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JARNAIL SINGH UPPAL, 81, originally from Uppal village, Punjab.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. at Delta’s Five Rivers Funeral Home. Bhog will follow at 3 p.m. at Vancouver’s Ross Street Gurdwara.

Contact: Tarsem Singh Uppal at 604-327-5548





BACHAN KAUR JOSAN, 87, passed away on January 3.

She was originally from Satjibi village near Ganganagar in India.

Her funeral will take place on Sunday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Funeral Home, 7410 Hopcott Rod, Delta.

Bhog follows at 4 p.m. at Gurdwara Sahib Brookside, 8365 140 Street, Surrey.

For condolences, please call sons Gurmej Josan at 604-808-3706 and Avtar Josan at 604-649-2843.




Free Basketball Camp in January


Fraser Valley Basketball Association (FVBA) is a federal non-profit community organization which is committed to the enjoyment and development of basketball among children. They are conducting FREE basketball camps in the month of January: January 10-11, 17-18, 24-25. Camps are absolutely free. They believe that every child deserves to play. The camps will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Gym location:  6962 124 Street, Surrey. For more info, call 778-833-3822. basketballfv.com


South Asian Seniors: Group Birthday


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian senior members to celebrate group birthday of 18 senior members born in November and December on Saturday, January 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. There will be snacks, tea and pop drinks as well as live entertainment by guest singers Roopa Bakshi and Suman Sharma, and others. There will be a cake-cutting ceremony and pure vegetarian lunch and dessert will be served. Registration required for non-members. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for registration.


South Asian Seniors: Cruise and Tour


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey is organizing a 19-day cruise to Panama Canal and a tour to Orlando Attractions USA from April 15 to May 8. A meeting of all the families who have already registered for the cruise has been arranged for January 11 at 2 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey The meeting has been arranged to introduce people to one another and discuss some important issues regarding the tour. It may take about an hour. Tea and light snacks will be served after the meeting. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Life After Cancer


Richmond Public Library will be hosting the free program “Life After Cancer” on Monday, January 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is offered in English. Thanks to improving treatment and care, more and more people in British Columbia are surviving after having a diagnosis of cancer. Learn what the BC Cancer Agency is doing to address cancer survivorship issues and what you can do right now as a cancer survivor or supporter. Presenter is Jill Matheson a nurse practitioner who provides care to cancer survivors.


Talk on Palestine Issue


“First Peoples, Palestine and the Crushing of Free Speech.” A talk by Prof. Stephen Salaita, American professor, whose hiring at the University of Illinois was recently reversed because of his tweets about Israel’s war on Gaza. Two presentations: Monday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Segal rooms at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, and Wednesday, January 14, at 5 p.m. in the Coach House, Green College, UBC, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road. Free events. For further information, contact Sheila Delany sdelany@sfu.ca.


Richmond Public Library: Success for Introverts


Richmond Public Library is hosting the program “The Dynamic Introvert” on Wednesday, January 14 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free. According to presenter Lesley Taylor, being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be successful at work and/or school despite the many challenges you may face.  This workshop will offer practical advice and proven techniques to help introverts succeed in life. Taylor is the author of The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly with Passion and Purpose.


‘Literacy for Life’ Adult Program


“Literacy for Life” is a free adult program that will be held on Friday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning January 16 until May 15. The first 6 weeks will take place at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Weeks 7-12 will take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Learning Center, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free and offered in English. The first 6 weeks of this program focuses on improving participants’ reading, writing and computer skills with instructors from FIRST Society (Filipinos in Richmond Support Team). The last 6 weeks participants will learn skills to improve job prospects or explore further education opportunities with tutors from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Participants must have intermediate-level speaking and listening English skills. This program is sponsored by the Community Adult Literacy Program of the Province of British Columbia. If participants attend all 12 sessions they will be awarded a KPU Certificate of Completion.


Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV


Seventh exhibition launch at Sikh Heritage Museum located in the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple, 33094 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. This exhibition features the very important stories of the only 10 known Canadian Sikh soldiers to have served in WWI. The launch date, Sunday, January 18 (1-3 p.m.) will feature original artifacts and materials for viewing as UFV works in partnership with the Indus Media Foundation of Canada and the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada in Toronto. The launch will also feature Q & A with documentary filmmaker David Gray – Canadian Soldier Sikhs: A Little Story in a Big War – and a talk by Lt.-Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan of the British Columbia Regiment. All are invited to attend and refreshments will follow the short program. The exhibition will be available for viewing yearlong until December 2015.


SAFA Annual General Meeting


SAFA’s Annual General Meeting on January 18, 2-4 p.m. at Multi-Purpose Room, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver. Phone: (604) 718-6505. All current and new members are invited to come and hear what SAFA has been doing and what is planned for the future.


