They have diverse backgrounds and research interests, but three of Canada’s newest 11 Rhodes Scholars have something in common.
By Geoff McMaster – November 23, 2015: Excerpt: Zia Saleh is a medical student who has aspired to becoming “an agent of change” since he was a child. He and his brother were raised by a single mother in Edmonton’s Ismaili Muslim community, where service is seen as a “duty and a critical part of one’s purpose in life,” says Saleh.
He started volunteering at an early age for Scouts Canada and the Ismaili Volunteer Corps, and soon took on coaching sports. “Slowly I began to have this thirst for larger-scale impact.”
Saleh won a Loran Award, given to 30 youth across Canada who demonstrate character, service and leadership. It provided him with internships in education provision in rural Uganda, public health and UN policy in Switzerland and management consulting in Canada.