George Brown College
Hearing Instrument Specialist, 2000
Chief Executive Officer, Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario
Lanre Tunji-Ajayi’s advocacy in promoting awareness of sickle cell disease in Canada has helped achieve landmark legislation and establish policies that improve the care of individuals affected by the disease. Motivated by her brother’s death from complications of the disease, Tunji-Ajayi founded the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario and was a key creator of the national association. Named one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women in 2018, and awarded the Senate of Canada 150 Medal in 2017, her efforts contributed to eight provinces and territories adopting newborn screening and establishing June 19 as National Sickle Cell Awareness Day.