The award recognizes significant volunteer efforts that:
- improve people’s lives in the developing world;
- engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action;
- 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 Lewis Perinbam Award are open until October 11, 2016. This year’s winner will be invited to receive the award at the 2016 International Forum. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $5,000 towards their volunteer work.
Download the nomination form. https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.wusc.ca/WUSCwebsite/LP_nomination_form_2016.pdf
2015 Winner: Alastair Summerlee
Alastair James Scott Summerlee, LLD, BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
Former President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Guelph, Canada
Executive Director of FundtheFood, Kirchner Group, USA
Professor Biomedical Science
A passionate humanitarian, dedicated teacher, and internationally renowned researcher, Alastair Summerlee served as president of the University of Guelph in 2003-14. Summerlee spent six years on the board of the World University Service of Canada where he became involved in humanitarian issues in the refugee camps in Kenya. He has championed hunger and poverty alleviation strategies and galvanized the community at the University of Guelph to take action against hunger, and to raise money and awareness of issues as diverse as cancer, disability and mental illness. He has been part of the international movement to unite universities worldwide in fighting hunger and poverty.
In receipt of a number of awards and honours, Summerlee is currently the Lead Researcher for Lucky Iron Fish™ an invention that has the potential to improve the health and livelihoods of 3.5 billion people suffering from iron deficiency. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, written about teaching and teaching practice, advocated in the media for better conditions for people in refugee camps and is regularly invited to speak on teaching, research and community engagement.