The Voices of Muslim Women Announces 2019 VMW Award Finalists

The Voices of Muslim Women (VMW) has announced finalists for the third annual VMW Awards, honouring the achievements of 22 phenomenal Muslim women. This year's finalists are:

  • Allies of Muslim Women - Grace Club, Janice Morris & Ershad Fawcett

  • Arts & Culture - Sumaiya Tufail & Noor Fadel

  • Athletic Excellence - Rakiia Lolieva & Naadiya Ali

  • Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership - Sabrina Samy, Sidra Subzwari & Humaira Qayum

  • Lifetime Achievement - Kuresa Buksh & Dr. Amera Murabit

  • Media & Entertainment - Ziyana Vasaya & Iayisha Khan

  • Social Justice - Turnisa Matsedik, Hira Rashid, Humaira Hamid

  • STEM - Fouziah Khairati, Hanieh Shakeri

  • Young Women in Distinction - Zeba Khan, Sofia Slater & Fizza Rashid

"The VMW Awards Gala not only celebrates the successes of women in our community, it also creates connection, collaboration, and inspiration," said Aisha Amijee, Executive Director of Voices of Muslim Women. "It is my honour to congratulate this year's finalists on their amazing achievements."

Founded in 2017, the VMW Awards are given annually to self identifying Muslim women of British Columbia who excel socially and professionally in the various award categories. Each year, VMW calls out for members of the community to nominate women they believe are deserving of this prestigious award. A panel of award judges have shortlisted the finalists and selected the winner for each category after much deliberation and consideration.

The winner for each category will be awarded on October 26th at 7pm during a ceremony held at Aria Banquet Hall at 12350 Pattullo Pl, Surrey, BC. The 2019 VMW Awards Gala is generously sponsored by Bombay Collection with additional sponsorship provided by Power SMILE Dental Centre, Derna Dental, M. Yasin & Co. Inc, and Nature’s Compounding Pharmacy. For a full list of all of the generous community sponsors, visit

Past winners of the VMW Awards include: Katie Warfield, Allies of Muslim Women; Sadra Sarfraz, Business & Entreprenurial Leadership; Rayah Hatahet, Athletic Excellence; Farah Hasan, Arts, Culture & Entertainment; Ayan Ismail, Young Women of Distinction; Nada Elmasry, Social Justice; Women of Tayybeh, Champion of Women; Fareeda Bano Ali, Lifetime Achievement.

The VMW Awards Gala was founded by Aisha Amijee, Executive Director of the organization. With the help of her executive team, Board of Directors, and volunteers, the organizations continues to thrive.

About the VMW Awards Gala

The VMW Awards Gala is open to all and is a formal black tie event. There will be a full three course meal, amazing performances by Flare Dance Group, Canadabkeh, and Jason & Marisa Gold. There is also a red carpet, photo exhibition presented by Dhia Photography, and of course the main event, the awards ceremony! To be a part of this lively, entertainment filled night, you can purchase your tickets at Tickets are 98% sold out so hurry and don’t miss your opportunity to attend this amazing event.

About The Voices of Muslim Women

Voices of Muslim Women (VMW) is a Vancouver-based non profit organization that educates and mentors female professionals to be confident, connected and informed leaders. We host a mentorship program, digital storytelling program, awards gala and professional development & networking conferences for women in Vancouver. We are led and run by women in Vancouver who self-identify as belonging to Muslim cultures; however, our programs and events are open to girls and women from all cultures. The Voices of Muslim Women relies on both membership fees and funding to offer its wide array of free programming. Learn more about how you can support VMW by joining the movement at

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