National Board member, Dr. Asha Seth, appointed to the Senate


On Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed seven new senators, among them a member of CNIB’s National Board of Directors, Dr. Asha Seth. The Toronto obstetrician and gynaecologist is the second Indo-Canadian appointed to the Senate by the Conservative government. 

Recognized as a pioneer and patient advocate in the medical field, Dr. Seth received the prestigious Council Award from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2010. She is best known for her philanthropic endeavours having founded the NIMDAC Foundation, which has raised funds for CNIB. She is also chair of CNIB’s 3rd annual Toronto Visions Gala, a fundraising and awareness event supporting vital programs and services in the community for people with vision loss. Dr. Seth is actively involved in a number of charities serving local and international communities.

“On behalf of the CNIB team, I would like to congratulate our friend Dr. Seth on this appointment.  It’s an honour and a privilege to work with Dr. Seth; we are very grateful for her tireless work on our National Board and Gala Committee,” says John Rafferty, president and CEO, CNIB. 

Dr. Seth completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at The King Georges Medical College in India and completed her resident training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the U.K. Upon moving to Canada, she continued her training at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She  resides in Toronto, Ontario with her husband Dr. Arun Seth. She has two daughters, Dr. Anila Seth Sharma, an Endocrinologist and Angie Seth, an award winning Journalist and News Anchor, OMNI Television, and four grandchildren.

Aside from Dr. Seth, Prime Minister Stephen Harper also appointed JoAnne Buth, Norman Doyle, Jean-Guy Dagenais, Ghislain Maltais, Betty Unger and Vernon White to the Senate. The seven appointments fill the Senate, which now will sit with 61 Conservatives and 41 Liberals. 

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