Herndon: Naila Alam, a dynamic 2 times elected Councilwoman of the Town of Herndon, USA, has achieved a significant milestone by successfully leading the recognition of Pakistan Independence Day within the community. Her unwavering dedication to promoting cultural awareness, inclusivity, and unity has led to the proclamation of August 14th as Pakistan Independence Day in the Town of Herndon. Naila Alam’s visionary leadership and deep commitment to her constituents have been evident throughout her tenure as a two-time elected Councilwoman.
As a proud Pakistani American Muslim, Alam recognized the importance of commemorating Pakistan Independence Day, known as Youm-e-Azadi, which marks the anniversary of Pakistan’s liberation from British rule in 1947.
Alam’s initiative to establish Pakistan Independence Day as an official celebration within the Town of Herndon has garnered widespread admiration and support. Through her tireless efforts, Alam proposed the proclamation of this significant day to her fellow council members and Mayor Sheila A. Olem, who wholeheartedly embraced the idea. The result is a proclamation that not only recognizes the historical importance of Pakistan Independence Day but also celebrates the vibrant contributions of Pakistani Americans to the community.
Mayor Sheila Olem expressed her appreciation for Naila Alam’s dedication and leadership in this endeavor, and stated, “The Town of Herndon takes great pride in being the home of many Pakistani Americans and on this occasion our community celebrates the hopes, dreams, and vital contributions of Americans of Pakistani origin across all aspects of our society. This proclamation serves as a testament to our shared values of inclusivity, respect, and celebration of cultural heritage.”
Naila Alam’s remarkable achievement underscores the power of grassroots leadership in fostering understanding and appreciation among diverse communities. Her efforts have not only established a new tradition in the Town of Herndon but have also strengthened the bonds of unity among its residents.
Naila Alam remarked, “I am honored to have played a role in initiating the recognition of Pakistan Independence Day in our community. This proclamation serves as a bridge between cultures and a reminder that our shared values are stronger than our differences. I am grateful for the support of Mayor Sheila Olem and my fellow council members in making this vision a reality.”
Alam’s journey in public service started as an advocate for change when she established and continues to manage the nonprofit organization Express Care, a venture that has been active since 2003. Notably, this organization’s efforts have gained recognition and acclaim from the White House itself, including esteemed honors like the Honor of Hope Award, the Champion of Compassion Award, and the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award presented by President Joe Biden. Express Care’s impactful initiatives have significantly aided low-income families, immigrants, and refugees by providing them with crucial support and vital resources.