…How She Turned Tragedy To Service to Humanity.
When confronted with misfortune or tragedy, most people are more likely to bemurn the bad hand fate have dealth them and end up living in misery and by contagion making people around them also sharing in their misery.
However, there are these rear breed man and women who dig deep into that deep well of fortitude and innate human kindness turn their misfortunes to a blessengs not for just themselves but for humanity at large. These exceptional peaple often do this by not dwelling on the tragedy but cause of such and turn their energy to correct these root causes and working to make sure the wold is rid of such causes
One of such exceptional human beings who today is been celebreted on the global stage as a heroione for her service in health advocacy.
Before her recent honor by the Government General of Canada the Her Excellency Rt.Hon. Julie Payette with a nomination for one of the highest National Honors in Canada,
t’s been a season of honours for a couple of years for this fontline Canadian-Nigerian SCD advocate
In a letter dated June 29, 2020, signed by Her Excellency, the Rt Hon Julie Payette, Governor-General of Canada, Mrs. Tunji-Ajayi was nominated for a Meritorious Service Medal for her advocacy work in the area of health.
The letter states, inter alia, that the Nigerian-born Canadian citizen is now to have the letters M.S.M after her name. This marks a crowning recognition of Mrs. Tunji-Ajayi’s SCD advocacy spanning nearly two decades.
The Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. They recognize remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts.
The seeds of Mrs. Tunji-Ajayi’s global SCD advocacy were sown in Nigeria, what with having a younger brother living with sickle cell anaemia. By the time her brother, an Electrical Engineer with the then General Hospital, Ikeja, passed away, Lanre had moved to Canada to join her husband, Elder Timothy Tunji-Ajayi.
She quickly established the Seed of Life Philanthropic Organization, which later morphed into the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO). Later, the distinguished SCD advocate helped found the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada (SCDAC), and served as its pioneer President/CEO.
In 2017, she received the Canadian Senate 150 Award in recognition of her work around Newborn screening and the enactment of June 19 as National SCD Awareness day.
In 2018, with her husband in attendance, Mrs. Tunji-Ajayi received an award as one of 100 Most Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
From Canada, Mrs. Tunji-Ajayi moved to the global stage with the launch of the umbrella body for sickle cell organizations worldwide. The Global Alliance of Sickle Cell Disease Organizations (GASCDO) was launched in February 2020 in The Netherlands.