Riaz Ravat, of the St Philip’s Centre, in Leicester, received the Leicestershire First Citizenship Award at the awards ceremony at the Guildhall in the city.
His £3,000 will be given to the St Philip’s Centre to develop its work in promoting good interfaith relations.
The award is a celebration of Riaz’s achievements both inside and outside work in strengthening interfaith dialogue and action.
Riaz is the Centre’s Faith Training Development Manager and co-ordinates the religion and belief training courses for public bodies including the police, local authorities, schools and colleges.
Riaz said: “I was stunned when I received news of this award because it is a tremendous honour to be recognised by my home county.
“Although I am the recipient of this award, I do not forget those past and present who have impacted upon my life and they must share this mark of distinction. Receiving this award makes me even more determined in my work and I look forward to pressing ahead with the interfaith agenda both locally and beyond”.
The Revd Canon Dr John Hall, director of St Philip’s Centre said, “Riaz has made an invaluable contribution to the development of St Philip’s Centre growing national and international reputation for excellence in this field is in no small part down to the groundwork and contribution Riaz has made”.