Abubakar Khan is a young American, Canadian, Pakistani muslim. He is the founder of The Chosen Khan. An online platform that highlights diversity, interfaith and creative dialogue. He is the chairman of Social Sport, a charity that helps to integrate refugee youth through the power of team sports. He is also a member of Vancouver Helping Hands, a group that helps members of the DTES by providing them with care packages and conversations. He has planned multiple rallies such as the Love Over Fear Rally against Islamophobia and the Love Over Fear Rally against Racial Discrimination, which in turn led him to co- founding the Love Over Fear clothing line. Currently he is producing two films and acting full time. He hopes to connect as many people as possible during the short time that he’s blessed to be on this planet.
Adera Angelucci. Adera is co-founder of SPIRO Creative – an award-winning video production company. She is also the host of Passionpreneur TV. In her own words — Adera has mastered the art of helping people connect with their truth – and own their awesomeness on camera and beyond. Using insights she has gained helping leaders and entrepreneurs tell their stories – she teaches people how to get real – find what lights them up – and how to share it.
Aman Manhas is a Paralegal who currently specializes in Family Law. Aman has been working in the legal profession for over 16 years and has gained a multitude of experience working in various fields of law. For 13 years, Aman worked at the Department of Justice and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. While working for the Federal Crown, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. Aman has had the privilege to work for the RCMP as well as CFSEU BC during her time with the Department of Justice. Outside of work, Aman is a new mom who enjoys volunteering with Children’s Hospital and Variety BC.
Babita is a Registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia. She has a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics and a Masters of Occupational Therapy both from the University of British Columbia. After working in community practice for 3 and a half years, Babita has recently opened her own practice, BG Rehab Group. She works with individuals that have been involved in a motor vehicle accident. She provides case management and direct intervention to individuals with orthopaedic injuries, soft tissue injuries, acquired brain injury and psychosocial health concerns. In her spare time she enjoys watching and playing sports.
Bal Brach is an award-winning television journalist with more than a decade of experience working in newsrooms across Canada. She has been a producer and reporter for all three of the country’s major news networks — CTV, Global and CBC News. In 2016, Bal was awarded the highest honour in B.C. journalism — a Jack Webster award for her stories about Syrian refugees.
She is also the recipient of regional and national Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards. Bal’s digital storytelling skills have been recognized by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. In 2017, Bal was a finalist for a Canadian Screen Award — celebrating excellence in film, television and digital media.
Recently, Bal added documentary filmmaker to her resume. She founded Wrise Productions Inc. in 2015. She directed and produced a documentary about the growth of the Indian wedding industry in Canada. The film “Little India Big Business” aired on CBC television. The film also screened at more than a dozen international film festivals. In 2017, “Little India Big Business” was a finalist in the prestigious New York Festivals as one of the world’s best cultural documentaries.
In 2018, Bal produced SOLD!, an original CBC podcast about the role of foreign investment in B.C.’s real estate market. The podcast reached the top of the iTunes Canada chart, debuting at number one in the first week of launching. In addition to her film, television and radio experience, Bal has also worked on special projects at CBC News. She has developed and launched social media strategies for CBC’s news division in B.C. and Alberta.
Before joining Raymond James as a financial advisor, Bharathi worked at another financial services firm for five years, as a financial advisor.
Bharathi graduated from BCIT in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. She additionally completed her Financial Planning Certificate in 2005. She currently holds her securities and insurance licenses. A firm believer in continuing education, Bharathi enhances her experience by committing to keeping herself up to date on changes in the industry, as well as innovation.
Bharathi takes pride in community involvement. She is currently the chair of the Fraser Valley Indo Canadian Business Association and has served there since 2009. She has also sat on the board of the esteemed Dasmesh Punjabi School board since 2008. She serves on an advisory committee to the University of the Fraser Valley as well as the City of Abbotsford, strongly demonstrating her belief in giving back to the community. Bharathi resides in Abbotsford, BC where she grew up. She enjoys spending time with her family. When she is not working with clients, Bharathi enjoys travelling, keeping active, and connecting with the community.
