Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Dr. Bela Ravi

Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters

Dr. Bela Ravi was born in Patiala, India and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1973.  She is married with three daughters and has been a member of the Greater Sudbury community for 25 years, making outstanding contributions to education, the arts, health and senior care, homelessness, multiculturalism and citizenship, and more.


At present, Dr. Ravi serves as President of the Sudbury Multicultural & Folk Arts Association, and sits as a board member for such organizations as the Local Immigration Partnership, and the India-Canada Association. She is also a member of the City of Greater Sudbury’s Senior Advisory Panel. Over the years she has dedicated much of her time and talent, in leadership roles, and is past president of both the India-Canada Association and Sudbury Prarthana Samaj, past co-chair of the Institute of Canadian Citizenship, past fundraising committee member for Elgin Street Mission, and a past board member of the Ontario Arts Council and the YMCA Northeastern Ontario-Fund Development Committee. She has involved herself in many educational leadership roles over the years, including as a former member of the Laurentian University Board of Governors, and as a supporter of the Rainbow Board through her role on the MacLeod Public School Parent Council and in raising funds to establish the Joan Mantle Music Trust.


For her dedicated community service, Dr. Ravi has been recognized with numerous accolades and honours including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Hall of Fame Community Builders Award of Excellence, Paul Harris Fellowship, just to name a few.

“I am extremely proud and humbled to accept this Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from Huntington University, an institution I take immense pride in being affiliated with as Chancellor,” said Dr. Bela Ravi, Honorary Doctorate recipient. “I would like to sincerely thank the Board of Regents for this recognition, as well as Dr. Kevin McCormick for his inspiring and skillful leadership of Huntington University. This institution, having just celebrated 60 years of academic excellence and civic leadership, is forging a new and revitalized path forward to see it through the next 60 years. It’s exciting for me to be a part of this journey with Huntington University, and I look forward to seeing where it leads us.”