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JA Volunteer Haji Charania Receives BC Community Achievement Award

Photo: Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; BC Community Achievement Award recipient Haji Charania; Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC

Victoria, British Columbia – May 25, 2016 – Long-time JA volunteer and Saanich resident Haji Charania received the British Columbia Community Achievement Award among 32 British Columbians at Government House in Victoria.

Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, presented each recipient with a BC Community Achievement Award medallion and certificate. Keith Mitchell, QC represented the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, the award’s presenting organization.

“Each one of the award recipients honoured today has made a lasting contribution to their communities and represents the best of British Columbia,” said Minister Fassbender. “Their example teaches us what can be accomplished if we work together and their contributions and leadership inspire us all. It is a privilege to recognize their achievements.”

Haji Charania, an active community volunteer, has been volunteering with JA British Columbia (JABC) since 2006, facilitating JA business and financial literacy programs in local school classrooms. He has volunteered in more than 120 classrooms in Greater Victoria. In April 2015, Charania was celebrated by JABC during National Volunteer Week at St. Andrew’s Regional High School for his 10 years of volunteer service to Junior Achievement.

Haji Charania’s bio for the British Columbia Community Achievement Award:

“Ask anyone in Saanich about Haji, and they’ll likely tell you he’s the heart and soul of the community. He’s worked to improve life there for 45 years. The organization he founded, the North Quadra Community Association, influences many municipal improvements. His retirement has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of his community and Haji has volunteered for numerous causes and programs, serving on the Saanich Police Board, Victoria Airport Authority and the Saanich Volunteer Services Society, to name a few, for more than four decades. His consistent leadership demonstrates his passion and commitment to the people he serves.”

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Annie Ko
Manager, Marketing & Communications | 604.688.3887 x. 231
JA British Columbia

About JA British Columbia

JA British Columbia (JABC) is a member of JA Canada who is a member JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest NGO dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2015, over 35,000 students in BC benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit for more information.