Award winning Dal Braich – founder of a wholesale diamond boutique called Diamonds by Dal – provides discerning clients with high quality diamonds and other gemstones, along with customized jewelry at an affordable cost. Dal’s passion for the jewelry industry was sparked while working for a well-known diamond retailer and allowed her to gain the skills and training needed to take her passion to a profession. Today Dal has managed to create an innovative jewelry buying experience.
Diamonds by Dal provides exceptional customer service and strives to create a comfortable, stress free environment for their clients. They do this by taking the time to get to know their clients through a proven systemized consultation, which allows the clients to test their own eyes and compare not only one but many diamonds in all grades of diamond testing.
Danielle is a graphic designer who loves working with businesses and entrepreneurs to tell their story and connect with their ideal audience through a beautifully designed brand and website. Danielle started her business a few years ago as a side-hustle (while juggling the corporate 9-5) and took the plunge to pursue her dream of running it full-time last July!
She’s a firm believer in community over competition and supporting other amazing female entrepreneurs in their journeys. Danielle loves connecting with other women and working together with them to help bring their vision for their business to life! She works closely with her clients to create their brand’s unique voice and visual identity!
A fun passion project of hers is her lifestyle blog, where she shares everything from decadent cake recipes to travel guides to business tips! And when Danielle’s not working, you can find her enjoying a yoga class, baking delicious treats, or hiking the local North Van trails with her rescue pup, Charlie.
Starting at a young age, Gopal Jaswal always had a desire to help others, and to give back. During his university studies in bio chemistry, he wanted a career that challenged him both mentally and physically. Being a Firefighter definately provided an experience like no other. Gopal being dedicated and courageous faced many situations in his daily work life which others may not experience. After volunteering many hours of community service, Gopal is a prime example of someone who is dedicated to our community.
Born in London and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Harbir Sian attended Simon Fraser University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts to complete his Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry.
Harbir is the co-owner of two optometry clinics (Highstreet Eyecare in Abbotsford and Clarity Eyecare in Surrey) and, more recently, he launched his own eyewear brand called Kingsley Eyewear, which has a focus on social responsibility. Harbir’s passion for his profession has lead him to write blogs, make YouTube videos, and spend time volunteering in various vision clinics in North and South America. He was named Young Optometrist of the Year in 2016 by the BC Doctors of Optometry.
Constable Hardeep Sahota has been working with the Vancouver Police Department for 9 years. Currently, she works in the operational patrol section by responding to various 911 calls. She has a passion to enforce the law, protect the public and prevent crime. Her most notable achievement is co-founding the VPD MESH program which is geared at keeping youth on the path to success by getting them involved in sports. She has received praise for being a mentor to the youth through coaching and motivating to achieve their goals. Additionally, this program has been successfully operating for 6 years now and was created to give back to the community that she grew up in. Before her success as an officer, Hardeep attended Douglas College where she earned a diploma in Criminology and she captained the women’s basketball team. In her free time, she can be found shooting hoops, traveling around the world or spending time with her family and friends.
Harinder Takhar completed her Pharmacy Technician in 1987. She worked at St. Paul’s as a Pharmacy Technician for 2 years, and then moved to Royal Columbian Hospital as Pharmacy Technician in Jan 1990 to Dec 2005. In Jan 2006 she took on the role as a Pharmacy Technician Supervisor role which changed to Pharmacy Assistant Supervisor in 2011. She then completed all necessary requirements to become a Regulated Pharmacy Technician in Dec 2011 and now holds the title of Regulated Pharmacy Technician Supervisor at RCH.
Harpreet Pandher joined the Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi team in the 2014 season as an analyst. Like many Canadians born and raised in Canada, Harpreet grew up watching Hockey Night in Canada and becoming a passionate hockey fan. Harpreet has been active in the Greater Vancouver ball hockey scene, playing in Premier Division in BC and playing at the National Level in Canada. His deep passion for hockey is only matched with his deep affection for the Punjabi language and culture. Harpreet grew up watching Kabaddi and also played two seasons for New Westminster Kabaddi Club. Harpreet also hosted and provided commentary for Champions Kabaddi League and outdoor tournaments in B.C.
