Valerie Ann Taylor
Valerie Ann Taylor
|Known for||Founder of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed|
Valerie Ann Taylor, OBE (born 8 February 1944) is a British-Bangladeshi physiotherapist, social worker and philanthropist. She is the founder of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar, Dhaka District. Dubbed Mother Theresa of Bangladesh, she was awarded 2004 Independence Day Award by the Government of Bangladesh for her public service. In 1998, she was granted Bangladeshi citizenship by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Taylor was born in Kent, England to Marie Taylor and William Taylor. She grew up living close to National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England.
In 1969, Taylor came to Bangladesh, under contract for 15 months, with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to work as a physiotherapist in the Christian Hospital, Chandraghona in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. She established the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in 1979. At the start of her career, she was running CRP with four patients in an abandoned warehouse of the Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital. Later CRP has grown to include a 100-bed hospital.
Taylor is a legal guardian to two girls with disabilities, Joyti and Poppy.
Awards and honors
- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (1995)
- Arthur Eyre Brook Gold Medal (1996)
- National Social Service Award (2000)
- Anannya Top Ten Awards (2000)
- Millennium Award (2000)
- Dr. MR Khan and Anwara Trust Gold Medal (2001)
- Hakkani Mission Bangladesh Award (2001)
- Bangladesh Independence Day Award (2004)
- Rokeya Shining Personality Award (2005)
- Princess Diana Gold Medal (2007)
- Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award (2009)
- Lifetime Achievement Award by Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh (2009)
- Nova Southeastern University Award (2009)
- Rotary International Award (2013)
- National Environment Award (2020)
- ^ a b Ahmed, Bulbul (2021-02-11). "Three individuals, 3 organisations get National Environment Award-2020". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). Retrieved 2021-02-12.
- ^ a b "Valerie Taylor wins Rotary International award". The Daily Star. June 8, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- ^ "Independence Award 2004 handed over". The Daily Star. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
- ^ a b c "Valerie Ann Taylor: Founder and Coordinator of CRP". The Daily Star. November 28, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- ^ "Valerie Taylor's anniversary of birth today". The Daily Star. February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- ^ "Valerie Ann Taylor". CRP-Bangladesh. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
- ^ Amitava Kar (March 8, 2015). "IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS". The Daily Star. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- "CHALLENGING THE STIGMA". The Daily Star.
- Khan, Mubin S. (1 June 2007). "Divided we fall". New Age. Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- Living people
- 1944 births
- People from Bromley
- English women philanthropists
- British physiotherapists
- English social workers
- Bangladeshi philanthropists
- Bangladeshi physiotherapists
- Bangladeshi social workers
- British emigrants to Bangladesh
- Bangladeshi people of English descent
- Naturalised citizens of Bangladesh
- Officers of the Order of the British Empire
- Recipients of the Independence Day Award