سیما شریفی و همسرش ارنولد ویتزیگ 60 میلیون دلار برای پروژه بهبود زندگی در قطب شمال اهدا کردند .
سیما شریفی در سال 1986 به عنوان پناهنده به کانادا امد وی در شهر ونکوور ساکن هست
اخبار ایرانیان کانادا- irca news- ایرکانیوز- پنج شنبه 1 فوریه 2018 – 13 بهمن 96
Iranian CANADIAN woman SIMA SHARIFI and his husband Arnold Witzig in Vancouver donate $60-million to
esteemed Arctic Inspiration Prize
.Sima Sharifi came to Canada in 1986 as refugee .
سیما شریفی و همسرش ارنولد ویتزیگ 60 میلیون دلار برای پروژه بهینه سازی قطب شمال اهدا کردند .
سیما شریفی در سال 1986 به عنوان پناهنده به کانادا امد وی در شهر ونکوور ساکن هست . وی بدلیل تبعیض علیه بهاییان در ایران ، احساس نزدیکی زیادی با بومیان کانادا کرد . وی با همسرش که مهندس معمار سویسی هست در سال 1999 اشنا شد و هردو به قطب علاقه مند شدند .
A philanthropic couple from Vancouver has donated their entire fortune to support the longevity of an esteemed Arctic research award.
Sima Sharifi and husband Arnold Witzig announced Wednesday that they will give $60-million to the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP). The couple, in their 60s, founded the prize in 2012 after falling in love with Canada’s North and have since financed annual awards – which now total $3-million a year – that support teams of Arctic researchers. Their new donation ensures the sustainability of the prize long into the future.
“We wanted to inspire, enable and somehow celebrate all these achievements of the people in the North,” Mr. Witzig said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.
“Without having grassroots and youth really participate and come forward with their own ideas, you can try as much as you want as a government, it won’t work. Here, we thought the prize could step in and really contribute.”
The prize gives groups of Arctic researchers financial support to study opportunities or challenges for the Canadian Arctic, including educational, health, environmental and economic issues. The prize, which awards multiple teams from $100,000 to $1-million, was established in 2012 by Mr. Witzig and Ms. Sharifi. The 2018 laureates were recognized Wednesday night at an AIP awards ceremony in Ottawa, where the organization also unveiled its new $60-million donation.
Kevin Kablutsiak, a 2013 laureate who is now executive director of the AIP, said the evolution of the prize over only a matter of years is “tremendous.”
“From my own perspective, being Inuk from Canada, from the Arctic, and seeing Arnold and Sima being so generous and giving of everything they have to the Arctic, it’s really hard to fully say and express the gratitude that I feel and that many of us feel,” said Mr. Kablutsiak.
“Some of these projects that have won would normally never get any kind of money that they get from AIP from elsewhere.”
Mr. Witzig and Ms. Sharifi’s fascination with the Arctic stems from the early days of their relationship. The couple met online shortly after Mr. Witzig, a Swiss architect, sold his European business and immigrated to Canada in 1999. They took one of their first trips as a couple to Iqaluit, where they took part in North Pole expedition training.
Ms. Sharifi, who came to Vancouver in 1986 as a refugee from Iran, felt immediately connected to the Indigenous peoples of the North. Having faced discrimination as a member of an ethnic minority in Iran, she understood the struggles of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.