Harveen Basra is a South Asian disc jockey. She is a student, lifeguard and instructor who enjoys listening and creating music. She is aspiring to become a clinical counsellor who will work with others through the power of music (music therapy).
Inder Mann has over 10 years of experience working in public practice and opened her public practice in 2016. She has her Bachelors in Commerce and Masters in Commerce from India and completed CPA, CGA (accounting designation) in 2014. Previously, Inder has worked with mid-sized public practice firms located in both Surrey and Vancouver.
Inder specializes in providing accounting, tax and management consulting services to owner-managed businesses, individuals and those that are self employed. Inder also provides guidance to individuals who are starting up a new business and need assistance in bookkeeping and Canada Revenue Agency reporting.
Jasmine Garcha is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a Health and Lifestyle Blogger and the founder of Holistic Jazz. She is passionate about creating awareness and educating others on thriving through a holistic lifestyle. Jasmine is an intuitive and expressive storyteller who utilizes her true, raw and authentic story to empower others. She is also a holistic health enthusiast, smoothie bowl addict, sports fanatic, adventure seeker and world-wide traveler!
Jasmine Garcha completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in Psychology and extended minor in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Jasmine has worked with several non-profit organizations in the area of youth work, community safety, volunteer management, event and program planning. Jasmine is passionate about helping others and is an advocate for at-risk youth, cancer research and mental health. She is very active in the community at large as an avid volunteer and community activist.
After hitting rock bottom with her health, Jasmine returned to school to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Jasmine is the founder of Holistic Jazz, a platform dedicated to raising awareness about chronic illnesses, mental health and holistic wellness. Jasmine is an intuitive storyteller who shares her personal trials and tribulations of battling mental health and chronic health issues. She talks about her own career exploration journey through volunteering, mentorship and travelling.
Jagdeesh Mann (@JagdeeshMann) is a Jack Webster Award winning journalist and media professional based in Vancouver. Jagdeesh’s work can be regularly read in a number of Canadian news outlets: The Globe & Mail, The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Sun, Province, CBC, National Post, and others. When not working on an editorial assignment, he is usually managing marketing campaigns on the sales side of the media world. His company, Sunflower Media, is a boutique ad agency with a niche in multicultural and digital marketing. With a presence in Vancouver and Toronto, Sunflower Media has executed ad campaigns for a range of national and local clients including Philippine Airlines, Encorp Recycling, Calgary Stampede, Flair Air, Loblaws, Travel Portland, and many other companies.
Jody Bal-Toor, MD is an advocate for women’s health initiatives, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and more importantly, a mother to vibrant young girl, Nya. Jody is the founder and CEO of Empress Health and Wellness Centre, a revolutionary clinic that integrates medicine with more holistic approach.
Jody’s passion for advocating for women’s health initiatives began with her personal frustration and struggle of trying to conceive. Through this difficult experience, she became determined to provide effective treatment options and education for women undergoing similar struggles.
Having completed her under-grad at UBC, Jody went on to study medicine in Belize and then transferred to Miami, eventually finding her way home to Surrey, BC where she currently resides with her husband and daughter. Jody is also co-creator to Surrey Women in Business, which was founded from her passion and focus to support women and youth in her community.
Korine Deol is an Environmental Health Officer and has been with Fraser health for the past 10 years. Her current role is in Fraser Health’s Healthy Built Environment program which supports communities to engage in healthy eating, active lifestyles and overall better health and well-being.
Her background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of British Columbia and a Degree in Environmental Health from Concordia University. Outside of her professional practice, she is an active volunteer in the community of Surrey and has been involved in various Health Expos across Metro Vancouver.
Kuljit K. Sandhu has been practicing law since 2005. Kuljit has strong ties to the community, having grown up and attending school in Surrey. Her desire for law came early in life after taking a Law 12 class in High School and she has never looked back.
She completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, and then traveled east to the University of New Brunswick to pursue law. Kuljit practices exclusively in litigation matters with a focus on family law, personal injury and general civil litigation. After working for a traditional law firm for several years, Kuljit decided to start her own practice in 2013 when she opened Excel Law. Being her own boss has helped Kuljit pursue various areas of law but also ensure she maintains a good work and life balance.
