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Manmeet Bhullar recipient of Calgary Board of Education Legacy Award

Bhullar is the second recipient of the award, recognized for his contributions in the community

Manmeet Bhullar passed away after he was hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded motorist on the Queen Elizabeth 2 highway last November.

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Manmeet Bhullar passed away after he was hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded motorist on the Queen Elizabeth 2 highway last November.

Manmeet Singh Bhullar will be the second recipient of the Calgary Board of Education’s (CBE) Legacy Award.

The CBE Legacy Award celebrates public education in Calgary and individuals who have contributed to the community.

Bhullar is being recognized for his passion for youth, justice, and education. He was announced as the CBE's second recipient of the award Monday. 

Tarjinder Bhullar said she's thankful to CBE for the honour.

“Manmeet would have been humbled by this award. We hope the importance he placed on education will continue to inspire children and youth in our city.” she said.

Bhullar died after he was hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded motorist on the Queen Elizabeth 2 highway last November.

Back in June, The Calgary Board of Education decided to name a new Martindale school the Manmeet Singh Bhullar School. The school is expected to open fall 2017.

Bhullar was born and went to three CBE schools in Calgary: Chief Justice Milvain School, Annie Gale School and he graduated from Lester B. Pearson High School. He was elected MLA for Calgary-Greenway in 2008 and was the youngest elected member of Alberta's 27th legislature.

In his time at the legislature, Bhullar served different roles including parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology where he worked to designate Mount Royal College as Mount Royal University. As Minister of Human Services, Bhullar lifted a publication ban allowing families of children in foster care to speak out about their experiences.

The award will be presented on Nov. 29 at noon, during a public board meeting at the CBE Education Centre. Members of Bhullar’s family will accept the award on his behalf.

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