In her opening speech, Bokhari stated that she is a very proud dual citizen of both Canada and Pakistan. She went on to say, “if you are sitting here in this room tonight you are one of the most privileged people in the world. With that comes tremendous responsibility. As a Canadian of Pakistani origin, I feel that many of us dual citizens have an opportunity to role model the spirit of multiculturalism to the world.”
As she went around the room to meet each and every guest, Bokhari further indicated that “Having worked in earthquake relief in Pakistan, I can say that recovery from the floods will take decades. We must not only think of the 20 million primary victims, but the millions in the overwhelmed cities, where the displaced persons are now residing in shelters, and then further even, the entire country which could be facing a food shortage. Please remember them this Thanksgiving weekend and donate generously.”
This special event was organized by the Radisson Hotel in partnership with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Toronto. Along with Tahmena Bokhari, special guests included Sahebzada Khan (Consul General of Pakistan) and Susan Fennell (Mayor of Brampton).