Outside of law, Kuljit is a mother of two very active children that keep her on the soccer field and in ice rinks during her down-time.
Lucky Atwal was involved in the industry of sales and customer service where he worked as a Senior Project Manager and Trainer launching two outbound contact centres in New Delhi and Gurgoan, India. In 2004 Lucky decided to take a change in career path and joined the world of finance as he was brought on by a fortune 500 company JP Morgan Chase. He lead a position in Financial Services in which he excelled and gain specific industry knowledge for serving clients and exceeding expectations. His knowledge in the industry showed prominent growth and in 2007 he started working for Wells Fargo Financial as a Sub-Mortgage Broker.In 2010 Wells Fargo shut down their Canadian operations and it was at that time when Lucky decided to amplify his career path and become a self employed Mortgage Broker and obtained his license through the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Manpreet Dhillon, founder of Veza Community is an acclaimed Executive Coach, Management Consultant, Human Resources Strategist, Professional Speaker and Published Author. She brings over 15 years of leadership and community development expertise to the table and her experience spans program development and strategy implementation, Governance and Organizational Management, Small & Medium Business Consulting, and much more.
As sought-after consultant, coach and workshop facilitator, Manpreet has provided leadership, HR and diversity training and strategy for clients like the UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, Blenz Coffee, 7-Eleven, Terramera, as well as a host of tech and biotech companies, Canadian political parties, and non-profit organizations. Veza Community offers enriching personal and professional development opportunities. These opportunities train and mentor female leaders, of various cultural backgrounds, to speak up with confidence, and contribute their unique vantage point and expertise to create positive change in the entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors they serve.
With over a decade of experience in financial services Manpreet has acquired a highly specialized set of skills and knowledge related to money, banking, and financial institutions. This has led to the creation of MACC, an initiative based on individual account and price management, regardless of which provider you use. As well as the greater vision of portfolio management. As the founder of MACC, a local association, Manpreet has helped businesses save $1000’s in fees every year. With your support, Manpreet’s vision is to build a portfolio large enough to achieve price breaks that match Costco and Walmart.
An exuberant, care-free girl with passion driving her every move.
Maureen is a full time registered dental hygienist working in Yaletown whilst pursuing her Bachelor’s in Dental Sciences at UBC. With her future degree, she hopes to also become a teacher/clinical instructor for dental students. Maureen wishes for people to see dental hygienists as much more than “teeth cleaners”. Her job is to first and foremost educate, build personal yet professional rapports and apply preventative measures in order to maintain a healthy oral and overall lifestyle for all her patients. Along with her career and full schedule, Maureen is adamant on making time for other passions that tap into her creative side. Her passion for celebrity and everyday fashion has landed her another job as the head stylist at Sunny’s Bridal, a popular vendor for South Asian wedding attire.
Maureen is a firm believer that one does not always need to “stick to the plan”. Just like how she believes she was never “meant” to do what she does, but the fact that there is a certain happiness, satisfaction and overall joy in what she does, it becomes so worth it!
Manjot Bains is the co-founder + editor-in-chief of Jugni Style.com, and producer of The Nameless Collective Podcast. As a writer and communications consultant, her creative non-fiction writing has been published in Geist Magazine, Huffington Post, and numerous corporate publications. Manjot is also co-creator of Anara Design Company, a modern textiles + home decor brand carried in stores across Vancouver + Brooklyn. An active community volunteer, Manjot is a member of the BC Arts Council and a past member of the City of Vancouver Multicultural Advisory Committee. She loves French pastries, pilates and reading race theory.
Misha was born in Amritsar, India. Due to the nature of her father’s occupation (Indian Army Officer), Misha got to experience the various cultures and fashions of 29 different states in India, hence developing interest in fashion, colors, art and traditions that came with each culture. Misha moved to Vancouver, Canada with her family in 2004. After obtaining a dual degree in Marketing and International Business from Beedie School of Business, Misha also obtained a post graduate diploma from UBC in Digital Communication and Content. In 2017 Misha went onto study Fashion Business and Creative Arts at John Casablancas Institute.
