CHEBOUD, Dr. Elias Elias died very suddenly while working outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia doing what he loved: working for peace alongside colleagues from around the globe. Words cannot express the depth of our shock and the loss to his family, to the University of Victoria and University of Peace in Addis Ababa, and to the peace building continent of Africa, the country of Ethiopia and communities in Canada. This is a huge tragedy, both personally for all his family and friends and politically for the communities he selflessly served. Elias was a BSW graduate from UVic (1996) and in 2001 he obtained his PhD in Education at UVic. He taught here at UVic, at Dalhousie University, in the United Arab Emirates and in Addis Ababa at the School of Social Work, the Department of Gender Studies, and the Centre for Peace and Security. He influenced many fortunate students and staff in the Schools of Social Work and far beyond, through his efforts in peace building and linking UVic with his beloved Ethiopia. Elias was a faculty member at the United Nations University of Peace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the time of his death. (See the Ring 2001 and HSD Connections 2010 for additional information). He is survived by his two good sons Sirrak and Bini and their mom Neena, his brother Eshetu and family and friends here in Canada as well as his amazing mother, his sisters and extended family in Ethiopia. There will be a memorial service to honour the life of our remarkable colleague and friend Dr. Elias Cheboud (1959-2010) at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 20th at the Interfaith Chapel of the University of Victoria. Colleagues, alumni, family and friends are invited to come together to remember him at the memorial event noted above. In lieu of flowers donations would be gratefully accepted for Elias' Ethiopian family and his work there. For further information contact Donna Barker School of Social Work 250-721-8036 or Professor Barb Whittington 250-721-8044 firstname.lastname@example.org. His close colleagues and friends around the world will do our best to continue the work of building bridges and making peace in practical, political and personal ways. 612950
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Dec. 18, 2010.