SikhRI is hosting its annual Vancouver Benefit Dinner on Saturday, 27 October 2018, at 6PM PST. The theme of the year is Nanakshahi550. We look forward to your presence.
The Master of Ceremonies for this event will be Rena Kaur Heer.
Join us as Harinder Singh and Baltej Singh Dhillon share ideas, thoughts, and insight into Nanakshahi550.
Contact: Bhavraj Singh | firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Speakers:
Rena Heer is a seasoned storyteller and a former broadcast journalist. She spent over a decade with CTV News - reporting, producing and anchoring live broadcasts seen on CTV News Channel, CTV Toronto, CP24 and CTV Vancouver. Rena reported on the Jian Ghomeshi trial, the Const. James Forcillo trial and the life and death of Rob Ford as well as municipal, provincial and federal elections and issues. Rena has interviewed Prime Minster Stephen Harper, then Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Premiers and Mayors in Ontario. As a communications professional, Rena continues to craft and relay stories for a multitude of audiences across various platforms - from traditional broadcasts to live formats and social media channels. Rena provides strategic communications counsel, leads integrated communications plans, manages media relations and supports and oversees the government relations activities for various clients.
Inspector Baltej Singh Dhillon, Officer In Charge of Emergency Prepardness with the RCMP, immigrated to Canada in October 1983. He helped his 3 siblings settle in Canada and supported them through every means possible. Baltej’s first job was picking berries in the farms as a laborer for four years to support the family and pay for school. In 1998, Insp. Dhillon applied to the RCMP, however the ban on turbans proceeded to him fighting for his religious right to wear his turban whilst serving his country. Two years later, on May 11th 1991, Insp. Dhillon came out victorious in his struggle, as the rules within the RCMP were changed, and today proudly wears his turban while working in the RCMP and serving and protecting Canadians. This was a proud achievement for not only his family but the entire community across the country. Insp. Dhillon was selected to head BC’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Intelligence Group and is currently a Director with the WorkSafe BC Board, member of guild of speakers with Passages Canada, Director of 3HO Organization in Vancouver and a Director with the Canada India Education Society. Insp. Dhillon is also a Motivational Speaker at various youth camps, universities and schools and various community events both in Canada and internationally. Insp. Dhillon is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for his contributions in the community. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and then the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for Community service and service to the youth along with numerous other Community awards for his volunteer service and work in the community.
Harinder Singh is an educator, thinker, and activist 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 Panjab Digital Library and the Sikh Research Institute. He has 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. Some of his publications include: “Guru Granth Sahib: Its Language & Grammar,” “Guru Gobind Singh Sahib & Sikhs in Bihar,” “Love-Harp,” “Sikh Leadership: Established Ideals & Diasporic Realities,” “June 1984 Ghallughara: Lies, List, Light” and series of five articles on Trump’s effect on minorities in America and abroad.
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