Jusoor Bridges Award

We at Jusoor believe that youth in Syria should have access to profoundly better opportunities. We believe in a new generation and a country that will one day embrace democracy, respect human rights and the rule of law, and encourage free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

This is an award that is given to an individual who is working to transform and build a better world around them. They are a source of inspiration and compassion– an agent of change who demonstrates the utmost courage and respect towards all humanity. The award recipient has made a tangible impact on the lives of the Syrian people in Syria or in the diaspora; and, in their work, has contributed to such values and has:

  • Stood against hate and isolationism.
  • Created spaces for mutual understanding and respect between the Syrian people and other communities.
  • Used his or her leadership position to provide opportunities and to advocate for the most vulnerable amongst the Syrian population, including, refugees, youth, women, minorities, elderly, unemployed, and the disabled.
  • Supported collaboration and capacity-building between the Syrians people and non-Syrian communities locally, regionally, or internationally.
  • Made significant contributions to promoting the human rights of the Syrian people around the world.

The award is presented on an annual basis at Jusoor’s Gala Dinner, which directly follows Jusoor’s Annual Global Conference.

Award Selection Process

Selections are non-discriminatory and nominations are accepted regardless of age, gender, nationality, religion, or political affiliation. Jusoor’s Leadership Team welcomes nominations year-round and may select an awardee outside of the nomination pool.

If you would like to nominate a person for this award, please write to us at info@jusoorsyria.com with your letter of nomination. Please write “Nomination for Jusoor Bridges Award” in the subject of the email. Nomination letters will be kept in strict confidence.

Past recipients

2017 - Jim Estill

Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Appliances, is a technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. Jim started a computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university. That modest business grew into a company doing $350,000,000 in sales before selling to SYNNEX in 2004.

Jim has invested in, mentored and advised many technology companies including Blackberry. He joined Blackberry’s board before they went public and served there for 13 years.

In 2016 Jim Estill made the headlines for his philanthropic work sponsoring 58 Syrian refugee families in Guelph, Ontario. The Financial Times, BBCNews, The Guardian, and Toronto Life have all covered his story, including this viral video featuring his work. This June Jim received the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

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