Learning common language helps create connections

Via: Richmond News

A common language is the bond that binds us all together as Canadians. It opens up so many doors and possibilities in addition to broadening one’s horizons.

There is an old saying that it is never too late to learn. These students are proving it to be true. Learning at least one of Canada’s official languages — French or English —should be every immigrant’s top priority.

As a matter of fact, learning as many languages as possible is a great asset. Rather than confining ourselves to our ethnic enclaves, we need to reach out and integrate. This is what Canada is all about. We should be proud of our heritage and mother tongue. However, at the same time, we must be equally proud of being Canadian. Read full article here

The Beauty is in the Diversity

Via: The Province

Balwant Sanghera’s main message in the wake of the shooting is that Canada is a great, welcoming country of immigrants that is not defined by the actions of one crazy person. Mr. Sanghera says he thinks of Canada’s multicultural society as a beautiful garden filled with many different flowers and colours. “The beauty is in the diversity,” he says. So what is the answer to those who refuse to see that beauty? We need to do more of what Mr.Sanghera has been doing for more than 50 years since arriving in Canada from India — reaching out to other cultural communities in friendship. Read full article here

Gurdwara Nanak Niwas A Hub Of Activity During Summer Months

Via The Link

India Cultural Centre of Canada’s Gurdwara Nanak Niwas is a hub of activity for weddings and other activities especially during the summer months. In addition to that, every Monday is also a very busy day. First, it is the yoga class led by veteran yoga teacher Nashattar Singh Mattharu. That is followed by Chai Chaupal, a program jointly sponsored by the Richmond Multicultural Community Services and the Gurdwara. However, this past Monday, July4 had a lot more. In addition to the yoga class there was also the clinic for cholesterol and blood pressure. There was a long line up of people waiting to have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. From there they moved on to an exciting information session about Richmond Hospital.

Members of the Chai Chaupal group had expressed an interest in learning more about the hospital services and the proposed acute care tower. Consequently, Jon Hicke, Director of Marketing and Communications for Richmond Hospital Foundation was invited to share information about these subjects with members of the congregation who are also active participants in these programs. Jon Hicke explained in detail the need for more modern updated facilities and equipment. He stated that the current hospital is 50 years old. During the past 50 years the population of Richmond has quadrupled from 50,000 to more than 200,000. Also, with the aging population there is need for more acute care facilities and equipment. Read full article here

Richmond resident Balwant Sanghera is a member of the India Cultural Centre of Canada’s Gurdwara Nanak Niwas Management Committee.