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Aroni Awards, honoring individuals that gave back to their respective community.Following a successful launch in 2006, and the 2007 hosted by Canadian Idol's favorite judge Farley Flex and Hollywood actress Elle Downs, the Aroni Awards Gala returned December 7 2008 at the Atlantis Entertainment Complex at Ontario Place.
The AroniAwards Education Grants were also presented to three students who require financial aid for post-secondary schooling. These students show a strong dedication to community service, a positive outlook, and continue to persevere despite socioeconomic hardships and other obstacles.
The Aroni Awards Gala was created in honor of Aron Y. Haile, as he was exemplary in creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds. Aron Y. Haile, an African Canadian who died in 2003, at the young age of 30, was an accomplished student, entrepreneur, software developer, entertainment event planner, theater arts enthusiast, and adventurer. His willingness to mentor young students, love for people, education, and the arts gave him an avenue to forge many meaningful relations while giving back to his community. Aron believed that you should help those with good character who are applying positive effort, in assisting them to take the next step. In December, 2003 while on holidays from his role as a software developer at BMO, his short yet fulfilled life ended in a vehicular accident in Eritrea ( East Africa .)
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Roy A. Virtue
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