As of today, Misha runs two fashion companies. Styling Your Soul (SYS) is a consulting firm that was launched in December 2016. SYS does fashion consulting for entertainment industry, private clients, corporates and guest speaking at various events and conferences. SYS works extensively and passionately with their clients to develop the brand image the clients want to create for themselves. Ruhiv is the clothing line Misha launched in April 2018. The name Ruhiv roots from the word ‘ruh’ which in Punjabi means soul. Iv is another way of writing eve, as in evening. Ruhiv dresses your souls from morning to evening. If your soul is dressed with positivity, energy and charisma, your beauty cannot be hidden. Ruhiv aims to dress your soul with these elements and get you to be the best version of yourself.
Pamal Deol is a Nurse Practitioner currently working at the South Community Birth Program and South Hill Family Health Centre in Vancouver. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from BCIT prior to receiving her Masters in Nursing- Nurse Practitioner from UBC. With over 10 years of experience working in women’s health, her clinical practice areas range from acute to community care. She holds a national certificate with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in addition to being a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
Parveen is a creative who designs unique interiors, which leave a lasting impression. She founded Vancouver-based design firm Kenzi Design House Inc. in 2005 and has designed a multitude of residential and commercial projects.
Prior to finding her passion for Interior Design, Parveen studied corporate finance at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), following high school graduation. Working at an accounting firm, she felt unfulfilled and couldn’t imagine this type of profession for her future. She took a year off, and really focused on what it was that would feed her creativity. “I was always drawn to composition of objects, from an early age and art classes were my favourite. Painting, pottery, drawing, I loved it all. That’s when I decided I was going to take an introductory Interior Design Course at BCIT. From there, the rest was history.” Parveen completed the Diploma of Technology in Interior Design from BCIT, and that was the best career decision for her. “I have a natural talent and BCIT’s curriculum was the best suited for my career path”.
Kenzi Design House is a full service design firm specializing in new builds for private residences, commercial projects and renovations. www.kenzidesignhouse.com
Pauly Dhillon is a Fraser Valley Real Estate Agent working for Sutton Westcoast Realty. Pauly was born and raised in Langley and attended R.E Mountain Secondary. Upon graduation, he ventured into collegiate life pursuing his interest in business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. While attending university and taking into account over 6 years of sales experience at FutureShop, Pauly applied and graduated from the Real Estate program at UBC Sauder’s School of Business. In the last 3 years since graduation, Pauly has taken his drive and passion for the real estate market and successfully assisted a multitude of individuals in finding their dream homes.
Preet Bains is the owner and operator of Machine Fit, a mobile personal training service that caters to clients of all fitness abilities, body types and health and fitness goals. Preet also recently went back to school to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner combining her love of fitness with nutrition. Preet Bains has also completed her Sports Science Diploma and is Pre and Post Natal Certified.
Preet Sanghera is a Vancouver based photographer that hustles working with different people in the visual arts community to capture their essence through the lens.
Priya Sharma, RMT, is a 2014 graduate of Massage Therapy Program of Vancouver Career College and is the 3rd place winner of the August 2014 Clinical Case Report Awards by Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia (RMTBC). Her article “Massage therapy and essential tremor: to abate the symptoms” has been published and can be viewed on RMTBC’s website.
Priya is passionate about how the body heals innately and how it functions in the presence of diverse stressors. She believes that supporting the body’s ability can restore its strength and balance in areas of injury and pain.Outside of the RMT life, Priya is an instructor at VaCC for the RMT program where she helps prepare future RMT’s. She also enjoys learning new activities, dancing, and reading.Priya always welcomes any questions and is ready to help new patients improve their quality of life.
Raj Thandhi is the owner of a digital marketing agency, specializing in social media and public relations – Pink Chai Media. She has worked in marketing & communications for 15+, and has been self-employed for half that time. Her love of writing and social media also led to the creation of a personal blog which has grown nationally, and she is a founding partner of the South Asian Bloggers Network.
