Citizens:mk is delighted to learn that former Co-Chair Kurshida Mirza has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her interfaith contribution to Milton Keynes through Trubys Garden Tea Room and the Great Get Together Iftar.
Married with two children and living in Milton Keynes since 1990, Kurshida has a research, policy and strategy background working within local and central government. She held many portfolios in Government including leading on housing for vulnerable and older people, community engagement, tackling worklessness and homelessness.
As well as being former Co-Chair of Citizens:mk, Kurshida is Chair for MK Community Foundation and founder of Trubys Garden Tea Room – MK’s interfaith cafe and the Midlands Chair for Housing Learning and Information Network (a learning and improvement network connecting housing, health and care). Kurshida is also the founder of the Great Get Together Iftar MK which brings people from all faiths and the wider community to join Muslims during Ramadan to break the fast. The Great Get Together Iftar and Trubys Interfaith Cafe are both growing from strength to strength with a huge following in MK as a conduit for positive dialogue between Muslims and the wider community.
Kurshida said: “I am truly humbled by this recognition. All thanks is to Allah and the success of both Trubys Garden Tea Room and the Great Get Together Iftar are because of all our volunteers and partners who work tirelessly throughout the year.”