NEW HOPE SENIOR CITIZENS OF BRAMPTON ORGANIZE COLORFUL AWARD CEREMONY
High-heeled event attended by members of parliament and eminent community leaders
Ontario – New Hope Senior Citizens of Brampton celebrated its immensely popular Community Services Award ceremony that was organised recently at The Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library. The felicitation, held to recognize the efforts of those who have brought laurels to the community, was dedicated to Dr Ranvir Sharda, well known homeopathic doctor and a legendary media personality who greatly commended the efforts of the club. Dr Sharda has been tirelessly working for the welfare of the community for several years and so was awarded for his commendable social service.
The colorful event started with guest registration followed by healthy snacks. Speaking on the occasion Shambhu Dutt Sharma, President of the club, said: “It is a great honor for us to felicitate those who have made the Indian community proud in this foreign land.” Understanding the odds of this age, Shambhu Dutt has zealously taken it upon himself to pave the path for a better future for the generations to come and respect for their seniors. The club comprises 60% ladies and 40% men from various ethnic backgrounds.
He also sang the national anthem of India along with 200 community members, guests and dignitaries present on the occasion including MPP Vic Dhillon and the newly elected MPP Harinder Malhi. Appreciating the initiative of setting up a club that presents a truly Indian spectrum Vic Dhillon offered his all out support for the body adding he will walk the talk and vehemently endorse their demand for a proper venue in the corridors of power. He enthralled seniors when he sang ‘oh Canada’.
Harinder Malhi also enlisted her support and assured of her backing for the humane cause of seniors. Yudvir Jaswal, CEO of Midweek South Asian Newspaper and TV also spoke highly of the organization saying his paper and radio show, South asian Pulse will robustly highlight the cause of seniors and serve as their mouthpiece to redress their grievances. He was also appreciative of the energy and efforts put in for the last 40 years for community welfare by Dr Sharda who is the guest speaker on Southasian Pulse aired at 770 AM daily between 10am to 12 noon from Monday to Friday.
Awards were conferred upon several eminent members including Harwans Singh Sidhu who for years has been offering his Grand Empire Banquet Hall for Indians applying for pensions; his son Gurjit Singh for assisting the elderly; writers Harchand Singh Bassi and Puran Singh Pandhi; Gurdev Singh Mann, President of North York Sikh Temple; prominent media personality Satpal Johal from SSTV; Rajinder Saini, Editor of Pravasi newspaper, and Satish Thakkar CGA, Ex-President Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Dinesh Parma, Vice-President of the club lauded the tremendous support of community and media while Shambhu Dutt Sharma thanked advisors and the executive committee members for helping to organize such successful events.
Guests were also informed of the club’s Summer Fun Fair that includes a number of activities for senior citizens highlighting the resolve of a club that is investing judiciously in the city’s seniors and hailing their contribution.