“ Ali, we have shared a 35 year friendship, carpooling through the harsh Saskatchewan winters, watching our children grow, collaborating on papers, joking about putting on a few pounds here and there, flying to different locations, sharing our cultural values and enjoying your famous “burnt” rice. I am so thankful to have known you and will always treasure these wonderful memories we had together.
You have always amazed me by your network and your willingness to meet and listen to people, no matter how busy you are. You have also supported so many initiatives, and you have done so without taking the limelight away from others. GSB is a better place because of your leadership. Thank you.
Words cannot describe the sadness in your sudden departure. I will miss you very much and wish we could have had more time together. So long, my friend. ”