KOKSHETAU – On April 29, a regional forum of the “My Country’s Destiny Is My Destiny” campaign was held in Kokshetau as part of a national programme showcasing the achievements of prominent citizens of Kazakhstan.
The programme was launched in Yereimentau in the Akmola region in February It provides a platform to celebrate the life’s work and heroic actions of people throughout society. Those honoured included prominent public and political figures, representatives of government agencies, creative and scientific intelligentsia, leaders in ethnic and cultural groups, war and labour veterans, diplomats and security officers, famous athletes and youth leaders. After three months of regional forums throughout the Akmola region the most eminent participants were invited to the gathering in Kokshetau.
Among those honoured were: Azamat Zhumadilov, a recipient of the Khalyk Kaһarmany (People’s Hero) Order and a student at the National University of Defense; Bolat Zhanadilov, a honoured citizen of Kokshetau and the head of the museum of Akmola Regional Hospital, whose efforts have been recognised with the Kurmet (Honour) Order; Vyacheslav Mironov, director of the Akmola branch of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan State Railways); Askar Kiikov, director of the Yenbek Bereke Company also recognised by the Kurmet (Honour) Order; Gerikhan Yandiyev, chairman of the Vainakh Chechen-Ingush ethnic and cultural centre;Valeria Lukoshenko, head of the Gagarin Secondary School in Stepnogorsk; and Dina Khamza, director of the Shanyrak Zhetysu Centre.
Dr. Zhanadilov is an eminent physician who has saved many lives. He also played a major role in setting up the Kazakh Lyceum and the Kazakh Drama Theatre. Now, in retirement, he heads the regional Diagnostic Centre, sits on the board of the State Fund of Historical and Cultural Heritage for the Akmola region and is involved in constructing a new mosque in Kokshetau and organising the 300th anniversary celebration of Khan Abylai. He has two sons and three grandchildren and this year celebrates 50 years of marriage with his wife Zarya Zhanadilova.
Kiikov was honoured for his achievements in the field of agriculture. In 2012, he was listed among “The Most Prominent People of Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus” and in “Who’s Who” in Kazakhstan. His company is recognized as a pioneering example of successful modern farming techniques and it has pioneered satellite system for monitoring of crops in Kazakhstan.
Mironov has worked in the railway industry for almost 40 years. He is a regional deputy, a member of the ruling Nur Otan Party (NDP) and a member of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK). He is also the president of the Akmola region’s Ice Hockey Federation and president of the Arlan hockey club and has received letters of thanks from President Nursultan Nazarbayev and from the Supreme Mufti of Kazakhstan for his role in the construction of three mosques. His company has also sponsored orphanages in the Sandyktau and Stepnogorsk regions and restored Shokan Ualikhanov Square and monument in Kokshetau.
The youngest of the Khalyk Kaharmany, or People’s Heroes, was 29-year-old Zhumadilov who rescued four people from a fire in Ushtobe, Almaty region in 2007. The young soldier saw the fire, broke down the gates, and pulled out two young boys, a girl student and their mother.
The honourees had a common message for the audience. “To achieve your goals, you need to live in peace and harmony,” they said.
“It is a great happiness for me to work for the benefit of future generations, to contribute to the development of the state, which is now doing everything in order to open up new opportunities that our parents could not even imagine,” Lukoshenko said. “My personal success is the success of my parents, relatives and friends, all of my countrymen, my country.”
“I am proud of my country, not only because we all live here in peace, but also because Kazakhstan is moving forward firmly, conquering one peak after another,” Lukoshenko said. In the 21 years of our independence, our country has become universally acknowledged and has taken a worthy place in the world community. Today it is one of the most democratic republics in the Asian region. Our president is recognized as one of the best politicians in the world. All this gives us confidence in the future. And I am convinced that the younger generation has a great future.”
Summarizing the results of the forum, Akmola Region Governor Kosman Aytmukhametov said, “We are proud that our land has raised such great people as Shokan Ualikhanov, Birzhan sal, Akan seri, Iman Zhusup Kutpanov, Malik Gabdullin and Erkin Auelbekov.
“In all the impressive achievements of the Akmola region lies the great work of our fellow countrymen, for whom the destiny of the country is their destiny.”
Aytmukhametov noted that over the past decade, more than 500 Akmola regional residents had been recognised by Kurmet, Parasat, Barys and Otan orders as well as Yeren enbegі ushin and Shapagat medals.
“The stories of today’s heroes have become for all of us a worthy example of selfless service to our country. They once again prove to us that the strength of our country’s unity and competitiveness is built from human capital and health of the nation,” he said.