The Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity began in 2006 by Doreen A. K. Hines and her ministry team, while serving as Minister of Music, at the Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ashton, MD. In 2015, after 10 years of phenomenal growth, The Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity program was incorporated by Doreen A. K. Hines, Esq and became a registered 501(C)3 with a Trademarked name.
Gul Jabbar, currently a third year medical student at IAU, began her service to the community as a freshman in college while volunteered for the Sheppard Pratt Health. She then progressed to working as a mental health counselor in her junior year. While juggling her academic life as psychology pre-medicine major and being a teaching assistant in psychology, she was involved in campus leadership and served as the secretary and then president of the student government association. She was also a board member of her class advisory committee. Gul also spent time providing humanitarian work in Texas and Mexico, where she helped build houses and worked at an orphanage. She was chosen as a recipient in her psychology class for an internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute that lead her to work as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the psychiatry department. Upon graduation, she achieved her highest accolade as a recipient of the Daily Record’s Circle of Excellence Scholarship awarded to one college female student in Maryland.
Upon graduation she worked as a mental health counselor for Franklin Square Hospital Medical Center while studying for the GRE’s to apply for graduate school. Gul was accepted to Boston University and completed her degree in Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology. It is in Boston where Gul became involved in National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), one of the nation’s largest mental health organizations. With NAMI she served as a family to family teacher, joined peer support groups and participated in the NAMIwalks. She is currently an active volunteer for NAMI’s Baltimore chapter.
Following her Masters, Gul became a research coordinator at Harvard Medical School, working with families with first degree relatives that have Schizophrenia in hopes to better understand a genetic correlation between them. Upon completing her time at Harvard she proudly served with AmeriCorps/Community Healthcorps at the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program as a case manager.
Currently, Gul is doing rotations in Baltimore as a third year medical student. She hopes to continue her work in internal medicine with a focus on mental health. Her interests include working with the underserved community to better understand the impact of behavioral health and to take preventative measures to improve mental health.