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Passionate about making the world a better place: Remembering Mohammad Asadi Lari

On January 8, a plane carrying 176 people, including 57 Canadians, crashed outside of Tehran, Iran. The loss of life is enormous, and the impact has been felt deeply by communities across the country.

Among the deceased is Canadian Red Cross volunteer, Mohammad Asadi Lari. Mohammad was passionate about making the world a better place, which was evident in all the incredible contributions he made to the Canadian Red Cross as a volunteer for three years on the Youth Advisory Committee.

Youth Advisory Committee at the Social Innovation Challenge
Judges at the Social Innovation Challenge, Mohammad far right

As the longest-standing member of the Committee, Mohammad was instrumental in planning youth engagement events, most notably the Social Innovation Challenge. He shared his passion for humanitarian work with youth across the country and also acted as a voice for young people on the Red Cross blog. His dedication to the Red Cross mission and youth engagement were truly inspiring to all those who had the opportunity to work with him.

Mohammad at Social Innovation Challenge

Mohammad held an undergraduate degree with honours in physiology from the University of British Columbia and was a founding student member of STEM Fellowship, a Canadian federation non-profit serving high school and undergraduate students. He was currently completing the second year of his MD/PhD at the University of Toronto.

More on Mohammad’s time with the Canadian Red Cross can be read here.

The Canadian Red Cross offers our sincerest condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones as a result of this tragedy.

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