In memory of 


(1940 – 2015)


Born in the Lautoka, Fiji Islands and resident of Vancouver since 1970.

Passed away recently.

Loved and not forgotten by family and friends in Fiji, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Special condolences from Alice Samy in the UK and the Dewan family in Vancouver.

Funeral will be held on Saturday January 31 at 11 a.m. at:

St Anthony of Padua Parish

1345 West 73rd Avenue

Vancouver, B.C.






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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. Everyone is invited to be a part of this evening. 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 are still a few tickets available. Visit www.internationalfestival.ca/ or email at gala@internationalfestival.ca or call 778-298-7703 to reserve your seat. It will be a fun-filled evening with live music, dance, delicious food, meeting the dignitaries and community leaders, and networking with the businesses while appreciating the diversity of our culture.


All Star Wrestling: Superbrawl


Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale Fair Grounds, 6050 176 Street, Surrey. On January 31: Doors open 7 p.m., Bell Time 8 p.m. Tickets: Front Row: $20. General: $15. Career vs Career; ASW Tag Team Titles with Jinder Mahal & Gama Singh Jr. (Champions) vs Travis Sionys & Nick Price; $1000 Challenge with Moondog Manson vs Nasty Nate Daniels; TKO Cody Smith vs Jorel Nelson; Girls Gone Wrestling with Bambi Hall vs Sunni Daze; Christopher Ryseck vs Hurricane Adam Ryder. Tickets available at: www.allstar-wrestling.com / 604-710-0872; Central City Comix, 10221 King George Highway, Surrey, at 604-584-2664; Comic Scene, Evergreen Mall, 8912 152nd Street, Surrey, at 604-582-2877.


Surrey Kids Read Event


Surrey Libraries honours Family Literacy Day with its annual celebration, Surrey Kids Read, on January 31 at Guildford Town Centre’s Centre Court from 12-3 p.m. The popular free, family event will feature performances by children’s musician Tony Prophet, storytelling by Silly Susie, and a ventriloquist show by Wendy Stuart. Local community groups will be on site to provide face painting, activities, and information for children and families. Surrey Libraries’ mascots, Walter and Jazzy, will be there at noon to greet families and take pictures. To celebrate Family Literacy Day, Surrey Libraries will also be hosting fun free Family Board Games events at all branches during the month of January. To learn more about these events or Surrey Libraries’ many literacy related initiatives, visit www.surreylibraries.ca.


South Asian Seniors: Legal Will & Estate Planning


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and non-members to attend a Seminar on Legal Will & Estate Planning by Vandana Kapoor, Pre-Planning Director at Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, on Sunday, February 1, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question-and-answer session. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Newton BIA


February 1, 12-2 p.m. at The Newton Grove (next to the Newton Wave Pool / 13730 72 Avenue, Surrey): The first ever Groundhog Day in Newton. A free, family-friendly event. Opening ceremony with City Councillor Vera Lefranc. Giant tree stump with Lou Jack (Early Pioneer) the Groundhog. Crafts table for kids & goodie bags presented by Deserres and the Youth Arts Council. Groundhog photo board for pictures donated by Fast Signs. Groundhog Day coupons / token for promotions at local businesses. Live music performed by Juno nominated local musician Neil Harnett (www.neilharnett.com). Closing ceremony with Lou Jack the Groundhog popping out to determine the length of winter. Plus a free screening of “Groundhog Day” the Movie at Hollywood 3 Cinemas @ 2 p.m.


World Interfaith Harmony Week


The UNO in October 2010 proclaimed the first week of February, every year, the World Interfaith Harmony Week. This year Global Clergy Association of Canada will celebrate in collaboration with the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society and Multifaith Action Society on February 3 at Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 8321-140 Street in Surrey. Program will commence at 7 p.m. It will include prayers and talks from religious representatives of Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Unitarianism and Zoroastrianism, musical items and panel discussion. All are welcome. Dinner will be served to all guests. For further information, call Satish Kumar, President of VHCS, at 604-596-4777, Dr. J. Das at 604-599-6876 or coordinator Acharya Dwivedi at 604-507-3099.


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.


UN World Interfaith Harmony Week


Saturday, February 7, 1-4 p.m., at Surrey City Centre Library, Room 120. The Surrey Interfaith Council is hosting an Interfaith Celebration to wrap up “World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015”. This year we will focus on the spirit of love and devotion, requesting people from various faiths and traditions to offer prayers and blessings by reciting, singing or chanting them. Participants appreciate the opportunity to have conversations with one another. Therefore, this celebration will provide ample time for that to take place focusing on the theme, “Acceptance and Respect for all Faiths.” Dr. Scott Dunbar will give a keynote address to provide focus for the small group discussions. He is an Associate to the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations at Monash University, Australia, as well as a faculty member in Monash’s Centre of Religious Studies.