Developing Confidence, Self-Esteem in Children


Wednesday, January 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. Interested in learning techniques to build your child’s confidence and self-esteem? Attend a free program ‘Developing Confidence and Self-Esteem in Children’ at Muriel Arnason Library, 20338 65 Avenue, Langley. Stacey Phillips, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, will share useful tools for communicating with children and better understanding their behaviours and needs. Call 604-532-3590 or visit the library to register for this free program.


All Star Wrestling


At Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver, on Friday, January 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. Former WWE Star Jinder Mahal vs Travis Sionys; Azeem The Dream vs Mr India; The Great Kasaki vs Fabulous Fabio. Ladies Wrestling: Bambi Hall vs vixen. The Breakers vs Johnny Obsession & Christopher Ryseck. Don Ciever vs Hurricane Adam Ryder. Flexx Payne vs Toga Boy. Meet the wrestlers after the show at Hudsons Landing Pub,1041 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver. Phone: 604-263-5445. Tickets prices: $20 for Front Row; $15 for General Admission. Available at: www.allstar-wrestling.com / 604-710-0872 or at: Bruce Guitars, 434 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, (604) 428-9118.


Langley’s International Festival Society


5th annual Multicultural Gala Dinner & Awards evening on Saturday, January 31 at 6 p.m. at the Langley Golf and Banquet Centre at 4343 – 216 Street, Langley. The celebration recognizes the individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Spirit of Cultural Diversity to the Langley community through their activities, volunteer work or employment. There will be four awards in four different categories including Youth, Seniors, Community Services Award, and Education. Think of a Langley resident or Langley-based organization or an institution that you would like to nominate that has made an outstanding contributions to the Langley community through their activities, work or employment. Nominees must be current residents and / or has employment / business proprietors within Langley. Nomination forms and details for submitting the applications are available on website: www.internationalfestival.ca/. The nominations must be submitted latest by January 5. 

If you are interested in attending this entertaining evening, reserve your seat online at www.internationalfestival.ca/ or email at gala@internationalfestival.ca or call 778-298-7703.


Surrey Women in Business Award Nominations


The 6th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards organized by the Surrey Board of Trade with presenting sponsor, Vancity, is taking place in March. Nominations are now open. Nominate a Surrey businesswoman in one of the four award categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate / Leadership, Professional, or Not-for-Profit Leader.  Go to: www.businessinsurrey.com for details. Nomination deadline:  Friday, February 6. For additional information about the event or assistance with completing a nomination, contact Brianne Colbert, Event Marketing Coordinator, at the Surrey Board of Trade, at brianne@businessinsurrey.com or 604-634-0347.


PICS Kids Club


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society has launched the PICS Kids Club for students in grades K-12 who need a little extra help with their school work and studies. The tutoring sessions are $20/hour and they run every Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. at PICS Society head office, 205-12725 80th Avenue, Surrey. For more information, contact Sunita Dhaliwal at 604-596-7722, ext. 141.


Unemployed, Non E.I. receiver, Looking for a Job?


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society’s Job Options BC program in White Rock / South Surrey is providing opportunities for unemployed non-EI British Columbians 18 years of age or older. If you’re looking to get into the job market, then this program is for you. The eligibility criteria for Job Options BC program are: * Unemployed British Columbians who are Landed Immigrants or Canadian Citizens and aren’t attending school * Non-EI receivers who haven’t established a regular Employment Insurance claim in the last 3 years; and haven’t established a maternity or parental claim in the past 5 years * Individuals who are most likely to benefit from long term job search help, supported work experience and follow-up support services. Funded through the Canada – B.C. Labour Market Agreement, the program offers: * 4 to 6 weeks of facilitated group work followed by 4 to 6 weeks of work experience options to a maximum of 10 weeks * Training allowances for 4 to 6 weeks of group work * Preparation for employment, or where appropriate, further training and up to 6 months follow up support * Opportunity to train and work with a BC employer. The next session starts on January 12, 2015 and intake is ongoing. For more information, contact Job Options BC Program: PICS Society #206-1461 Johnston Road, White Rock. Phone: 604-531-8299, Fax 604-531-9057, danny.pendhall@pics.bc.ca


SAFA: International Women’s Day


SAFA is presenting International Women’s Day (IWD) with a South Asian focus in partnership with the Langara School of Nursing.  This event will take place on March 8. This year’s theme is “Make It Happen” through education, empowerment and awareness. The day promises to be one of education, promise and fun.  You can participate in this conference via poster or oral presentations. Informational providers have the opportunity to come and share their resources and information via information booths.  Registration fee for service provider is $50. For further information, contact Prav at Pdhaliwal@langara.bc.ca. / Suki at Sgrewal@langara.bc.ca / visit www.safa.ca / Call 778-688-3996.