LIFETIME / OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
DR. JAGANNATH WANI
Social worker and philanthropist
A Professor emeritus of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary, Jagannath Wani spent decades building bridges between Canada and India. He invited musicians and dancers from India to perform in Canada, helping to enrich the cultural community in his adopted home. For this, he supported a Canada-wide network of societies promoting Indian classical music and dance.
He founded Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization that relies on Canadian funds and expertise to provide essential services to India’s homeless and destitute. In a span of 29 years, the organization provided seven million dollars for assisting these less privileged. He has also produced a dozen documentaries to assist the selfl ess workers in India.
An advocate for mental health, he is a founding member of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and the Schizophrenia Awareness Association in India. To create awareness about schizophrenia, he arranged finances to produce a movie, Devrai, which received 15 awards at national and international levels, including a silver medal from the President of India in 2005. He also initiated and arranged fi nances for two other awareness movies, Ek Cup Chya (on Right to Information Act) and Doctor Baal Bolat Nahi (on problems facing the hearing impaired children).