Mangaluru: Dr Lavina Noronha chosen for Outstanding Community Leader Award


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Mangaluru, Aug 13: In recognition of her selfless and dedicated service to the community, through her hospice for the terminally ill, Dr Lavina Noronha is nominated for the ‘Outstanding Community Leaders of Mangaluru - 2019’ Award by International Institute for Public Policy (IIPP), an international organization based in Mangaluru for the cause of policy implementation for public good.

The announcement of the award is made on the eve of Independence Day every year by Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Houston/Dallas, Texas, USA, the founders of International Orientation Centre and International Institute for Public Policy, who always cherish Mangaluru as their beloved ‘Home Sweet Home’ even after leaving Mangaluru 60 years ago, wherever they were while pursuing their daily life.

The award will be presented to Dr Noronha personally by Max Rasquinha on the occasion of Independence Day at a ceremony to be held in Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work.

Dr Lavina Noronha has selflessly strived to bring dignity to death and quality of life for those who are terminally ill and have lost hope of life, through her Ave Maria Palliative Care Centre at Vamanjoor on the outskirts of Mangaluru.

The ‘Outstanding Community Award’ is planned to be presented officially during the visit of the Rasquinha family to their home town every year. Max and Jessie Rasquinha are keen followers of all the developments taking place in their beloved home town of Mangaluru. All the dignitaries who are dedicating their talents and efforts for our community and society are always noted and admired for future recognitions.

Former bishop of Mangaluru Dr Aloysius D'Souza, eminent singer and composer Wilfy Rebimbus, former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, founder of Daijiworld Walter Nandalike, Msgr Fred Pereira, social work educationist and activist Dr Olinda Pereira, late Fr Ronnie Prabhu SJ, Sachitha Nandagopal, Joe Gonsalves, Sr Shruthi and James Serrao are among those who have received the ‘Outstanding Community Leaders’ award in the past.

About Dr Lavina M Noronha

Dr Lavina Noronha is an epitome of humility and dedication as she treads a path less travelled while most would be happy to build their careers towards lucrative professions and self-centred growth and personal success. Dr Lavina M Noronha, PhD, MSW, the director of Ave Maria Palliative Care, is a living example of commitment at work in service of humanity. She received her M Phil from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru and her Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Dr Noronha served as an associate professor and director of the MSW Programme at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, USA. To add to that, she has had several years of clinical practice in the fields of mental health, Crisis Respite, Employee Assistance and Hospice in the USA. She also has several professional publications and presentations on a variety of topics to her credit and is the founder president of CREST International Inc, USA and a member of the Indian Association of Palliative Care.

Life of Dr Lavina Noronha changed, when she came to India to be with her father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Although, in the past, she had counselled many Alzheimer’s sufferers, it was different when she saw her own father suffer. She saw that there was very little help available around for terminally ill patients and moreover, there was very little that was done to alleviate their pain.

She returned to her hometown to start a Hospice, leaving behind her lucrative and coveted job. She joined the CDSE Trust which offered her land to build the hospice unit.

Dr Lavina’s dream project, Ave Maria Palliative Care has patients suffering from cancer, liver diseases, renal failure and dementia, who need holistic comfort and care. The home is free and anyone is welcome, regardless of religion, class and caste.

Dr Noronha has been efficiently managing the 15-bed hospice with utmost professionalism, taking along an equally dedicated team of doctors, nurses, care givers and volunteers coupled with the goodwill of many which she has earned over the years of her toil.

  

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  • Celine Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    I'm feeling extremely happy to note that your dedicated service towards the Cancer patients in their time of distress has been recognized & may Almighty God be your strength and support to carry out your tasks with ease ,all the best for your future endeavors

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  • Roshan Noronha, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Congrats

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  • Placid Noronha, Mangalore, Bijai

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    At last your selfless service to humanity has been acknowledged. Happy that you will be conferred with the prestigious award initiated by the famed Rasquinas on Independence Day. We are proud of you.
    Antonio, Grace and Placid Noronha

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  • Godfrey Moras, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr Lavina Noronha, the great achievement for dedicated service and truly deserving this outstanding award.

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  • Eddie Sequeira, Bendore, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Dr Lavina Noronha you truly deserve recognition and more such awards for your dedicated and selfless work. May God bless you.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations!

    Very useful beautiful prayer available on the net specially for terminal ill patients.