Rajbir is a respectful accountant who has made her mark in the wedding industry.Growing up in a South Asian household, and being surrounded by the rich, vibrant culture, Rajbir grew an appreciation for extravagant, luxurious wedding. A love for Design, and eye for details and exceptional organization skills; Rajbir’s goal is to create an experience that will last beyond an event day!
Raveena is a self-taught baker and cake designer turned pastry chef. Raveena found her passion at the ripe age of 16, when she was creating cakes for friends and families, even creating some of her high school projects in cake form. Thus, Just Cakes was officially born in 2010. Over the years, the small, home-based business has grown popularity and presence in the local community and amongst social media, allowing Raveena to pay for post-secondary education all the while. After receiving her BA degree at the University of British Columbia, Raveena travelled to Paris, France to learn from the best French chefs about the art of pastry. Returning in 2016, Raveena began to plan what we know now as Just Cakes Bakeshop. With the bakery doors opening in July 2017, Raveena’s passion is ignited afresh daily, and she continues to fruitfully enjoy the reactions and positive feedback the Bakeshop has since received. Raveena’s favorite things on the menu are cream puffs – it reminds her of the traditional but oh-so-good pastries she enjoyed in her days in Paris.
Inspired by her culture, love for natural beauty, and making women feel beautiful, Ravy and her co-founding team launched Bombay Brow Bar in 2010. Today, Bombay has grown into a highly coveted beauty brand focused on spreading love through beauty. Ravy and her team continue to aspire and evolve to become the leading natural beauty brand inspired by ancient beauty rituals that always delivers beauty experiences with love.
Rick Garcha is a third-generation builder and has an extensive background in the housing industry. Rick obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Financial Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Rick initially had a desire to pursue a career in accounting but decided to follow through with his passion in real estate and development. Rick also has a background in the banking industry, having worked in the industry for a number of years and is a licensed Real Estate Agent. Rick uses his wide array of knowledge from all aspects of the industry to continuously implement new concepts into housing projects at Major Homes Ltd.
Dr. Roop Dhesi is an evidence-based chiropractic doctor, health advisor, college instructor and wellness blogger and speaker.
Born and raised in Abbotsford, B.C. she carved her own path as a trailblazer being the first to graduate from university in her family from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors of Kinesiology and later graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (Toronto) in 2010. She followed her passion to help people with injuries, performance, injury prevention and wellness care in the Fraser Valley with her skills, education and talent, with a special interest in long distance and endurance sports and pregnancy. Her love for education enrolled her in further studies while she maintained her clinical practice studying pediatric and pregnancy care. Dr. Dhesi has a deep love for wellness inspired living that has led her to study all over the world learning from mindful and wellness practitioners in China, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, United States, and India. She was featured in an International wedding documentary, Little India Big Business for her inspired mindful and wellness approach. She now shares her mindful and wellness techniques with her patients, students and mentees. Dr. Dhesi is recently taking a break from her clinical practice and is focusing on teaching anatomy and neurology as a college instructor, serving as a wellness speaker at corporations all over the lower mainland and is fueled by her purpose in life to inspire people around her. She can be found at www.healthwithroop.com
Dr. Dhesi believes that her success is because of her determination of self growth through reading and education and surrounding herself with healthy and loving relationships and most of all having confident mentors who guided her. Attributes of honesty, perseverance, commitment, passion, and purpose are essential ingredients for continued success, often times doors close, opportunities disappear and it’s your job to get back up and break through them or create new ones as I did. The path isn’t clear or easy but you can make it a fun one!
A lover of all things creative, Rupi is a trailblazer in combining elements to deliver design solutions across many different industries. From graphics, to photography, to interiors, to fashion, to events. Her eye for detail and ear for communication is conveyed with her ventures: Karisma Home Design and Studio Orange Design + Photography. Behind the lens, Rupi conveys an evocative approach to shooting weddings, portraiture, advertising, and still life. In the residential space, Rupi breaks through industry challenges as she introduces creative approaches to new construction and interior design.
