3rd Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner

Horizon Academy Institute (HAI) Takes a Major Step Forward towards Starting its Full Time Leadership-Based Islamic School in September 2017.

To acknowledge all our supporters and volunteers for their continuous help and to carry our efforts further, HAI will be hosting its 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner on April 08, 2017. Our event will be chaired by Sheikh Alaa Elsayed, Director of Religious Affairs - ICC Mosque, Toronto ON. Our youth program will be coordinated by Mr. Omar Ewing. Our event will also feature some entertainment.

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Our evening will feature the following programs:





Gala Dinner:

       As a non-profit organization, Horizon Academy Institute depends on support from sponsorship to make our events the best they can be. Whether it’s assistance with sponsoring food, supplies for children’s crafts, prizes or even with the general costs of much larger events, any amount of cash sponsorship or products/ services to auction off are very much appreciated.

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Sheikh  Alaa Elsayed

Sheikh Alaa was born in Cairo and lived in Egypt until he was 15 years old. During his youth, he spent his time as the goalie for the Junior National Team and moved to Toronto, Canada in the late 1970’s.

Sheikh Alaa studied for his Bachelors in Shariah from the American International University and earned a scholarship from the Shari'ah Academy/Mishkah University in Florida. Sheikh Alaa has also received his ija zah of Quran recitation for Hafs an Asim and studied comparative religion for five years through the IPCI in South Africa. He was on the board of directors of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.

Sheikh Alaa currently lives in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) with his wife and three children. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams as well as a member of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council. Prior to this, he was an Imam for the Muslim Council of Calgary and acted as its media spokesperson. He has hosted Vision of Islam, a weekly television show which runs throughout Alberta, Canada. He has also appeared as a speaker on Islam on various television channels, including Peace TV.

Sheikh Alaa was a member of the Calgary Multi-Faith Committee and a member of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Committee. Sheikh Alaa received the Alberta Centennial award by the Alberta Government in 2005, granted to him for his outstanding service to the Alberta community and he also received recognition from the city of Mississauga and the Members of Council for his Leadership role in 2015.

Currently Sheikh Alaa is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for the Canadian Islamic Congress. Sheikh Alaa is a favourite tutor with AlKauthar Institute and Director of Public Relations for Mercy Mission World.


Youth Program:

    Enjoy your Gala Dinner and get your kids to enjoy an inspirational Youth Night with the youth coordinator, Omar Ewing.

  • Ages 8-12 Years
  • Children 4-7  years old must be registered for the kids program.
  • Kids/youth under the age of 13 will not be permitted to enter the banquet hall.
  • The Youth Program starts on Saturday April 08, 2017 at 6:00 PM.
  • Program schedule coming soon.

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Mr. Omar Ewing

Mr. Omar Ewing is a father of a 10-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. Omar has over 20 years of leadership experience with a passion of providing ongoing feedback and customized coaching to youth. The youth are our future, so he works with organizations and area masajid on developing meaningful succession planning to prepare the youth to fill key leadership positions. Mr. Ewing is a certified trainer and HR professional that uses his skills and training to help better make a more vibrant and engaged community.


Kids Program:

   Enjoy your Gala Dinner and drop off your kids for a fun evening Kids Program; they will not be permitted to enter the banquet hall.

Children ages 8-12 must be registered for the Youth Program.

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     The Babysitting Program starts on Saturday April 8th, 2016 at 6:00 PM. The following shows the schedule of the program:

6:00 - 7:00 PM Origami/Face Painting

7:00 - 7:30 PM Dinner 

7:30 - 8:15 PM Clown Show

8:15 - 8:45 PM Animal Balloons

8:45 - 9:00 PM Program Ends