Assemblymember Quirk Honors Moina Shaiq at Women of the Year Ceremony in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Moina Shaiq at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.
“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively reflect on the strides women have made in our communities and how they have changed history. Moreover, I hope that this ceremony serves to inspire young women,” said Assemblymember Quirk.
Moina is a dedicated community activist who volunteers with countless organizations; the Alameda County Human Relations Commission, Muslim Support Network, Muslim Spiritual Care Program, Community Ambassadors Program for seniors (CAPS), Tri City Interfaith Council, and the Tri City Democratic Club. She is founder of the Bay Area’s “Meet a Muslim” program, designed to educate people about common misunderstandings surrounding the Muslim community.
“I am humbled by this recognition. My life's work to create love, understanding, acceptance and peace is guided by a desire to leave behind a better world for my children. I am thankful Assemblymember Quirk selected me to be recognized at this wonderful ceremony,” stated Moina.
“I have worked with Moina on a number of issues over the last few years. None has felt more rewarding than the work we did to recognize the achievements and contributions of the Muslim community. At a time when tensions continue to rise, hate threats continue to escalate, I commend and admire Moina for all the work she has done to create a more tolerant world. Her work extends well beyond the borders of my district. Moina is well deserving of this recognition,” Assemblymember Quirk said.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is a member of the Agriculture, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees. He is also Chair of the Select-Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy.