Vaisakhi

SHUBHA CHAUDHURY – LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS

Shubha Chaudhury is an epitome of how passion and the will to never give up are hallmarks for succeeding in life, no matter your circumstances and gender. Born and raised in Rohtak, Haryana (India), she has proved that no boundaries can stop you if you aspire to dream big and turn them into reality. Listen to your heart and follow your passions. If you like anything, go for it. Because following your passion will lead to success. 

GURPREET KAUR BAINS – THE PASSIONATE EDUCATOR

Gurpreet Kaur Bains is an award-winning educator with 23 years of teaching experience in Surrey. She is the Languages Department Head at LA Matheson Secondary School and trained as a Science, Special Education, and Punjabi language teacher. She has actively collaborated with the Ministry of Education and the Museum of Surrey in developing South Asian curriculum and teaching resources.

PAULENA GIDDA, SARGEANT – THE CHARITABLE POLICE WOMAN

Paulena Gidda is a 26-year police Sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Born and raised in Squamish, British Columbia, her parents immigrated almost 55 years ago to Squamish and still reside there today as prominent community members. Both of her parents are successful entrepreneurs and instilled a strong sense of community and giving back at a young age.

KAREN DOSANJH – VISIONARY LEADER & CHANGE MAKER BREAKING NEW GROUND FOR OTHERS

Karen is trailblazer in the Marketing, Public Relations & Communications industry in Canada. She was the first person of South Asian descent to serve on the Board of the Canadian Public Relations Society-Vancouver (CPRS) from 1995-1998. She is also a historian who volunteered her time to write a book which documents the journeys of the first South Asians in Canada. A woman like Karen Dosanjh has many layers which includes her vast professional accomplishments and community service to effect positive change.