Dr. Saida Rasul named Order of British Columbia 2015

Dr Saida RasulThe latest round of recipients to the province’s highest form of recognition, the Order of British Columbia (O.B.C.) were announced on Friday by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon.

“For 26 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized the remarkable accomplishments and efforts by extraordinary British Columbians,” said Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon. “This year we honour British Columbians from a variety of fields, each recipient illustrating the positive difference just one person can make in the lives of many.”

Dr. Saida Rasul
Dr. Saida Rasul is a dentist and community volunteer focused on the improvement of the lives of the less fortunate in British Columbia and in many other countries. During her tenure on the board of governors of SFU, Saida stewarded capital projects in excess of $200 million. She was on the front line for securing the Centre for Performing Arts on Hastings Street in Vancouver. Saida championed the creation of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures and Societies at SFU by making a substantial financial contribution and chairing the fundraising campaign for the centre. With her husband, Firoz, Saida’s philanthropy includes gifts to the BC Cancer Agency, SFU, UBC, United Way and BC Children’s Hospital, among others. Their total philanthropic giving over the years amounts to nearly $12 million.

Saida is a volunteer to the Aga Khan University where she has applied her professional expertise to help set up two preventive dental programs as part of the hospital systems operating in East Africa and in Pakistan. It is complemented by distance learning with faculty at Canadian and American universities to help upgrade skills of local practitioners. She is working with a team of volunteers to set up a diploma of dental hygiene program at the Aga Khan University to train students from East Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan who will go back and improve the oral health and general health of their rural communities.In recognition of her sustained community contributions over three decades, SFU conferred an honorary Doctor of Law to Saida. She also received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal as well as recent recognition by the British Columbia and Canadian Dental Associations for her contribution to the profession.


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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

7 thoughts

  1. Well deserved. Such an amazingly wonderful woman. Our community is very proud of this ever smiling, humble and very elegant woman. She is a role model for women across the globe.


  2. Hi Dr. Saida Rasul you deserve the diamond you are a very special person and you touch many hearts. Almighty God bless you!!!!!


  3. My Heartfelt, Sincere and Warm Congratulations to Saida for being honoured by British Columbia for her remarkable and dedicated work in Dentistry and Volunteer work in the Aga Khan University. It is earnest hope, and prayer, that She continues, her Volunteer Work, and she, is further honoured internationally, and nationally, for her dedicated hard work, in all her noble activities. May Hazar Imam’s showered, and choicest, blessings be with her always, and we pray, that she is blessed with eternal happiness, Peace, Longevity, and Good Health, in all her activities. Saida, is a Role Model, for Women from all parts of the globe. It, is my hope, that People, from all Professions, would follow her example, and one day, become leaders in their Profession as Saida has done. Once again, Saida, may God’s showered, and choicest, blessings, be with you, always, in your dedicated, and noble work. Warm Regards and Jazak Allah Keher. Amyn Chatoor – Sri Lanka.


  4. Heartiest congratulations to Dr. Saida. A most deserved recognition for her generous endeavours in the effort to uplift the lives of the deserving on our Planet. Thank you Saida and YAM from Australia.


  5. Congratulations Saida, your unwavering work and time has not gone unnoticed, your husband Firoz too has done remarkably well too and am proud to see so many of my brothers and sisters achieving what our Beloved Imam wants and needs our support. Had once seen you on TV ‘Focus on Women’ interview by Sushma Dutt long time ago.


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