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Community Service Award 2018

Dr. Naweed Syed, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. Recipient of the 2018 Faculty Association Community Service Award.

– By Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President –

I would like to congratulate, on behalf of all Faculty Association members, the recipient of the 2018 Community Service Award, Dr. Naweed Syed from the Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. The Award was presented to Dr. Syed at an event on March 6, 2018.

The Community Service Award recognizes a member of the Faculty Association of the University of Calgary who has provided exceptional service to the community and has gone above and beyond the requirements of the person’s position. This person has thus made an outstanding contribution of personal time and effort for the benefit of others. Special emphasis is placed on those service activities that involve outreach to the community beyond the University and activities that go beyond the regular duties of the academic staff member. In this context, service may include volunteer work, as well as educational outreach or the application of research and other scholarly activities in the community.

Dr. Syed is a recent recipient of the Canada-150 Medal, one of the highest honours bestowed by the Senate, and has been recognized broadly and internationally for his community service and outstanding contributions to society-at-large. The community work of Dr. Syed is far-reaching and impactful. Below is a brief overview of Dr. Syed’s community service activities.

His recognition with one of the highest civilian awards from the Government of Pakistan spurred Dr. Syed to use this honour to support hundreds of children impacted by terrorism. A CBC news article on his efforts can be found here. He is working with other international organizations in Pakistan such as the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the Canada Pakistan Research and Development Council on improving access to vaccinations and better equipping ambulances in that country.

In Calgary, Dr. Syed has led a significant fundraising campaign for Syrian refugees. He has held Discovery Workshops for Syrian refugee youth, exposing them to some of the most advanced research techniques in his lab at the Cumming School of Medicine. Similar workshops have been held for youth from across Calgary.

Faculty Association President, Sandra Hoenle (left) and Association Award Committee Chair, Justine Wheeler (right) present the Community Service Award to Dr. Naweed Syed.

Dr. Syed serves as the CEO of the Right to Live Foundation of Calgary – this organization serves all South Asian Communities regarding issues related to family violence and abuse of women and children. He is also involved with other Calgary organizations, including fundraising for the Calgary Food Bank and the Calgary Drop-In Centre.

Further to the activities outlined above, Dr. Syed is a well-respected academic colleague who has served on countless committees at the University of Calgary, he has provided leadership in his Department and research programs in Medicine. His academic advocacy involves outreach to the community and this past year he provided a keynote address for the March for Science in Calgary. This global initiative emphasizes the importance of research and its societal impact – ideals the Faculty Association very much supports and advocates for in its work with provincial and national partners.

Once again, I would like to congratulate Dr. Syed on this well-deserved Award.

I would also like to thank the Association Award Committee for their work: Justine Wheeler, Committee Chair (Libraries and Cultural Resources), Jason Anderson (Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine), Berndt Brenken (Mathematics and Statistics), Kaela Jubas (Werklund School of Education), and Glen Wilkinson (History).





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