The Aga Khan, second from right, poses with Prince Aly Aga Khan, former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, Justice Albie Sachs and Princess Zarha Aga Kgan at a Toronto event in May. (TOM SANDLER FOR THE TORONTO STAR)
The Aga Khan — spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims worldwide and renowned for his leadership of a global network of organizations working in education and development — will be presented with the first annual Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship on Wednesday in Toronto.
Clarkson, Canada’s former governor general, said that when picking a recipient for the new award in her name she was looking for an international figure who models the qualities of a good citizen and who makes the lives of others better.
She noted that Ismaili Muslims have their own experiences of diplacement — many were expelled from East Africa in the early ’70s.
“The Aga Khan has taught all the people of Ismaili belief that wherever you go, you become a citizen of that country. Not only do you belong to your own group, but you reach out to a new society in which you are found.”
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- His Highness the Aga Khan to receive Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship | Live Webcast on Wednesday the 21 September from Toronto