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Jim Maloway, MLA Elmwood
December 4, 2013

Albert El Tassi

Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to take this opportunity to congratulate a fellow Winnipegger and good friend, Mr. Albert El Tassi. Already a recipient of the Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba, today we congratulate him on his recent appointment to the official rank of Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He is here in the gallery with his son, Mohamed.

The installation ceremony at Minto Armouries on November the 9th was impressive in every respect with its formal parade and ceremony. My colleague, the member for Assiniboia (Mr. Rondeau), can attest to that.

At the ceremony, Albert paid tribute to his family: wife, Samira; son, Mohamed; and daughter‑in-law, Lina El Tassi; his daughters, Mirriam, Omaiya and Aiche; and his sons-in-law, Samir Tassi, Mohammed Souied and Terek El Tassi; and, of course, his 16 grandchildren. Albert always makes it clear his family is his greatest blessing.

Albert is also the CEO at Peerless Garments, a local garment manufacturer that employs a hundred Winnipeggers.

Albert works tirelessly to promote under­standing, tolerance and respect. His community commitments include serving as a board member of Winnipeg Foundation, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. He's also a major fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation and also the co-founder of Alhijra Islamic School. Albert has served on the Royal Winnipeg Rifles' board for the past two years. In October of this year, Albert was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Manitoba.

Born in Lebanon, Albert considers it his honour to have the privilege of making Winnipeg his home for his family.

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of all members of this House, I would like to congratulate Albert on his continuing contributions to making Manitoba a great place to live.