International Health Consultant (Ret.), Eni Consulting,Vancouver, BC. Born: Nigeria
Dr. Godwin Eni began his professional life as the first Physiotherapist trained in Nigeria at the University of Ibadan. He went on to specialize in health services planning and administration.
Career: Physiotherapist, Nigeria, Saskatoon and Toronto, 1970 –73; Clinical Instructor, Physiotherapy, University of Western Ontario, 1973-79; Chief Physiotherapist, South Western Ontario and Children’s Psychiatric Research Institute, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ontario, 1973-79; Director, Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, University Hospital, Vancouver, BC , 1983-86; Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of British Columbia, 1983-86; Director, Graduate Program in Health Services Planning & Administration, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 1987-95; Chair, Division of Health Policy & Management, Dept. of Healthcare & Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, 1991-95; Visiting Adjunct Professor, Executive Graduate Program in Health Administration, School of Business, University of Colorado, Denver, USA, 1992-95; Director, Rehabilitation Services, Injury Management Solutions [IMS], Surrey British Columbia, 2000-01; International Health Consultant and Principal, Hexagon and Eni Consulting, Vancouver, BC, 1996- 07; Visiting Professor, Dept. of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, 2007-08; LEAD Scholar, National Universities Commission, Nigeria 2007-08. Dr. Eni consulted or advised governments, NGOs, and multi-national organizations in 19 countries in Africa, South-East Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe in health system reform, health service delivery, community health, primary health care, child immunization, women’s health, project planning and implementation, health policy, curriculum development, and health service administration. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Eni chaired the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education of Canada. He was the Chair of the West-Side Community Health Committee of the Vancouver Regional Health Board that established the first comprehensive community health centre [Pacific Spirit] in the city.
Community: Prior to retirement, Dr. Eni was involved in many community organizations. He was the President of the Vancouver Multicultural Society, Vice President of AMSSA or the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of British Columbia, a Founding Member of the Black Educators’ Association of BC, and Founder of the Nigeria-Canada Development Association of BC. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Vancouver School Board, the Naming Rights Committee of the City of Vancouver, and a current member of “Passages-to-Canada” Speakers Bureau of the Dominion Institute of Canada. Over the years, Dr. Eni gave numerous presentations and workshops to professional associations, community and interest groups, on topics related to multiculturalism, human rights, diversity and anti-racism.
Honours: Several incl. Canadian Immigrant Magazine Award: “2009 Finalist, Top 25 Canadian Immigrants in recognition of your achievements and contributions that have positively changed the face of Canada since your arrival”; Honourary Membership of the Canadian Chiropractic Association; the Council on Chiropractic Education of Canada, the University of Nigeria; the Canadian Council on Multicultural Health, and the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China, among others.
Works: In health planning, management and administration – Healthcare Mgmt Forum J.; Health Services Mgmt Research. J.; Cdn J. Public Health, J. Soc. & Admin Pharmacy.
Education: PhD Medical Sociology, 1987; M.Sc. Health Services Planning and Administration, University of British Columbia, 1981; Cert. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Techniques, University of Saskatchewan, 1971; B.Sc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of Ibadan, 1969.
Favourite book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. It provides a valuable insight into rural African culture and associated challenges.
Favourite quote: “The prize of success is always paid with the currency of hard work.” – My high school principal
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Given my humble beginnings, I have been very lucky in life, blessed with a loving family, traveling the world and experienced reasonably good health. Now that I am retired, I hope to write a book on Canadian multiculturalism, based on my experience and participation in it.
Who inspires you: My late high school principal.
Why do you do what you do? I have an abiding empathy for everyone faced with adversity and life challenges everywhere, especially in developing countries. Perhaps I can use my knowledge and skill to make a difference. I feel I must contribute my effort even in retirement.