VICTORIA - In front of friends, family and a room full of distinguished guests, UBC Board of Governors member David Sidoo and 15 other exceptional civic leaders were recognized Tuesday at Government House with the Province's highest honour, the Order of British Columbia.
"For 27 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized exceptional individuals whose hard work, generosity of spirit and outstanding achievements have contributed immeasurably to the wellbeing of our communities," Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon said. "I extend my congratulations to this year's recipients and thank them for inspiring all of us with their efforts to build a healthy, diverse and inclusive province for generations to come."
"British Columbia's greatest strength is British Columbians - people who use their talents and passions to make a difference both here at home and, in many cases, around the world," Premier Christy Clark said. "On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank this year's recipients for their dedication, and everything they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family."
The BC Gov't released this statement on David Sidoo:
Sporting legend and successful investment banker David Sidoo has leveraged his success to become a leading philanthropist and a catalyst for improving the lives of many British Columbians through his support of many programs.
The first person of Indian descent to play professional football, Sidoo led the UBC Thunderbirds to an undefeated season and first-ever Vanier Cup national championship in 1982. He then played five years in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
After retiring from professional sports, he went on to build several companies in the energy sector and has been a founding shareholder of many start-ups.
He has been most impactful in making a difference in the lives of youth all across British Columbia. David and his wife, Manjy, started Sidoo Family Giving, an organization actively involved in the community for the betterment of families and at-risk youth of all ages, specifically supporting children's breakfast programs, children's cancer research, mentoring programs, teenage sports programs and community scholarships. Additionally the Sidoo Family Athletics Endowment is the largest of its kind at UBC.
In 2015, Sidoo was recognized by UBC as one of the top 100 outstanding alumni and also honoured with a Navigator award for being one of the eminent leaders in the South-Asian community. He has been inducted both into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame and the British Columbia Football Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Bob Ackles award. Internationally, Sidoo is a recipient of the Global Punjabi Society Excellence in Entrepreneurship award and the NRI Institute Pride of India Philanthropy award.
With files from the Government of British Columbia