Pakistani lady-doctor wins prestigious international award: Dr. Saida Rasul

KARACHI- A Pakistani lady doctor – Dr Saida Rasul, who serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Section of Dentistry, at the Department of Surgery, in Aga Khan University has recently won the “Order of British Columbia 2015″, the province’s highest form of recognition and a prestigious accolade, for her community services.



According to media reports; Dr Saida is a volunteer at AKU where she has applied her professional expertise to build capacity, set up dental clinics and develop preventive dental programmes as part of the University Hospital system operating in East Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Order of British Columbia: Best of British Columbia bestowed with Province’s highest honour including Dr. Saida Rasul

Order of British Columbia:  Best of British Columbia (BC) bestowed with Province’s highest honour <br>Order of British Columbia - 2015 Laureates <br />  Standing (Left to Right): Lorne R. Segal (2014); Barry Lapointe; Chief Robert Joseph; Al B. Etmanski; Kerry Dennehy; Tim Collings; Dr. Ron Burnett; Don R. Lindsay (2014); Jim Shepard; Sing Lim Yeo <br />  Seated (Left to Right): Dr. Saida Rasul; Rudolph North (2014); Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia; Ginny Dennehy; Her Honour The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor; The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier; Jane Dyson; Norman Rolston; Hari Varshney; Tamara Taggart; Melvin Zajac
Order of British Columbia – 2015 Laureates
Standing (Left to Right): Lorne R. Segal (2014); Barry Lapointe; Chief Robert Joseph; Al B. Etmanski; Kerry Dennehy; Tim Collings; Dr. Ron Burnett; Don R. Lindsay (2014); Jim Shepard; Sing Lim Yeo
Seated (Left to Right): Dr. Saida Rasul; Rudolph North (2014); Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia; Ginny Dennehy; Her Honour The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor; The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier; Jane Dyson; Norman Rolston; Hari Varshney; Tamara Taggart; Melvin Zajac

“For 26 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized the remarkable accomplishments and efforts by extraordinary British Columbians. 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.”

– British Columbia Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon

Honourable Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark
Honourable Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark

“The Order of British Columbia recognizes British Columbians whose positive impact is felt throughout the province and, in some cases, the world. This year’s recipients have utilized their talent and passion to make a difference … On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank them for their dedication, and all they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”

– British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark

About Dr. Saida Rasul

Dr. Saida Rasul receives 2015  Order of British Columbia
Dr. Saida Rasul receives 2015 Order of British Columbia

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 and championed the creation of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures and Societies. With her husband, Firoz, Saida’s philanthropy includes gifts of nearly $12 million to the BC Cancer Agency, Simon Fraser University (SFU), University British Columbia (UBC), United Way and BC Children’s Hospital, among others.

Saida is a volunteer to the Aga Khan University. She has helped set up two preventive dental programs as part of the hospital systems in East Africa and in Pakistan and is working with volunteers to set up a diploma of dental hygiene program to train students 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, she has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from SFU, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and recent recognition by the British Columbia and Canadian Dental Associations.

About the Order of British Columbia

Order of British Columbia - Lapel Pin

The Order of British Columbia was established in 1989 to recognize those who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavor benefiting the people of the British Columbia or elsewhere.

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