Rupi Kainth worked over 10 years in marketing and design for municipal government, while starting her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 25 by starting Studio Orange Photography. Currently, she is a single-mom, who continues her projects with her company Karisma Home Design, and Studio Orange. She is also the co-founder of Photographers Academy, where she teaches students photography.
Sabina is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers and a member with the British Columbia Association of Social Workers. She received her Bachelor of Social in 2002 from the University of Victoria and her Master of Social Work in 2008 from the University of British Columbia. Sabina has worked in the UK in the area of Child Protection and in BC with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She has spent the last 10 years working for Fraser Health in many different capacities. Her current role is with the Patient Care Quality Office in which she assists patients and families with a thorough review of their concerns about care and treatment. Sabina also has a private practice of her own which she runs in the evenings and weekends. Sabina is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance International. She believes in holistic wellness and the embodied experience of counselling and yoga as a way of linking mind and body to support moving through difficult challenges. Sabina practices trauma sensitive yoga as a mode of recovery and coping.
Sara is a Registered Kinesiologist/ Exercise Physiologist. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UBC Okanagan where she specialized in neurorehabilitation and sport performance. During this time she also competed with the varsity women’s volleyball team and won 3 national, and 3 provincial medals, including 2 back to back undefeated seasons. When Sara wasn’t playing sports, attending classes, or working out, she was at the schools gym, working as gym staff. She helped run multiple volleyball camps, and sport performance camps for children and youth in the Okanagan. Upon returning home from the Okanagan, Sara felt a desire and passion for developing the next generation of youth females and youth female athletes. Thus, Mint Club Athletics was born. Since 2012, Sara has been working hard in the community to develop a program that was accessible, well rounded, and truly unique. In addition to her after school programs, she works in the local clubs, sports academies, and with the Surrey school district.
Aside from accomplishing a career in nursing, being a mom has been one of Sonia Kang’s biggest and greatest achievements in her life. Now that her little family is complete, She wanted to get back into the workforce with some flexibility in her schedule. So she shifted her focus from nursing onto Fraser Valley’s real estate market. She is now an agent for Sutton Group West Coast Realty. This journey so far has been filled with fear, excitement, meeting amazing new people and rewarding challenges.
Sukhi Ghuman is a community builder, connector, digital marketing consultant and lifestyle photographer. She has spent over 10 years working in various sectors of the entertainment industry, as a producer, writer, television host and reporter for Shaw Multicultural Channel and Shaw TV. Currently, Sukhi freelances as a Digital Marketing Strategist, with an emphasis on branding and social media. Sukhi is also a lifestyle photographer and works as a Marketing and Events Manager with the University of British Columbia. Sukhi also co-founded the Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBF) Network in 2006, a networking group dedicated to empowering young girls and women, and she was a board of Director with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) Society for 12 years. Currently, Sukhi is a Board of Director with the Roundhouse Community Art and Culture Centre.
I am a husband and a proud daddy of three little boys all currently 5 and under. Before becoming a Border Services Officer, I completed my studies as a Youth Justice Worker and worked as a Youth Worker in the community. At the age of 17 I became probably the youngest person to serve on a Gurdwara committee. After four years as Secretary of a local Gurdwara I served on the Board of Directors of the Surrey Food Bank, following that I volunteered in an advisory role for two local Gurdwaras advocating for increased programming for youth. I also Produced/Hosted Ik Onkar TV for several years, a local variety television show showcasing youth and role models in our community that are doing great things! I am now in my 10thyear of service with the Canada Border Services Agency in the Pacific Highway District. I’ve spent most of my time at the Peace Arch Border Crossing which is the second busiest land border crossing in all of Canada however I’ve also spent time at various other Port of Entries in the district including Commercial Operations. I am currently an Executive Steward in our local for the Customs & Immigration Union. Workplace activism is important to me tackling issues of inclusion, diversity, safety, and mental health in the workplace. I serve as a member of the CBSA’s National LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee where we focus on important initiatives & policies related to the LBGTQ+ community in our agency. I am proud to be a LGBTQ+ ally and advocate for progressive policies on inclusion and equality. I am an active member of the Pacific Region CBSA ceremonial unit, representing the agency at events and memorials in the community.
