Christopher Li (Loran Scholar ’93) works as a respirologist and sleep disorders specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and also serves as program director at the University of Toronto Centre for Sleep Medicine and Circadian Biology. A former student at the University of British Columbia and University of Calgary, Chris credits the Loran Scholars Foundation with helping open doors for him — financially and otherwise. “I felt that the scholarship was more than a source of funds,” he says. “It was a source of inspiration. I joined a community of talented individuals with exciting ideas and bright futures … It was fortifying for me.”
“My annual donation is but a small way of giving back to the organization that has done so much for me,” he explains.”I believe in what the Loran Scholars Foundation stands for, and I believe in the young Canadians whose lives will be marked indelibly by their experiences with the foundation.”
For the 17-year-old Chris, being selected as a Loran Scholar was also an encouraging display of faith in his abilities: “I have always gone forward with the knowledge that someone believed in me and was willing to take a chance on me.” In addition to supporting the Loran Scholars Foundation financially, Chris has served as a mentor to a younger scholar.