Sai Lakshacharan


All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Center of B.C. (3885 Albert Street, Burnaby) to participate in Sai Lakshacharan Japa and Bhajans on Saturday, February 7 at 5 p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. Bhajan / Kirtan. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Sai Japa. 7:30 p.m. Priti Bhojan. Contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259; Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958; Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989; or Temple at 604-299-5922.


St. Mark Concert Series


A non-profit event: Steve Maddock in a concert of hot jazz for a cool season on Sunday, February 8, 2-4:15 p.m. at Mark Ocean Park, 12953 20 Avenue, Surrey. Arts & Entertainment, Benefits, Music. Teens, 19+, Seniors: Cost $15.


Richmond’s Children’s Arts Festival


The Children’s Arts Festival is held at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, February 9. The Children’s Arts Festival grows this year to include the new Sonic Garden featuring live musical performances and art activities all day long.  The festival is also adding an international flavour with two performances by the world renowned Beijing Shadow Play Art Troupe. Children can also join Governor General’s award winning author / illustrator Barbara Reid in creating the festival’s first ever digital book. She will present two plasticine art workshops for children ages 6-10 years. General Festival Admission is $5 per person. Admission provides drop-in access to all of the performances and Imagination Stations. In addition, admission includes access to magic shows, family improv theatre and a special reading by author Brandee Bublé.  Tickets for Barbara Reid’s workshops and the Beijing Shadow Play Art Troupe performances are $15 per person, which includes festival admission. Kids will also love the Creativity Classes, where children can try something new including Aboriginal Beading, Groove Dance, Dynamic Poster Prints, and much more. Classes are $10-15 per participant and also include festival admission. All activities offer highly interactive and high quality artistic activities for children 12 and under, and are led by local professional artists who enjoy working with children and are passionate about their art. Full details can be found at www.childrensartsfestival.ca. You can also register for classes and purchase tickets at www.richmond.ca/register or 604 276-4300. Families are also encouraged to help fill the Cowell Auto Group Community Car on site by bringing a non-perishable food item. All donations will go to the Richmond Food Bank.


GVHBA’s Annual Free Seminar


GVHBA’s 21st annual free seminar for new homebuyers is now being held at two locations on two dates. Seating is limited. Register today at gvhba.org. What are the new lending rules? How much can be withdrawn tax-free from RRSPs? How about legal considerations, closing costs and home warranties? With so many factors to consider when buying a home, it is no surprise new home purchasers need help de-mystifying the process, and the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association’s  (GVHBA) annual free seminar for new home buyers is the place to get all the answers. Back by popular demand, GVHBA’s 21st Annual Seminar for New Home Buyers is now being offered at two locations, on two different evenings to provide convenience and choice to homebuyers. Locations are now on transit friendly locations with easy access via Skytrain: * Tuesday, February 10: City of Surrey, City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey * Thursday, February 12: SFU Downtown Campus, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The free seminars run 6 to 9 p.m., with an exhibit area, featuring new-home builders and home-related products and services open from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Although this seminar is free, pre-registration is required. Register online at www.gvhba.org or call 778-565-4288. In lieu of a charge, attendees are asked to bring a food item for the Surrey Food Bank.


Pharmacy Career Event


SFU Surrey Campus, 250 – 1345 102nd Avenue, on February 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Connect for Immigrants Program & BC Pharmacy Association, Canada, presents an event for internationally educated professionals or students interested in pursuing careers as pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy-related fields. Registration is required in order to attend this event. This event is complimentary and sponsored by SFU Surrey, the BC Pharmacy Association and Back in Motion: Skills Connect for immigrant program. Register today as spaces are limited. Link: http://www.bcpharmacy.ca/international. Presenters: Dr. Shakeel Bhatti, PharmD, CPhA Board Member; Mohamed Hasanine, Agassiz Pharmacy, Pharmacy Owner; Sandi Hutti, Coordinator, UBC Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program; Nadeem Zia, President, OpenDoor for Success Association; Bal Dhillon, Director, Pharmacy Technician Society of BC.


‘Literacy for Life’ Adult Program


“Literacy for Life” is a free adult program that is being held on Friday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. from now until May 15. The first 6 weeks (January 16-February 20) 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.


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.