Shomporko Desk:- Bangladeshi Organization BCCB, President Mr.Rimon Mahmud announced in a press briefing that Rafat Alam, Ph. D has kindly consented to oversee the operation in transition and give the organization a shape that is sustainable.
Dr. Alam’s responsibility will include building the organization ground up within a sustainable framework for the organization to provide funeral assistance to all Bangladeshi Canadians across Canada covering each province and territory. Bangladesh Funeral Services will provide funeral services in two phases. In Phase 1, it will provide financial coverage to all its members. Subsequently, as the organization develops a sustainable network, it will start providing one step funeral services to its members working with strategic partners. Providing such coverage to all Bangladeshi Canadians at the national level is a daunting task, never before attempted by any organization. BCF has taken this extraordinary step as members of BCCB has been seeking such for sometimes.
The response from the community so far has been very positive. BCCB and BCF have sought anyone who is interested to be a member to connect with BCCB. It is to be noted, while the service is for members only, BFS will also take on humanitarian cases for any Bangladeshis that need such support as a good community gesture. ‘It will be the ultimate Nobel offering if successful and we eagerly look forward to that’ – said President BCCB.
Short bio of Dr. Alam: Dr. Rafat Alam is a faculty and Discipline Coordinator of the Economics Program at MacEwan University located in Edmonton, Alberta. He completed his education from the University of Dhaka, University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa where he completed his Ph. D. He is also the President of the MacEwan University Faculty Association.
Dr. Alam specializes in environmental and natural resource economics, cost-benefit analysis, environmental impact analysis, international trade and development economics. Dr. Alam authored a number of papers, book chapters and delivered papers in numerous peer-reviewed conferences.
Before joining MacEwan, Dr. Alam had worked in Environment Canada, University of Ottawa Institute of Environment, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka and the Population Council, Dhaka in different research and policy analyst positions. Dr. Alam is currently serving at the board of Baitul Aman Islamic Society of Edmonton.