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Shah Halim, a Bangladeshi, received the 'President's Award' in United States

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Shah M. Halim, former chairman of the Bangladesh Association of Houston (BAH), an expatriate Bangladeshi organizer in the state of Texas has won the US Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

The award committee selected Shah Halim for his outstanding contribution to community service, excellence in leadership, and lifelong commitment to building a strong nation.

The award was handed over to Shah M. Halim at a colorful event in Houston last week.

Senior Texas officials, Houston dignitaries, and community leaders were in attendance.

He received a certificate signed by US President Joe Biden, a crest, a commemorative coin with the President's seal, a coat pin, a champagne glass and badge, and a White House pen.

According to BAH, Shah M. Halim has played a strong role and contribution to the welfare and social development of the community through the Bangladesh Association of Houston for 25 years. He was the Chairperson of the Bangladesh Association for 6 years and has worked tirelessly and played an important role in building the Bangladesh-America Center.

In addition, he is involved in non-profit work with various international organizations, including local mainstream organizations. Through these organizations, he has played a role in social development, human rights, social justice, etc.

He has also contributed to the Houston Food Bank for several years.

During Hurricane Harvey, Shah M. Halim is helping hundreds of families as a 'Harvey Hero' by leading a team of more than 50 volunteers.

He was one of the founders of the Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (FOBANA) for the last 15 years. As FOBANA Chairperson during the Corona last year, he led organizations across the United States to raise funds for vulnerable people in North America and Bangladesh.

Shah M. Halim told: "I think this recognition is not just for me, it's for the whole Bangladeshi community. Our efforts to serve others will continue to die."

He added: "I am grateful to all the volunteer friends and organizations for this recognition. Especially, those who have been working with me for a long time.

I thank the award committee for being selected for such an honor. I am grateful to the expatriate Bangladeshi community who are always by my side."

Shah M. Halim, a resident of Gopalganj, Bangladesh, came to the United States to pursue higher education and later settled. His father, the late Shah Abdul Halim, was a social worker and vice-president of BGMEA, a leading organization of garment exporters.

Halim's family played an important role during the war of independence in 1971 and many of his ancestors have played important roles in various governmental positions.

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