Lewis Perinbam Award

Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development 2016

The Lewis Perinbam Award Trustees and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) are pleased to announce that that a winner has been selected for the 2016 Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development, Abraam Isaac. We offer our warm congratulations to Abraam.

This year’s winner will be announced at the Awards Soiree of the International Forum, on Friday January 20, 2016 in Montreal. The recipient will receive a monetary award of $5000 towards their volunteer work.

About the Lewis Perinbam Award

The award recognizes significant volunteer efforts that:

  • improve people’s lives in the developing world;
  • engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action; and
  • offer new ways of thinking about and/or addressing development challenges.

The award commends individuals who make a noteworthy volunteer contribution to international development, rather than paid professionals in this arena. However, paid professionals who make a significant voluntary effort are also eligible for the Lewis Perinbam Award.

Nominations for the 2017 Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development will open in Spring 2017.


2016 Winner  

Abraam Isaac

Abraam Isaac

Abraam Isaac is the co-founder and co-executive director of Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange), a non-profit organization with the mandate of improving the quality of life and security of vulnerable populations worldwide through sustainable models of development. Through his involvement with ICChange, Abraam has been instrumental in the development and implementation of several projects in various health related fields, including water and sanitation, electronic medical records and health informatics, and trauma and injury prevention and treatment. ICChange’s work has been recognized and funded by several national and international organizations, including Grand Challenges Canada, the International Development Research Centre and the Clinton Global Initiative. Abraam’s work with the world’s disadvantaged has taken him many parts of the world, including East Africa and Southeast Asia. He has had the opportunity to work closely with remote rural populations, low-income communities in some of Africa’s largest slums, and refugees on the Thai-Burma border.

Abraam received his medical degree in 2010 from the University of Alberta. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases, he joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta as a staff consultant.

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About Lewis Perinbam

Lewis Perinbam Lewis Perinbam, O.C. (1925-2007) was admired and appreciated for his vast contributions to Canadian participation in development. Mr. Perinbam, who was born in Malaysia and educated in Scotland, was committed to sharing his knowledge of the developing world with Canadians who wanted to make a difference. He was the founding Executive Director of CUSO, the first full time Secretary-General of the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO and was for many years the General Secretary and CEO of World University Service of Canada (WUSC). 

Joining the Canadian International Development Agency in 1969, he became the founding Director General of the Non-government Organizations Division, which he both pioneered and championed in the Agency and was later named Vice President, Special Programs - now the Canadian Partnership Branch. He continued to be sought after for important leadership and consultative roles. He led the Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Public Service, whose 2000 report won respect - and generated change - throughout government and industry. 

In October 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Perinbam served on numerous NGO Boards of Directors and was a longstanding advisor to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

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