Spotlighting Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka: A Dedicated Community Leader and Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal
- April 25, 2023
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On a Friday evening at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, over 30 citizens from Prince Albert and surrounding districts were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, including Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, a prominent community figure who has devoted his life to helping others.
As a public health physician in Prince Albert, Dr. Ndubuka currently leads the implementation of public health programs in 33 First Nation communities across Northern Saskatchewan as part of his role with the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority. Through his persistent advocacy for social determinants, anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion, Ndubuka has made significant contributions to improving population health and wellbeing in Saskatchewan.
In addition, he holds a cross-appointment at the School of Public Health and is an associate professor at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Ndubuka is passionate about research, teaching, and sharing knowledge across generations. He also serves as the national president of the Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD), having established the CANPAD Mentorship program in 2020 to facilitate personal and professional development among international medical graduates in Canada. Beyond his medical practice, Ndubuka is dedicated to community service and has held leadership roles in organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Prince Albert Multicultural Council.
Dr. Ndubuka’s contributions to the community have been recognized locally and nationally. He has received the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award twice and was awarded the Rotary International Presidential Citation Award for outstanding leadership and service above self in 2018. With the awarding of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, his selflessness and commitment to community service have been recognized on a larger scale.
The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal is a prestigious award given to notable Canadians who have significantly benefited their communities and the nation as a whole. Dr. Ndubuka’s unwavering commitment to civic engagement and his services to the city of Prince Albert embody the spirit of this award. His leadership fortifies and uplifts our communities, and this award serves as a reminder of the importance of community service and the transformative impact it can have on others.
During the award ceremony, Randy Hoback, the Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, mentioned that the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal has particular significance this year as it is the final one to be awarded during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. For Dr. Ndubuka and the other recipients, this award serves not only as recognition of their contributions but also as a reminder of the importance of community service and the transformative impact it can have on others.
Dr. Ndubuka has also been recognized as a finalist for the 2023 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, a prestigious national award that honors the outstanding achievements and contributions of Canadian immigrants. Voting is open until June 9th, and you can visit https://canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants/vote to cast your vote for Dr. Ndubuka.