Which is about my story with Thalassemia.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

I represent every muslim that has a strong belief but describes themselves a "modernized muslim". I mingle with people with multiple religions, or no religion at all, and to me that is the most interesting time for me to understand what goes on in people's heads, a place where I can share my opinions freely. Proving to all those that have a certain perception of Islam, that they are wrong, the "true" muslims are ones who believe in humanity, ones who respect others, ones who love life and know that God has given them all they need. Feeling nothing but blessed every single day. I would say actions are the most important way to send a message to others, to help them to understand what really Islam is, and that the creator of all things is not an animal, but God.

The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

Impacting one person in a positive way, is an achievement, it is an indescribable feeling. After writing the book I started understanding people more, being able to understand their pain the moment I looked into their eyes. I started being more involved with the Thalassemia community (My Thal. Family). I had people from all around the world e-mail/message me on Facebook and other social media websites. They all shared their stories with me, I listened carefully and even on days where I barely had a free minute, I still managed to reply to each and every one of them. I answered questions/ inspired people and pushed people to achieve what they thought was unreachable.

I have also volunteered for endless hours for multiple organizations.

How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

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