In memoriam: Elias Chaboud

Dr. Elias Cheboud (1959–2010) was a remarkable colleague and friend who died very suddenly on Dec. 12 while working outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, doing what he loved: working for peace alongside colleagues from around the globe. A memorial service for colleagues, alumni, family and friends took place on Dec. 20 at the Interfaith Chapel. 

Elias received a UVic Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1996, an MSW from UBC and a UVic PhD in education in 2001. He taught at UVic, at Dalhousie University, in the United Arab Emirates and at Addis Ababa School of Social Work and Department of Gender Studies, and with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

He influenced many fortunate students and staff in the schools of social work and far beyond with his efforts in peace building and linking UVic with his beloved Ethiopia.

Elias was a faculty member at the United Nations University for Peace in Addis Ababa at the time of his death. He is survived by his two sons and their mother, his brother, and family and friends in Canada as well as his mother, his sisters and extended family in Ethiopia.

His close colleagues and friends around the world will do our best to continue the UVic-Ethiopia work of peace building and community development.

For more information see articles in The Ring at and and in the Globe and Mail at Also a Times Colonist article

Submitted by Professor Barb Whittington (social work)

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