Bahadur Madhani Elected as Chair of YMCA Canada
By Dilshaan Panjwani *
Bahadur Madhani was unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Directors of YMCA Canada at the YMCA Canada’s 101st National Annual General Meeting held recently in Toronto.
“Bahadur’s dedication, honesty and respect exemplify what Canada is all about,” said Scott Haldane, President and CEO of YMCA Canada. “He is a knowledgeable and engaging leader and we are fortunate that he has agreed to serve as our Board Chair. We look forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of strengthening the foundations of our communities in Canada.”
Accepting the ceremonial gavel from outgoing Chair Marilyn Kapitany, Bahadur said, “I am honoured to assume the important position of Board Chair of YMCA Canada,” He added, “Serving the needs of communities across Canada is something the YMCA does every day and I am proud to be a part of this important work”.
Bahadur exemplifies volunteerism in Canada, with a glowing track record of selflessly serving the Canadian civil society. He is a role model for hundreds of young Canadians who aspire to give back to the Community their time and knowledge in a voluntary capacity.
Bahadur’s dedicated contributions have earned him many laurels. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2001 in recognition of his invaluable contribution to volunteerism in Canada. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Bahadur is also the recipient of a multitude of Community Awards including the Ismaili Award of Excellence, in recognition of his work in senior volunteer capacities in the Aga Khan Ismaili Muslim Community internationally in the fields of economic development, conciliation and arbitration and outreach. In addition, he has presided over two Citizenship Ceremonies during which he has sworn in nearly two hundred new Canadians from over 40 different countries.
Over the years, Bahadur has served many institutions in leadership roles such as former Chair of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, United Way of Greater Toronto, and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Canada. He has also served on the Boards of the Toronto Board of Trade, Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Royal Ontario Museum, Advisory Board of the Toronto Community Foundation and Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner's Community Advisory Council.
Bahadur owns and operates a property management and real estate syndications company in Toronto, Ontario. Yet, he has committed his time, energy and expertise to volunteer service. He currently serves as Chair, Toronto Grants Review Team of Ontario Trillium Foundation, and is a member of the CivicAction Toronto Steering Committee.
Born in Tanzania in humble circumstances, Bahadur graduated as Chartered Accountant in London, England in 1973, and obtained his Fellowship in Chartered Accountancy in 1979. As an immigrant to Canada in 1982, Bahadur has set a benchmark for thousands of immigrants on the art of volunteerism, inspiring young Canadians to follow his example. Bahadur has also given quality family time to his wife Parviz (Polly), their son Jameel (graduated from the Ivey Business School in 2005) and daughter Farahnaaz (graduate of Wilfred Laurier University – 2007), as well as mentored many young leaders of tomorrow.