Dr. Elias Cheboud
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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 bwhittin@uvic.ca. 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

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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Dec. 18, 2010.
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January 20, 2021
Elias was a good friend .I remember him for his kindness and brilliance.we miss him greatly.

Fikre
Friend
November 2, 2011
I just found out today that Professor Elias passed way. I am deeply saddened as he was such an amazing and warm man. He loved his family and country so much. I actually wanted to thank Professor Elias for planting the seed to allow me to obtain my MSW. I completed it this year and Professor Elias has been on my mind. My heart and thoughts go towards his wife, sons and family. Rest well and thank you for your impact in this world.

Jennifer (Agyeiwaah) Osei-Appiah Sodiya, Brampton, Ontario
Jennifer Osei-Appiah
September 26, 2011
may god bless his soul.
tariknew belante
September 23, 2011
Peace be with you Elias. You're an amazing individual and great teacher. Many thanks for the inspiration, compassion and wisdom you imparted to all of the students at the University of Victoria throughout your career.
Anonymous
February 24, 2011
I was really shocked and deeply saddened to hear the death of Dr Elias. It is
really unfortunate and painful to suddenly miss such a VERY KIND, HUMOROUS and
DEDICATED colleague.
“A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts
to prove to us, He only takes the best”
Wondwossen Asefa
January 23, 2011
I knew Elias as a personal friend, brother and colleague. I still fail to come to terms with his untimely departure. Elias was a great man whose legacy will live forever. To Elias, i say, your place will be hard to fill brother. May your dearest soul rest in peace. Good people never die, they go away.
Tenday Danha
January 17, 2011
It was an honour to know Elias, and I'm saddened by the passing of a colleague who laboured for peace. Elias was an encouragement to me, and as I mourn his loss, I give thanks for the contributions he made whereever he was.
Catherine Morris
December 30, 2010
I had the extreme good fortune to be taught by Elias at UVic in the summer of 2006 while pursuing my BSW degree. His teachings changed my world view and my life, and I thank him for making me a better social worker today. During the course of the class, we discovered that his son Bini and my daughter Jacqui were friends. It was Bini who asked Jacqui to let me know the very sad news of Elias's sudden passing. My condolences to the family, and I was sorry to miss the memorial service, as I didn't know at the time the very sad news. If there is a Heaven, believe me Elias is in it!
Tracy MacRae(Pawson)
December 25, 2010
December 25, 2010

I just heard the passing away of our dearest friend, Dr. Elias Chebud. What a shocker news it was.
He was a wonderful, sympathetic, loving, caring and intelligent person. He loved his two sons so much.
He was so happy to get an opportunity to work to his birth country, Ethiopia, and to be closer to his beloved mother and extended families.
I am extending my deepest condolences to his families and friends.
May his soul rest in peace.
Rachel Getachew
December 20, 2010
I salute Elias as a hero both for Canada and Ethiopia. He sought justice and governance for his country and everybody, learned the values and ideals of Canada and went to Ethiopia to translate these values to his people through the UN programme funded by peace loving Countries like Canada, Norway, Switzerland, etc. He died in doing so and opened some eyes. May he rest in peace
Semeneh Mengesha
December 20, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting Elias and spending time with him chatting when he lived in Halifax at my best friends house. He was a wonderful man with great spirit. I was very shocked to hear about his sudden death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Kimberley Bernard
December 20, 2010
Dr. Elias Cheboud - suprise and shock!
This is a sad day for the whole world to have you no longer on this earth with us as a leader in all you have begun and nurtured for peaceful, kind, truthful relationships globally. I will imgaine your angels wings blessing the work that will be carried on by many because of how you have touched and inspired us while we walked, lived and worked together on this sweet earth. To a remarkable human being, teacher, and friend to so many around the world... I give thanks for your life, expecially to your mamma, and send deepest symapthy and best wishes to your family, especially your sons, and closest friends and collegues.
Marion Gracey
December 20, 2010
I had the pleasure of hosting Elias when he lived here in Halifax. Sharing our home with Elias was a joy and we formed a friendship. I am saddened to hear about his sudden death. My families deepest condolences. Lana MacLean-Pleasant ( Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 20, 2010
My deepest Sympathy to the family and friends of Dr.Elias Cheboud.I remeber his kind words , encouragement and pointing out the great potential you have to achieve your highest.I had a chance to know him very well when i visited Ethiopia in 2008.It was a shock and disturbing when i heard his sudden death,great loss for his family and Africa.May his soul rest in peace .I will mis him greatly
Mebrat Kebede
December 19, 2010
I will always remember Dr.Elias as person whose priority was making a difference in other people's life and educating others for excellence. He was empowering and thought us not to accept a "No" as an answer and to work hard until we achieve the "Yes"to succeed in life. I am certain that his great work will continue by great friends he inspired around the glob. Professor Elias Cheboud will be missed greatly.
Woynshet Kebede
December 18, 2010
Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Elias Cheboud. I remember him well and fondly from his years working tirelessly in the Victoria community. It was with shock and great sadness that I learned of his untimely and sudden passing. May he rest in peace.
Marianne van der Meij
December 18, 2010
Professor Elias cheboud was a great friend and mentor.He taught me that we need love to realize our full potential.
He loved his students deeply .Because he
loved He was able to provide leadership
that was meaningful and empowering.He truley belived that No person or group can be human alone.Elias enabled ethiopians in the diaspora preserve their dignity and challenged all to thrive for excellence and forgivness
I will miss Elias but feel reassured that his many friends around the globe who will continue his good work .
May his soul rest in peace.I will miss
him greatly.
Fikre Germa
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