Profiles

JASMINE MANDER EARNS NATIONAL HONORS 

Jasmine Mander recently won an award from the Women’s Executive Network (WXN): Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Awards in Arts, Sports & Entertainment. The award recognizes women who have shaped Canadian thinking, communications, and culture. Jasmine is a former elite-level soccer player and has coached in the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System , and is currently a  coach educator for BC Soccer, and a BC Soccer Diversity and Inclusion committee member.

JAYSON HILCHIE – VIDEO GAMES HELPING US TO STAY CONNECTED

“Canadians are finding ways to stay connected and engage their minds in positive ways; they are looking for joy and entertainment in what can only be characterized as one of the most difficult times in modern human history. We have found that Canadian gamers recognize the power of play, and they are engaging more and more in the immersive and connected experiences that our industry creates. We will get through this period together, and video games will continue to be both an outlet for people but also an important way to keep them connected to their families and friends.”

—JAYSON HILCHIE, President & CEO, Entertainment Software Association of Canada

SATWINDER BAINS: OUR HAQ AND HISTORY

Dr. Satwinder Bains is the Director of the South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) at the University of the Fraser Valley. SASI, which celebrated its 10th year of operations in 2017, has served as aa hub where scholars, community members, international visitors, and students come together to address issues impacting South Asian Canadian communities locally, nationally and internationally.

JOY JOHNSON TAKES OVER AS SFU PRESIDENT

Simon Fraser University’s Board of Governors announced in January, after an extensive 9-month international search, that Dr. Joy Johnson will be the university’s next president and vice-chancellor. She succeeds Andrew Petter, who had a tenure that spanned a decade, and began her term in September.

Sukhmeet Sachal Leads Volunteer Youth in Covid-19 Education and Outreach

“It all began when I went to the Gurdwara one day, and I saw that a lot of the elders were not wearing masks,” Sukhmeet explains. “We already know the evidence-based information that elders are more prone to getting Covid-19, and so seeing elders come into the Gurdwara not wearing masks concerned me, especially being a public health professional and medical student. So that’s when I decided I need to do something about it. Hence, I started this initiative.”

KABIR BHAGARIA – Embracing Change and Proactivity in a Time of Crisis 

“The biggest piece of advice I can give anyone, in any role, is to learn how to influence people to change their behavior. I took some conflict resolution courses as part of my Masters, and it taught me that the secret to solving issues was to ensure that you are truly listening to what someone’s concerns or issues are before you try and come up with solutions. It’s something I try and teach my kids as well. The pandemic is really bringing that into focus.”