MISCELLANEOUS ACHIEVEMENTS OF AL DHALLA
"THE MEMOIRS OF AL DHALLA (HIS LEGACY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY)"
  • was the first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili, first Canadian-born Ismaili and first Canadian-born Muslim to pilot a fixed-wing aircraft (2009)
  • was the first Canadian-visible minority, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili, first Canadian-born Ismaili, first Canadian-born Muslim and first Canadian-Muslim to pilot a helicopter (2009)
  • was world's 44th (forty-fourth) civilian to skydive a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump; exit altitude 29,075 feet MSL (28,700 feet AGL); 2 minutes freefall; maximum freefall velocity 170 m.p.h.; minimum freefall velocity 130 m.p.h. (2008)
  • was the first Canadian-visible minority, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Canadian-Muslim to skydive from extreme high altitude (i.e. 29,075 feet) (2008)
  • was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be born in Canada (1960s).
  • was raised in a poor single-guardian immigrant family in an abusive environment with no siblings or extended family.
  • did not receive any financial support from biological parent (child support, alimony, inheritance, etc), a clear violation of Ismaili, Muslim, Canadian family law, East Indian culture and civilized human moral responsibility. 
  • experienced racism and prejudice for decades from openly blatant to subliminal, systematic and institutional.
  • denied employment, promotions, opportunities, service as a customer and social relationships by certain individuals and organizations for reasons of racism, prejudice, religious and  ethnic intolerance for decades.
  • experienced incidents of racial slurs, bullying, harassment, threats and physical assault(s) for reasons of racism by certain members of the ethnic majority for several years.
  • observed preferential treatment, favoritism and affirmative action of members (both genders) of the ethnic majority (i.e. WASP) by certain other members of the majority (i.e. WASP) for decades in various scenarios in disregard of laws, rules, fair play, ethics, seniority and merit.
  • was the first visible minority, first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili, and first Muslim to skydive in Canada (1989)
  • was the first visible minority, first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili, and first Muslim to scuba-dive in Canada (1988)
  • ran unsuccessfully for election as a university student 'senator'
  • was a former member of the Progressive Conservative (PC) political party; was the first Canadian-born Muslim and first Ismaili to be a member of this federal Canadian party.
  • was a Boy Scout as a youngster; was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be a member of Canadian Boy Scouts (1970s). 
  • is a published book author
  • was an actor in high school theatre play
  • was involved with model Parliament and model United Nations while in university
  • was involved with AIESEC international business club in university
  • was involved with 'stock market' club in university
  • used to ride a 250 cc motorcycle, drives manual (stick) and automatic
  • as a teenager and young adult worked as a golf caddy, at a fast-food restaurant chain, as a telephone telemarketer, computer data inputter, newspaper delivery boy, security guard, laborer at local fair, ski-manufacturing laborer, publication printing factory laborer, mail-room boy, posed nude for art-class students, focus group participant and ice-rink marshal; as an adult worked as a waiter, porter and bartender. 
  • saved the life of animals (one bird and a dog) in separate incidents
  • is self-made and worked hard legally for decades
  • has dated women from jewish and american backgrounds
  • has travelled to various areas in North America, Europe and the Caribbean
  • has met former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and has seen up-close in-person actor Matthew Broderick, former foreign affairs minister Barbara McDougall and various political, business and military leaders
  • has worked on a stock exchange floor; was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to work on the Toronto Stock Exchange floor (1994). 
  • is a Mensa member
  • has been a Freemason (Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite) for years  
  • was the first visible minority, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be a member and officer of Ionic Lodge, G.R.C. 25 (1993), a Freemasonic lodge in Canada.
  • was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be a member of the FreeMasons in Canada (1993).
  • was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to compete and place in the Royal Canadian Legion student speech and poetry competitions (1980s).
  • was the first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to compete and place annually in national Mathematics competition held by University of Waterloo in Canada (1980s).
  • was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to participate and raise funds for various charities in Canada (e.g. Terry Fox Run, etc.)
  • was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (1988).
  • was the first visible minority, first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be a member of two specific regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves (QYR, PWOR).
  • was the first visible minority person, first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to be trained by the Canadian Airborne Regiment.
  • was the first person of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian of East Indian ethnicity, first Canadian-born person of East Indian ethnicity, first Ismaili and first Muslim to participate in athletics in Canada - 1970s and 1980s (e.g. water-polo, track, horse-riding, shooting, archery, volleyball, basketball, baseball, weight-training, tennis, etc.)

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