CTV News Saskatoon announced on December 31, 2015 that Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra has been named the Saskatoon Citizen of the Year for 2015.

A distinguished medical professor and former head of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and a clinician with Saskatoon Health Region, Dr. Kalra has been heavily involved in the multicultural community in Saskatoon for decades.

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Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra has been named the Saskatoon Citizen of the Year for 2015.

“In addition to his award-winning medical research, for more than 25 years, Dr. Kalra has been a passionate community builder and leader,” said David Fisher, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Saskatchewan. “Focused on promotion, recognition, and celebration of cultural diversity in our area, Dr. Kalra’s efforts have strengthened the community in ways that will have a positive impact for generations to come.”

“I’m passionate about serving the community as their servant,” Kalra told Angelina Irinici of CTV News Saskatoon.

A pioneer in the field of biochemistry research, Kalra immigrated to Canada from India 44 years ago. Since then, he has been active in the promotion and recognition of cultural diversity in our community, along with the education of multicultural issues in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. As such, he has been involved in several organizations dedicated to the cultural and social health of Saskatoon, such as the Rotary Club and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. He has served as chair and board member of the Hindu Society of Saskatchewan, president of Saskatoon Folk Fest, the Multicultural Council of Saskatoon, and the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association.

“We need to celebrate our common areas,” he told CTV. “Also we need to learn about what our differences are.”

He’s won nearly 30 awards for his work, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and Saskatchewan Centennial Leadership Award for outstanding contribution to the province. He’s also had a street named after him in Saskatoon.

Kalra was nominated for the award by David Parkinson, due to his “combination of warmth and personal values, with a strong sense of planning and organization. He has these in amazing balance,” Parkinson told CTV News.

The Saskatoon Citizen of the Year award presented by CTV is an annual tradition now in its 49th year. Each November, CTV accepts nominations from viewers for the Saskatoon Citizen of the Year award, and names an individual who exemplifies excellence in community service at the end of December.

According to CTV Saskatoon, Dr. Kalra will receive the award at a reception in early 2016.

Watch the announcement and story about Dr. Kalra.