Meet the Sidak 2017 Facilitators!
The facilitators all come from different paths of life, each bringing their own unique experience to Sidak. They have spent numerous years learning, living, and loving Sikhi!
Meet the Sidak 2017 Facilitators!
Anupreet Kaur Bal is a high school math teacher in Surrey, British Columbia. She has a passion for helping children and youth become life long learners. Whether it's in a math or Sikhi classroom, Anu strives to create an environment that encourages curiosity and love for everything that children are surrounded by in their worlds. Anu holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal is a Professor in the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College in Toronto. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, where she focused on children’s rights, education, and returned for fieldwork to her village in Punjab. She Dr. Bal serves on the Board of Directors of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute and Kaurs United International.
Arpinder Kaur is the first female Amritdhari commercial pilot in North America. She flies Embraer jets for a regional division of American Airlines and lives in Dallas with her family. When not flying, she volunteers at her kids' schools, Austin Elementary & Gurdwara Singh Sabha Khalsa school. Arpinder has been an active SikhRi volunteer for over 10 years.
Inni Kaur serves as the CEO of Sikh Research Institute. An influential leader, respected artist, poet and published author, her eloquent words have been heard around the world, including presentations at Yale and Fairfield Universities, and the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin. Inni Kaur is dedicated to community and service of others, and continues to be an integral member of several faith-based organizations.
Harinder Singh is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic paradigm propels him to leverage public awareness for social change. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute. Mr. Singh co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, organized the Free Akal Takht movement, and envisioned Kaur and Singh Academy. He served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice, The Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, The Nanakshahi Trust, among others. He is an author and sought after public speaker, raising consciousness of audience around the world. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, and films. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib. He is Guru’s Sikh, Panjab’s lover, and Begampura’s Jedi.
Inderpreet Singh is a technology professional focusing on networking, security and solution architecture . He is currently a Principal Solutions Architect working for a technology firm focusing on modernization of DMV systems and applications. His passion is Sikhi and Sikh community related community projects and he is heavily involved with Sikh youth camps, retreats and conferences, where he conducts seminars, lectures and interactive workshops on Gurmat-related topics. Inderpreet has frequently spoken at Interfaith conferences and events. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute and a Board of Advisor for the Sikh Coalition. Inderpreet grew up in India, Canada, Japan and the US and now he continues to grow in Chelmsford, MA.
Jujhaar Singh is a software engineer who works at Airbnb in San Francisco. Prior to Airbnb, Jujhaar graduated from Stanford University with a major in Computer Science. His journey with SikhRI started at Sidak in 2010, and since then has been involved in Sidak as a participant, teaching assistant, and now as a facilitator. Jujhaar hopes to continue learning, growing, and empowering SikhRI to help others discover their path.
Kulvir Singh Gill is a Senior Principal with Clareo Partners, a growth strategy consultancy based in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and with Barrick Gold Corporation in their organizational effectiveness practice. Kulvir has been actively involved in the Sikh-Canadian community. He has served in leadership roles with the Sikh Centennial Foundation, Spinning Wheel Film Festival, and Toronto Sikh Youth Retreats. He is a co-founder of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank and Sikhs Serving Canada. Kulvir also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System Foundation and is on the board of Habitat For Humanity – Brampton. He is also The Chair of Sikh Research Institute, Canada. He was a 2011 Action Canada fellow and is a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Gill holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm. from the University of Calgary and currently lives with his family in Brampton.
Dr. Pritpal Singh is a Physician Executive with Cigna where he serves as a Mentor to Health Management teams by providing Clinical insight, Educational support, and HealthCare solutions & strategies. Himself a product of Sikh camps and retreats, he facilitates workshops and projects which aim to fight both religious and political oppression through reflection, self-introspection, and activism. Pritpal is a board member of Coppell Education Foundation which supports Education by distributing resources for Innovative Learning. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife, Arpinder Kaur, and two sons, Insaf and Jivat.
Surender Pal holds Master’s degrees in English and Religious Studies. He also is the India Coordinator for SikhRI and lead facilitator for Gurmukhi 101 at Sidak. He provides input for Sojhi, Liv, Saneha and Mahima program presentations and feels this work helps him explore his roots and identity deeper, giveing him a stronger sense of purpose. He is particularly fascinated by Sikh theology, which daily provides new perspectives and experiences to observe the world through. He is heavily involved with various religious, educational and human development organizations and currently volunteers for Panjab Digital Library. He lives in the outskirts of Chandigarh, Panjab, with his mother, wife and two sons.
Arshdeep Singh is from Abbotsford, British Columbia. He is working as an Electrical Designer for British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority. He designs and manages customer projects; which involves working with various internal and external stakeholders and managing customer expectations. He recently completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering to become Engineer-in-Trainee. Arshdeep volunteers at the local Gurduara, teaching Panjabi to kids at the Sunday school. He has also been involved in many local events from various charities and SSA’s. Attending Sidak for past two years has provided him the opportunity to further learn, grow and experience the Sikhi way of life along with writing poetry for the first time. He has started to read more Sikhi related books and learn kirtan as well.
Balmeet Singh owns and manages a multi-clinic health group in central California. He works with The Sikh Coalition, Radio Panjab, Sikh Youth Alliance of North America Symposium, Khalsa Academy, and Sikh Friends of Bakersfield. He is currently exploring the Dilruba and sampardaic interpretations of Sikhi.
Gagan Kaur is a Human Resources professional who completed her post-secondary education at the University of Alberta. Much of her inspiration comes from her community seva, which included seva in organizing community events, seva in a university Sikh student group, supporting Punjabi language courses to be offered in primary and secondary educational institutions, youth volunteer coordinator for community events, and development of educational and administrative resources for Gurduara Punjabi classes. Gagan aims to increase community engagement through education and youth mentorship & leadership programs and is inspired to gain and share knowledge on the Sikhi perspective. Gagan has completed three tracks at Sidak - Gurbani 101, Sikhi 101, and Gurmukhi 101. Gagan continues her journey at Sidak with the motivation to continue to learn from a global meeting of Guru-inspired Sangat in an environment and facility that engages living a Sikhi-inspired way of living.
Simrun Kaur Hundal is currently starting her senior year of University at Kansas State University, pursuing a major in Geography with a secondary major of International Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies. She has had several years of experience attending various Sikhi camps throughout my life, including 2 years at previous Sidak Leadership Development Programs. Additionally, she has become involved with a number of extra-curricular activities at her University: Secretary for FIRE (Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment), Events Coordinator for the Indian Student Association, and Captain of the Bhangra team. She has always been inspired by the work of her Sidak peers from previous years, and she is hoping to have as positive an impact on others as they have had on her.