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Journalist Sheikh Jalil receives MJMF's Ekushey Youth Awards

On April 24, 2015 the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF) awarded Journalist Sheikh Jalil for his achievements in journalism and his literary work during the celebration of the Bengali New Year which was organized by the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) and held at the Pleasantview Community Hall in Edmonton, Alberta.

Recipients of MJMF's Ekushey Youth Awards 2015

Recipients of MJMF's Ekushey Youth Awards 2015
(ltr) Sheikh Jalil, Delwar Jahid, Ahsan Ullah Rony

The Ekushey Youth Awards was brought into life by the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF) under assistance of the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) in February 2015. The spirit behind the awards is based in the inspiration drawn from International Mother Language Day, a celebration event proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and inspired by a day, where students in Bangladesh were shot and killed by police during a demonstration for the recognition of their language. Today International Mother Language Day may serve as a reminder of the rich existance of linguistic and cultural diversity in our civilization. A number of organizations have started to recognize individual people for outstanding services in the community, and to promote topics like the preservation of linguistic diversity amoung others.

The award was handed over by Delwar Jahid, president of the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA). A second award was given to Ahsan Ullah Rony, who reveived the honour for his skillful organizations of youth sports events in the community.

The Ekushey Youth Awards is awarded annually to residents of the Province of Alberta in Canada, who stand out inspiring a young audience with their work and contributions in the fields of education, sports, youth activities, literature and community services. The Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF) may award the honour multiple times, and is announcing the nominees on February 21st on International Mother Language Day.

Announcement of the Nominees for MJMF's Ekushey Youth Awards 2015

Announcement of the Nominees for MJMF's Ekushey Youth Awards 2015

Delwar Jahid inaugurated the program with a speech about the importance of festivals like the celebration of the Bengali New Year, as these are an integral part of the Bangladeshi culture and a great opportunity for the people in the community and especially for a younger audience to experience the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. The festival in mid-April is known as Boishakhi Mela, marks the start of the spring season, and includes a colorful cultural program.

Recipients of the Ekushey Youth Awards 2015 are:
· Sheikh Jalil (Writer and Journalist)
· Ahsan Ullah Rony (Sports & Community Organizer)

Sheikh Jalil

Awarded for Journalism and Literary Work. Sheikh Jalil graduated at the Mymensing Medical College of Bangladesh in the eighties. He descended from a progressive family, that engaged in education, arts and literature. Since early childhood he developed an interest in the written word, and started writing his own stories, poems, features, and reports. He engaged in part time journalism and is currently Bureau Chief of the Weekly Jogajog in Edmonton. As author of multiple books he published in Bangladesh: Shoyllahbile Shalook Phol-Song (2015), Shopnonil Railgari-Poem (2011),

Sheikh Jalil

Sheikh Jalil

Shoobota Tamao Jatra-Poem (2010), Jagirnama-Novel, and four other publications.

Ahsan Ullah Rony

Awarded for Sports. Ahsan Ullah Rony graduated at York University in Toronto, Canada and is actively involved in sports and socio-cultural activities. Since childhood, Ahsan has been the biggest fan of all kinds of sports, and developed an interest in playing soccer, cricket, and badminton. He is the former general secretary of the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) (2012-2014). With the nomination for the Ekushey Youth Awards Ahsan Ullah Rony is recognized in a special way for consistent dedication and commitment to the Mahinur Jahid

Ahsan Ullah Rony

Ahsan Ullah Rony

Memorial Foundation (MJMF), BHESA and other allied organizations. He has been a successful organizer of soccer events, and the cricket tournament, and achieved a champion trophy and other personal awards. His contribution to our youth community and in general to sports will be gratefully remembered.