Rahul Singh, a Toronto paramedic and founder of GlobalMedic, a disaster relief organization made up of volunteer paramedics, police officers and firefighters, has made Time magazine’s 2010 list of 100 people who have most affected the world.
He is in lofty company, sharing a spot in the Hero category with former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Others on the full list include U.S. President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Oprah, Prince and Steve Jobs.
The list appears in Time’s May 10 issue, available Friday.
Singh, who works full-time as a paramedic, founded GlobalMedic in 1998. The organization has responded to more than 50 disasters, including the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Singh is described in the Time essay by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive as a “shining example of selfless effort.”
But Singh said the honour isn’t really about him, but about the organization.
“The only reason I’m getting this award is because of our front-line volunteers … the paramedics, police officers and firefighters who risk their lives and go off into the fray to give medical care and clean water to disaster victims.”
GlobalMedic provided millions of litres of water to those most in need, Time says.