Little Mosque Star Takes a Candid Look at Diversity

    Canada remains a vibrant example of tolerance and inclusiveness

    CALGARY, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - As the fourth most popular urban centre
destination for immigration in Canada, Calgary is made more vibrant by the
diversity of its citizens. It is projected that by 2011, more than one in five
Calgarians will be a visible minority. With this come both opportunities for
celebration and areas of concern. As a catalyst for positive action, The
Calgary Foundation, in partnership with Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP,
established the Forever Funds initiative to meet this need.
    The Forever Funds Speaker Series is an amazing opportunity to engage
Calgarians in our city's most pressing issues. The Series features
thought-provoking discussion and presents visionary, topical speakers of
imagination and energy who will present cutting-edge topics and discuss
important sector issues.
    With corporate partner BLG and community partner the Immigrant Access
Fund (IAF), we invite you to join us for our second in a series of five
Forever Funds Speaker Series events - an evening of diversity and inclusion
featuring Zaib Shaikh(*), star of the world's first Muslim sitcom, Little Mosque
on the Prairie (one of Canada's highest rated comedies which has drawn
international attention from the BBC, CNN and The New York Times).
    Shaikh, a pivotal player on the show, has also shot to fame around the
world, exuding charm, conflict and control in his role as a Pakistani lawyer
who moves to a small prairie town to become the Imam of the local mosque.

    Monday, November 3, 2008 7:30 - 9:00 pm (DOORS at 7:00 pm)
    Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
    120 9th Avenue SE (South Building Macleod Hall A)

    In his talks, Shaikh takes an engaging look at the multicultural miracle
known as Canada. Drawing on his experiences as a Toronto-born actor of
Pakistani descent, he explores how, in a world seemingly fractured by
sectarian violence and ethnic rivalries, Canada remains a vibrant example of
cross-cultural cooperation, tolerance and inclusiveness. But he doesn't paper
over the racism and social injustice that still linger; he instead speaks
frankly - and, it must be noted, entertainingly - about the ways we can
address these problems, especially through the arts.

    (*) Zaib Shaikh is available for interviews with the media.

    The Calgary Foundation, established in 1955, facilitates collaborative
philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community
organizations for the long term benefit of Calgary and surrounding area.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Huestis, Communications Coordinator, The
Calgary Foundation, P: (403) 802-7716,

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