BARHO FAMILY MEMORIAL AWARDS
In the spring of 2019, Interfaith Harmony Halifax, responding to events in our city, established an annual award to be presented at the end of the school year, to a young person, 14 years or younger, who has shown interest, appreciation, and initiative during World Interfaith Harmony Week. The award is given in memory of the Barho children, a family of local Syrian refugees whose seven children tragi-cally lost their lives in a house fire in February 2019. The award honours the compassion, gratitude, and inclusivity of the Barho children: 4-month-old Abdul-lah, Rana, 2; Hala, 3; Ola, 8; Mohamad, 9; Rola, 12; and Ahmed, 14.
The Inaugural Award was presented on June 26, 2019 to Joss Moran, at Hillside Park Elementary School in Sackville, NS by Robert Montiel on behalf of Interfaith Harmony Halifax. Joss participated in the Interfaith Engagement program during World Interfaith Harmony Week and gave a speech at the final Celebration event in February.
For 2019 only, award certificates were also presented to children at the two schools the Barho children attended in Spryfield. The children were selected by their schools. On June 25, in Rockingstone Heights School, Tayvon Manuel was presented an award by Jocelyne Tranquilla, a member of the Interfaith Har-mony team. On June 14, in Central Spryfield Elementary School, Hunter Gilmour was presented an award by James Hall, also an IHH team member.