Early in August 2016, I was honoured to be contacted by Paul Waldie, who had visited our website, and wanted to learn more! He was intrigued about why I had set up the Foundation, why we did what we did, what we hoped to achieve and especially, how we’ve been fortunate to make rapid progress over the last two years in attracting the cooperation of 18 universities around the world, and obtaining co-funding of over $4 million to date.
On June 21, 2016, I was honoured as one of the 25 Canada-wide recipients of the RBC 2016 Canadian Immigrant Awards. I am especially humbled to receive this honour as The Spark of Hope Foundation is just two years old. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me. I am deeply grateful for the groundswell of support the Foundation has received to date, for the many people who showed their support by voting for my nomination and to Canadian Immigrant Magazine for selecting me from over 700 nominations.
Since their creation 10 years ago by The International Alliance of Women, their World of Difference 100 awards have recognized 600 women and men who have supported the economic empowerment of women in the following categories: entrepreneurship, corporate, non-profit, education, public service/government, young women leaders and champions.
The World Women Leadership Congress recently honoured Narmin K. Ismail, founder and CEO of the Spark of Hope Foundation with an Outstanding Women Leadership Achievement Award, at their congress in Mumbai, India on Feb 14, 2015.
“The Award recognizes outstanding women professionals who have the vision, flair, acumen and professionalism to demonstrate excellent leadership and managing skills in an organization, making changes and achieving results,” said Dr Raju Bhatia, Founder of the congress.