Johor Bahru, Dec 17: The Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards 2015 or better known as IMSHA2015 was held last month in subdued elegance at Thistle Johor Bahru. The Dinner Awards presentation ceremony was graced by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan bin Mohamed. Also present was the Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority Yang Bahagia Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.
In total 20 award recipients comprising individuals and organisations were given recognition for their outstanding contribution in making a difference in Iskandar Malaysia with the biggest winner accorded the Iskandar Malaysia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Social Hero Award. The 11 categories (Applicable to an individual or organisational nomination) are Active Duty and Veteran Services, Animal & Wildlife, Disaster Relief and Public Safety, Education Advancement, Environmental Preservation/Protection, Health Services, Human Empowerment, Poverty & Hunger Relief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Innovator, Arts, Culture & Heritage.
The Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards is envisioned as the region’s premier community service award to publicly thank the unsung heroes for the inspirational work that they do for the broader community. Now in its second year, the IMSHA Awards aim to identify, recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations and social movements which have made a significant contribution to society through impactful and meaningful community service.
The IMSHA was conceptualised by the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Communities Network or IMSC Network in short, a coalition for social impact. The IMSC Network is a social innovation project that was initiated by IRDA back in 2011 with the aim to enhance social capital value in the economic region.
The inaugural IMSHA Awards last year drew more than 170 nominations. It proved such a hit that it is now regarded as the premier community service award in the Iskandar Malaysia region to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the social sector for their inspirational work. This year saw 190 nominations submitted. The awards are also intended to raise awareness on the need for all to share the responsibility of working towards a more inclusive, compassionate and effective society.
IMSHA2015 is a community-led event supported by UM Land, I & P Group, and Country Garden Pacific View as official sponsors. The event was also supported by event partners Carlist.my and Wearnes Autohaus.
Members of the public nominated their candidates for one or more of the 11 categories, which span a range of social service disciplines. The nominations were submitted online.
The Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards 2016 (IMSHA2016) nominations are now open and members of the public may submit nominations to through The Iskandarian’s website www.theiskandarian.com. Further information on IMSHA can be found on https://www.facebook.com/#!/socialheroawards.
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