    Crusade Prayer (142) Preparing for death
    My dearest Jesus, forgive me my sins. Cleanse my soul and prepare me to enter Your Kingdom.
    Grant me the Graces to prepare for my unification with You. Help me to overcome any fear.
    Grant me the courage to prepare my mind and my soul, so that I am fit to stand before You.
    I love You. I trust in You. I give You myself in body, mind and soul for eternity. Let Your Will be mine and release me from pain, doubts or confusion. Amen.

    If you have to face death or if a loved one has to face death then always turn to Me, your Jesus, to help. When you do I will lift you in spirit, wipe away your tears, banish all fear from your hearts when you recite this prayer.

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  • Herald Moras, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr Laveena for being chosen for this award and wish you all the best for good health to continue your noble services. God bless you

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  • Gerald & Genevieve Monteiro, Jeppu

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr. Lavina. A very well-deserved recognition of your immense service to society. We wish you well and pray that your work be blessed in every way. You are a true inspiration.

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  • callen dsouza, Bendur, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr

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  • Joe Rego, MANGALURU

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Laveena.Hatsoff to your noble & charitable work.may god bless you always.

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  • Fr Felix Monteiro, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Happy to learn that Dr Lavina Noronha is chosen for outstanding community leader AWARD.
    Congratulations madam...You deserve for this prestigious award. We are proud of you...God bless your humanitarian and heart touching work at Ave Maria....

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  • Hilda, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr. Lavina for the Outstanding Community Leader award. You very much deserve for your excellent leadership, & mentoring and inspiring others. God bless you.

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  • Conrad Nazareth, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr. Lavina, on being chosen for the Outstanding Community Leader Award.
    Conrad.

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  • George Edward Fernandes, Andheri East, Mumbai

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr. Lavina. for being chosen to receive Outstanding Community Leader award for your philanthropic work, in service of humanity.

    Joe Fernandes
    Mangalur/Mumbai

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  • George pinto, Kulshekar mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations madam Laveena.you really deserve for that award.I know u are doing this great and dedicated sevice to human beings,but recognition from society will strengthen your work .hats up to your dear Laveena

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  • Michael Noronha, Mysore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr Lavina Noronha on being conferred the Outstanding Community Leader Award. May God bless your future endeavours.

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  • John, Manglore/Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    One of the desciples of Jesus asked show us the father and that’s enough for us..
    Jesus gave them a simple answer who has seen me has seen the father.
    Here if anyone non Christian comes to me and ask me you are talking so much about Jesus show me Jesus!!
    Am I worthy to give the same answer which Jesus gave before 2k years!!
    Who has seen me has seen Jesus also!!
    But in Laveena Noronha case she can boldly say ...
    because the work she is doing is great!!
    Looking after elderly sick is not a joke or easy!!
    That too for free!!
    Great job laveena..
    God bless you in this mission
    You deserve for this award

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  • Ronald Martis, Barebail/New Jersey, USA

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations, Dr. Lavina , for your selfless and dedicated service. May God continue to bless you.

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  • Dolphy Cascia with Clara Lobo, Vamanjoor, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr Lavina Noronha being chosen for Outstanding Community Leader Award. All the best in your future endeavours.

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  • Rosita D'Souza, Mumbai /Auckland New Zealand

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations dear Lavina. Well deserved for the hard work and commitment. God bless you always.

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  • Niranjan Naik, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr L Noronha, I remember the day you helped me admit my father and I shall be indebted for this all my life. You are a selfless person dedicated to society and wanting to help without any bias towards religon or social standing. I believe you truly deserve this award.

    Regards

    Niranjan Naik

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  • Alwyn Pinto, Derebail / Dubai

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr Lavina Noronha being chosen for Outstanding Community Leader Award. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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  • F.J.Mabel DSouza, Mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Hai Dr. Lavina Noronha Congratulations.

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  • mohan sequeira, mangalore

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Any award will look tiny in front of the mammoth service Dr Lavina is doing for the mankind.
    Truly deserving. Epitome of humanity.
    Congratulations and God bless you abundantly.

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  • Ronald D'Souza, Bejai/Auckland New Zealand

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Lavina. You are really and truly deserving of this award for your hard and selfless work. Rosita joins me too in congratulating you. God bless you and your efforts.

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  • Andrew L D Cunha, Bejai

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Congratulations Dr. Lavina Noronha. Perfect and apt award for her selfless and dedicated service. You are true inspiration to the society.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    really astounding to note about the person who instituted the award...even after 60 years of leaving hometown , some one has great affection for home town and mother land...and also the awardee...who devoted life to the care of terminally ill...

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  • Ismail Sayyed Nadiguthu, Jokatte/ Doha- Qatar

    Tue, Aug 13 2019

    Madam Congratulations and you are really deserve for this honour. All the best.

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