Susan is a family law lawyer, and practices primarily in the area of divorce she deals with child custody, adoption and property division. Susan is with YLaw Group, having two locations, in Vancouver and South Surrey.
This lawyer has an abundance of achievements behind her, all of which show how well she can work under pressure. Susan mastered the violin with the assistance of teachers in Canada and as well as in London, UK. She is an active professional choreographer and dancer, having won various awards through dance competitions, workshops and camps. Susan is also a natural problem-solver, since a young age, she has been exceptionally talented at solving difficult equations, winning countless math competitions and awards.
Susan is heavily involved with the South Asian and legal community while being part of various legal associations, Susan is a key member of the British Columbia Committee for the Sikh Research Institute. A thought leader in family law, Susan is featured on a weekly television shows every Saturday on Joy TV, namely, Dil Diyan Gallan and Jaagriti, providing legal tips and guidance to the South Asian community. Susan is a devoted blogger and has also been featured on a radio call-in show, RED FM, allowing listeners to ask questions regarding family law. Susan is very active in her community, supporting many organizations such as Sikh Research Institute, Punjab Digital Library and Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (for the homeless).
Taranjit (Taran) Cheema is a Canadian-born designer who has a strong eye for colors and graphics. She explores mix media and always strives to create unique and inspirational pieces. In addition to fashion, she also enjoys exploring other passions such as photography and fine arts.
Originally, she pursued her love for fine arts, which naturally progressed into an interest in fashion design. In 2009, she got accepted into Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Taran Cheema recently graduated from Parsons with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. In May 2013, she exhibited her thesis collection at the Parsons 560 Exhibition and the Parsons Benefit Gala. Within her graduating class in the fashion program, she was recognized as being among the students who received a high score on her thesis collection. Her Thesis collection was also sought out by Lady Gaga’s stylist , Brandon Maxwell. Taran now resides in Vancouver, BC where she has launched her colorful label TKC Design Inc.
Taran Mullhi is the owner & designer of Vancouver based fashion brand Mahari Collection. Her early interest in creative arts led to studying textiles throughout high school & eventually securing a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Management. Since moving to Vancouver in 2012 Taran established Mahari Collection with designs focusing on merging her British & Indian heritage to create contemporary wear pieces.
Poised, compassionate and engaging are the words that come to mind when you first meet Tarannum. With over 15 years of experience in performing arts, broadcasting, and community involvement Tarannum is one of Vancouver’s most recognized media personalities in the South Asian community. As a young child growing up in a family of theater actors, performing arts came naturally to Tarannum. She would set up her tape recorder and interview her family and friends as a reporter on the news. At five years old, Tarannum entered the world of entertainment with her first stage performance and never looked back.
Tarannum has not only made a mark as a host of her own television show & radio broadcaster but as the face of the South Asian community has been invited to emcee hundreds of high profile community events.Tarannum is currently a reporter with OMNI News and can be seen interviewing local, national and international celebrities, providing up to date news on the latest bollywood news @ 9-10 pm, channel 8.
“Tript & Prabh are sisters, best friends, and founders of Buzzing Creatives, where creatives minds learn the power of social media for their business. Tript, Masters in International Development & Prabh, Masters in Classical Archaeology, are passionate about learning and teaching. As Pinterest & Instagram Experts, this passion carries over into their online courses that teach social media. They are two passionate women who have created a space online for creative women to come together and learn the power of social media for their business along with providing them with a supportive, inclusive community.”
Vijay is a broadcaster actively working in South Asian media for over 16 years. Having worked in various capacities in the radio industry, Vijay has been able to put his talents to use as a Creative Copywriter, an Entertainment Host, a Political News Talk Host and a Program Director. In his career so far, Vijay has interviewed, among others, Bollywood superstars like Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, and Canadian political personalities like current federal ministers Harjit Sajjan, Navdeep Bains, former Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair and former BC Premier Christy Clark. Vijay’s passion for performing arts has also earned him opportunities to act in Punjabi movies and he has numerous voiceovers to his credit. In his spare time Vijay likes to read and write poetry, and engage in outdoor activities.