It’s not easy keeping up with Moina Shaiq.
One day after state Sen. Ellen Corbett named the 49-year-old Fremont resident Woman of the Year, she was up at the crack of dawn, attending a fundraising breakfast for the Tri-City Homeless Coalition, which she serves as vice president.
From there, it was off to a volunteer event at the Fremont Senior Center, followed by a visit to Kaiser hospital, where she has started a program to make sure hospital workers are meeting the spiritual and material needs of Muslim patients.
And finally, she escorted her daughter’s Girl Scout troop to a local animal hospital to help them earn a pet-care badge.
“I’m so totally booked,” Shaiq said. “I have to look at my planner every morning — and again twice a day — so I don’t forget anything.”
Shaiq has received most of her accolades for her work with the Muslim Support Network, an elder support group, which she co-founded, but Shaiq also has ties to several other local nonprofits: She is a board member of the Washington Hospital Foundation and the Fremont Alliance for a Hate Free Community. She also chairs Fremont’s Human Relations Commission and is a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society.
“Moina is an incredible woman who has dedicated her life to her family and community,” Corbett said in a prepared statement. “She is an inspiration to so many people.”
Shaiq said she was humbled by the award, and especially pleased that, to her knowledge, it’s the first time a Muslim has received it.