Dr Catherine Receives Bikila Award

Dr. Catherine Hamlin has won the 2018 Canadian Bikila Award in Medical Treatment and Humanitarian Services category.

While receiving the award, on behalf of Dr. Catherine, in September 2018, in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Tesfaye Mamo, HFE’s A/CEO, said, “It is indeed an hour to be here and receive this distinguished award on behalf of Dr Catherine Hamlin. We are sorry that Dr Catherine is unable to join us today. She is celebrating her 95th birthday this coming January. We have fully informed her about this recognition and award, and she is so much happy.  I am sincerely conveying her greetings and thanks to you all.”


Celebrating its fifth year, the Bikila Award Ceremony has become one of the most anticipated events in the African-Canadian community calendar and drawn hundreds of attendees from within and outside of the Ethiopian-Canadian community.

Founded by few Ethiopian Diasporas living in Canada, Bikila Award aims at recognizing those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Ethiopians using their knowledge, expertise, entrepreneurship and humanitarian services. The Award honors the memory of the great Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila who was the first Black African athlete to capture an Olympic Medal in 1960. Running barefoot in Rome, he won the marathon in a record time of 2:15:16.2.

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