A northern Saskatchewan health care leader is up for a national award.

Northern Inter Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) Medical Health Officer Dr Nnambdi Ndubuka is a candidate for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. Ndubuka explained the national award looks to recognize immigrants to Canada for their contributions.

“It’s meant for leaders and community members within the Canadian immigrant community that have successfully went through their immigration journeys, through the hurdles and barriers and have settled and are contributing meaningfully,” he said.

Along with his work for NITHA, Ndubuka is also up for recognition as he is an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine. Besides his work in medicine, Ndubuka is as well on the list for his work as a soccer coach and service as president of Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association. In the past Ndubuka has been recognized for his work in a range of different areas with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Award.

Currently Ndubuka is on a list with 75 other candidates and voting is now underway online to get that list down to 25 people. Anyone with an email address is able to vote in the competition.

Ndubuka has been living in Canada since 2011, when he and his family immigrated from Nigeria. He became a Canadian citizen in 2016. The NITHA medical health officer said he is appreciative of having the chance to live and work where he does in Prince Albert.

“I’ve been very, very fortunate to continue to live and work in Treaty Six territory the traditional territory of the Cree people and the homeland of the Métis and I am really very grateful,” he said.

Voting for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards is going until June 9.

(Top Photo: Dr. Nnambdi Ndubuka. Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Medical Association Twitter.)