Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
Multicultural Alliance holds annual award dinner
On April 20, the Multicultural Alliance held its annual award dinner at the Fort Worth Club. Honored this year were Dr. Basheer Ahmed and Robert Fernandez. The MCA presented Joan Kline with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Basheer Ahmed offers his medical expertise beyond the usual boundaries to unite communities. In 1995, when Muslim refugees from Bosnia arrived, there were no social service organizations to assist with the issues confronting Muslim refugees and immigrants. Basheer convened 35 community leaders representing interfaith religious establishments, healthcare institutions, corporate entities and nonprofit organizations. As a result, the Muslim Community Center for Human Services (MCC) was established. Today, MCC provides medical and social services to patients irrespective of race, religion or country of origin.
In 1963 the Fernandez family fled Cuba and arrived in Miami. The First Congregational Church sponsored Robert Fernandez and his family’s relocation to Fort Worth.
Arriving as a 6-year-old, Robert recognized the generosity of the church members and was profoundly impacted. He made a childhood vow that if possible, he wanted to be the person who made the difference in someone’s life. Within these five decades, the breadth and depth of his community and civic involvement is unparalleled. He has played a major role in over 60 organizations and nonprofit boards, affirming his commitment to make a meaningful difference.
The community contributions and life interests of Joan Kline are wide and varied. She is a business woman, education specialist, radiological technologist, community activist and parent of nine children. Seeking a safe street and playground was her first initiative that parlayed her community service to over 50 boards and organizations. Caring for all children is her passion. Her desire is that each person will live in a community that is inclusive and welcoming.
Adena Cytron-Walker was recognized by MCA Presiding Board Chair Dr. John Forestner, for her 10 years of service as the vice-president of programming.