At the recently held Mississauga Board of Trade – 2017 Awards of Excellence – Sri Lankan born Esa Para was honoured with Sam McCallion Community Award for his dedication and tireless efforts in giving back to the community.
This annual award, named after the late husband of Mississauga’s Mayor Hazel McCallion, the award recognizes an outstanding volunteer in Mississauga who personifies the late Sam McCallion’s philosophy of community service, humility, compassion, dedication and persistence.
The awards ceremony was a sold out event attended by Mississauga’s business community and dignitaries. Esa Para’s acceptance speech filled with emotion touched many in the audience. He thanked various organisations including Trillium Health Partners Foundation, United Way of Peel Region, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Senior Tamil’s Society of Peel and SOPCA (serving mostly youths) for giving him the opportunity to serve the community at large.
Esa Para, a resident of Mississauga for over two decades, said he is humbled and honored to be recognized. “Like any volunteer, you do it out of passion,” he said, adding he loves getting involved in the community, working with like-minded individuals and making a difference. He particularly enjoys being a Health-care Ambassador of Trillium Health Partners Foundation and remains a grateful patient of Mississauga hospital having gone through a quadruple beating-heart bypass surgery in November, 2014.
Esa Para is a Realtor by Profession and a Volunteer by Passion.