Dr. Shafik Sachedina: Brilliant Dental Surgeon And Caring, Generous Philanthropist

Dr. Shafik Sachedina is joint chairman of the board of Sussex County, South England based Sussex Health Care Company. The company operates care homes and provides support services for older people and patients suffering from dementia, neurological problems and PMLD.

Born in 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. After beginning his training in dentistry, he moved to London, England, became a British citizen and graduated from the University of London’s Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School in 1975.

Dr. Sachedina went on to become a noted dental surgeon and held a variety of positions with several healthcare companies.

In addition to his dental and medical work in the United Kingdom, Dr. Shafik Sachedina also volunteers in Aiglemont in France at the Aga Khan Secretariat as head of the Jamati Institutions department. There he coordinates the programs and activities for the Ismaili community institutions in 16 principal areas.

Dr Sachedina also works to help them interface with institutions and programs of the Aga Khan Development Network in Central Asia based Ismaili communities. He has been working with the board of governors of the Institute of Ismaili Studies since 1995.

Dr Sachedina also plays a number of other important roles in the Ismaili Imamat and community. He is an Aga Khan Development Network Committee member, an Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum member and is the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Co-ordinating Committee chairman.

Dr Sachedina also served two consecutive terms as the U.K. Ismaili Council president and does projects in a number of small Ismaili communities throughout the United Kingdom. All of those are unpaid volunteer position in keeping with long held cultural tradition. Dr. Sachedina believes offering one’s service for free to help empower people and improve their lives is the most fulfilling thing a person can do.

Dr. Shafik Sachedina was Imara U.K. Limited’s director. This helped make him the talented, experienced dental surgeon he is today. It was also part of the reason he was chosen in 1998 to lead Sussex Health Care Limited and serve as its director.

At Sussex Health Care, Dr. Sachedina helps the staff use the latest technology to develop effective solutions for a variety of dental problems with which patients suffer. His body of work has led to him earning the reputation of being one of the most reliable, experienced dental surgeons in the U.K. today. Dr. Shafik Sachedina has received numerous awards and accolades for his work.

Dick DeVos Is A Renowned Reformer

Many people know Dick DeVos as the husband of Betsy DeVos, who has been politically active since she was in college. But I am well aware that reforming tendency is a part of their family. It was in 2006 that Dick DeVos has stood for elections for the Governor of Michigan. He was the Republican nominee.

 

Dick DeVos has always looked for innovative solutions in business as well as in politics. He had founded the Windquest Group along with his wife in 1989. I know it to be a privately held group that is investing in varied fields that include technology, manufacturing, along with clean energy. Dick DeVos is well-known as was the former president of Amway. In addition, he has been the former president of Orlando Magic NBA franchise.

 

But I also know Dick DeVos for his various nonprofit roles. He is heading the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. His charitable interests are varied.

 

He had paid a visit to the Potter’s House Christian School along with his wife when their kids were young enough. This place had been serving many low-income families for the past 30 years. This was when they met those parents who had been trying very hard to provide a safe, learning environment to their kids.

 

This made him go back to the place again and again, along with his wife. He had ample resources to send his kids to whichever school he wanted. But he saw that there were other parents who were trying very hard to do so. This was when they decided to support some individual students at this school. Slowly, it turned into a much larger commitment. Even today, Dick DeVos supports the Potter’s House significantly.

 

I realized that all this had a major impact on Dick DeVos. He along with Betsy became increasingly committed to helping parents who came from low-income families. They wanted them to be able to choose the right school for their kids as that would have been fair.

 

Dick DeVos decides to run for the State Board of Education. He got elected to the Board in Michigan in 1990. He also started a foundation. This was giving scholarships to low-income families. This allowed parents to decide where they would send their kids for education. But they also realized that this was not the way to address the real problem. Hence he decided to get involved in the movement for choosing education.

 

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