Aga Khan wins Global Citizenship prize at 6 Degrees— By MEGAN DOLSKI on The Star com

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.

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.

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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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