Meet the Sidak 2019 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 2019 Facilitators!
Anupreet Kaur Bal is a high school math teacher in Surrey, British Columbia. She has a passion for helping children and youth develop into lifelong learner. Whether it’s in a Math or Sikhi classroom, Anu strives to create an environment that encourages curiosity, wonder and love for everything that children are surrounded by in their worlds. As a high school teacher, Anu is surrounded by teenagers with infectious laughs who are so full of life and eagerness. At the end of the day, she is exhausted but couldn’t think of any other career where she could be this happy. Aside from teaching, Anu has been involved with working with the Ministry of Education to write curriculum for Math grades 10-12. Anu holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Kinesiology, a B.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Simon Fraser University. Anu has been involved with SikhRI since 2007 and a Sidak Alumni of 2014. Along with a group of amazing SikhRI volunteers, she is a part of planning and arranging events for the local community. When not at school or working on SikhRI events, Anu spends time with her two favourite people, her nieces and together they get into all kinds of shenanigans.
Kulvir Singh Gill has almost 20 years of experience working at the intersection of innovation, sustainability and business strategy. Working as a management consultant, Kulvir leads international projects across multiple industries including mining, oil and gas, heavy industrial, banking, retail and media. He also spent seven years working with a leading Canadian mining company. He is a co-founder and current Board Chair of the Seva Food Bank in Mississauga. He also serves as Board Chair for the William Osler Health System Foundation and the Sikh Research Institute (Canada). Kulvir is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Action Canada Fellow. He holds a B.Sc. and a B. Comm. from the University of Calgary. Kulvir lives with his wife, children and parents in Brampton, Ontario.
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.
Gurpreet Kaur has been in the management consulting field for over 25 years. She is currently a VP of IT: Strategic Initiatives at Integra Life Science. Gurpreet Kaur is a Board Chair at Kaur and Singh Academy, Board Member with Panjab Digital Library and Founder of Camp Nadar. She is a regular facilitator for Sikhri programs such as Grihast, Saneha, and Sidak among others. She spent two years in the Panjab enriching her experience of Sikhi and Panjabi cultures while implementing projects towards educational, psychological, and social empowerment. Her passion in music expands from classical to folk, from kirtan to git. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). She has served SikhRI in several capacities since 2010, including Chair of the Board, and most recently as CEO. She is an active member on the Board of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut and is on the editorial board of Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh heritage. She is a frequent speaker at community and interfaith events, the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin, as well as at Yale, Fairfield, and Columbia universities. She is a passionate author, poet, and artist. Her published works include Journey with the Gurus, a children’s book series that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib, Sakhi-Time with Nani ji, Thank-You Vahiguru, and Daddy’s Turban.
Jasleen is a double UVA grad in Religious Studies, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry. She is currently working as a Researcher with SikhRI. She is passionate about projects that create comfortable spaces for community members of all ages and backgrounds to engage in dialogue and learn from one another. She also loves singing in her free time, whether on stage with her friends or alone in her kitchen. She hopes to eventually go back to school in pursuit of a PhD in either religious ethnography or history, and fulfill her dream of teaching and learning from others.
Dr. Jaspreet Kaur is a Professor in the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College in Toronto, Canada. She completed her Ph.D. 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 Panjab. Jaspreet serves on the SikhRI Advisory Council along with the Board of Directors of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute and Kaurs United International.
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.
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 three years, as a student and teaching assistant, 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.
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.
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.