Ward 1 Civic Hero Award Given to the Late Tanya Khan

City of Vaughan

​Sept. 10, 2014

The Civic Hero Award for Ward 1 was presented posthumously to Tanya Khan on Sept. 9. Mrs. Khan was recognized for her community outreach, her leadership as an educator and her work in the Ahmadiyya community.
Mrs. Khan was a teacher at Kleinburg public school and Louis-Honore Frechette public school in Thornhill. As an educator, she participated in many school-board initiatives, and organized a women’s interfaith build for Habitat for Humanity, bringing together women from eight different religious faiths. Mrs. Khan passed away in August 2013.
“Tanya Khan is a woman who will be forever remembered for the lasting impact she made here in the Vaughan community and indeed beyond. In life, she was a devout Muslim and a well-known champion of interfaith dialogue. An educator by profession, Tanya had a passion for teaching and a natural ability for sharing her wisdom and knowledge with her students and peers. She encouraged people to be thoughtful, to ask questions, to challenge and to observe. Her commitment to family, faith, community and her determination to make a positive contribution to this world have without a doubt strengthened the social and cultural fibre in the City of Vaughan.”
-Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
“As an active member of the Ahmadiyya community, Tanya Khan believed in reaching beyond religious borders and building an inclusive community. She set a wonderful example by inspiring others to make a difference, and even in death, she gave back to society as an organ donor. As a teacher, an active member of the community and a mother, Mrs. Khan exemplified the true meaning of a civic hero.”
-Ward 1 Councillor Marilyn Iafrate
  • The Civic Hero Award is presented annually to one resident from each of Vaughan’s five wards
  • The awards recognize outstanding achievement and individual contributions to the community