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Updated: October 3, 2022 / 2022 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40:Taking a leadership role in the nonprofit health field

Photo / Tim Greenway Abdikhadar Shire is founder and co-executive director at AK Health and Social Services.
Abdikhadar Shire, 32  Founder and co-executive director, AK Health and Social Services. Click here to see all 40 Under 40 honorees.  
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Significant professional accomplishment: Founding a successful charity organization; Bates College Harward Center 2022 Community Partner Award for Outstanding New Initiatives; helping found the AK Collaborative.

Passion project: The “Outspoken Allies of the Immigrant” and BIPOC community awards, which honor professionals and social service agencies who provide exceptional support to the most disadvantaged members of our Lewiston and Auburn community.

Audacious goal: To grow the nonprofit, pay it forward and leave a legacy for the community.

Favorite quote: “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” — Nelson Mandela

Influential book: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” This book is special to me because as I was learning how to read my mother would read it to me every evening after school.

Favorite TV shows: “Friends,” “Lost,” “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad”

How do you recharge: Finding a new challenge and running, running, running.

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