B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, February 23


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Punjabi Language Celebration


Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) in partnership with Deepak Binning Foundation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) observe 16th Annual International Mother Language Day on Saturday, February 23, 1:30-4 p.m., at Spruce Building Atrium – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey. * Discussions: Ongoing efforts to promote Punjabi Language education in BC * Young Punjabi learners will share poetry, songs and stories * PLEA will honour two individuals for their important role in promoting Punjabi language education * PLEA invites everyone to come and be part of the annual celebration of their mother tongue Punjabi. Free event with refreshments. For more information, contact: Balwant Sanghera – 604-836-8976, Sadhu Binning – 604-437-9014, Parvinder Dhariwal – 778-838-1121 or Paul Binning – 778-889-8255.


SANSAD: Book Launch


Book launch: “Culture and Resistance” by Edward Said and David Barsamian on Saturday, February 23, 2-4 p.m., in Room 7000 at SFU Harbor Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The late Edward Said left an indelible mark on post-colonial studies with his book, “Orientalism” and taught generations to recognize the West’s constructions of its “other,” particularly in the Middle East and the Islamic world. Moderator: Joanne Naiman. Main Speaker: David Barsamian, an investigative journalist, broadcaster and author. Panelists: Hanna Kawas, Adel Iskandar, Sana Janjua. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices, and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) with support from Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation and the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University.


South Asian Seniors: Antakshari Hindi Songs Competition


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to join us for Antakshari Hindi Songs Competition on Sunday, February 24, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


South Asian Film Education Society (SAFES)


Film Screening and Discussion: “Shanghai”. This is a free public screening and will be followed by a discussion. Sunday, February 24, 2-5 p.m., at Room 4955, SFU Goldcorp Centre, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop (IMDB). Director: Dibakar Banerjee. Cast: Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi. Language: Hindi/Urdu (with English subtitles).



South Asian Seniors: Filing Income Tax Returns Free


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey informs South Asian seniors that during the tax filing period we can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2018, free of cost, through the community volunteer program of Canada Revenue Agency, from February 25 to April 30 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria: 1.Single individual with annual income limit up to $ 35,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $ 45,000. 3. Three persons income $47,500, 4. Four persons income $50,000 , 5. Five persons or more, add $ 2,500 for additional members. Interest income not over $ 1,000 and this income will be included as total eligibility. With no investment income, no rental income, no business or partnership income and no capital gain or loss. Sin# card and photo identity will be required as proof for documents. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, Coordinatotr, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society


Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society will host the Ignite a Dream student award recipients of 2018 / 2019. The Ignite a Dream Award is for graduating high school students in Surrey who have shown great resiliency in overcoming adversity. The SFFCS hosts a gala night every year to raise funds for the five $4,000 awards. This year’s Ignite a Dream Gala is on April 19 at the KPU Tech campus. Who: KPU Foundation, Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society, and Ignite a Dream Award recipient Emma Salisbury who overcame adversity dealing with lupus and having a stroke. Where: Surrey Fire Hall 15 – 18915 64th Avenue, Surrey. When: Tuesday, February 26 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Sucheta Singh at sucheta.singh@kpu.ca or 604-599-2883.


Home Depot Hiring


As part of its program to hire 5,500 new associates across the country, the Home Depot is currently looking to hire 940 associates in British Columbia to support its busy spring season. To help ease the application process, the Home Depot has launched its new Text-To-Apply feature that allows candidates to apply, book phone screens and receive interview reminders by simply texting “Home Depot Jobs” to 97211. Alternatively, candidates can visit:

http://www.homedepot.ca/jobs to view and apply to current openings.


Surrey Board of Trade


The Surrey Board of Trade is hosting Shane Simpson, BC Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. This important portfolio to Surrey will focus on housing affordability, development, supply and construction, and poverty reduction strategies through an economic lens. Plus, hear his BC Budget overview. Date: Friday, March 1. Time: Lunch & Registration 11:30 a.m.; Program 12-1:30 p.m. Location: Civic Hotel (13475 Central Avenue, Surrey).


Vancity, Newton BIA & LOCO BC


Newton Buy Local Marketing Workshop at Vancity, Cedar Hills Branch, 12820 96th Avenue, Surrey, on Monday, March 4, 6-8 p.m. Free, but registration required.



Lohana Cultural Association of BC


Invites all to the occasion of Shree Jalaram Bapa’s  Punya Tithi on Saturday, March 9 at Shiv Mandir, 5600 Dorset Street, Burnaby. 6-7:30 p.m. Bhajan Kirtan followed by Priti Bhojan. For more info, call Vasant Lakhani at (604) 987-1925.


Mauritius’ 51st Independence Anniversary


Sunday, March 10, 2-5 p.m. at Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey. People of Mauritian descent, together with Canadian friends and families of Metro Vancouver, will be celebrating Mauritius’ 51st Independence Anniversary (Independence Day being March 12, 1968) at the Museum of Surrey. This commemorative event will be organized by the Mauritian Canadian Multicultural Association B.C. (MCMA), and will enable the Mauritian community to showcase the cultural fabric of Mauritius. (Follow on Facebook)


Surrey Top 25 Under 25 Awards


The Surrey Board of Trade is looking for nominations for the 9th Annual Surrey Top 25 Under 25 Awards.  It is looking for individuals that are 25 years old or younger that are doing great things in Surrey. They could be running their own business, volunteering, working on a community or school project that has made a significant difference in Surrey. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 11. Award Criteria: * Must be working on / worked on a business or community project in Surrey (including students) and / or; * Must be working in the Surrey business community and / or; * Must be contributing / have recently contributed to a business or community related project in Surrey and; * Must be 25 years of age or younger prior to April 24, 2019. The winners will be chosen based upon a subjective analysis of their business or community achievements, leadership ability, community involvement, professional achievements and uniqueness of their business or community projects. The nomination form is available on website: businessinsurrey.com. If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, contact: Melissa Peel: melissa@businessinsurrey.com or 604-634-0347. The selected winners will be recognized at Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards event on Thursday, April 24, 5:30 – 8 p.m.


Surrey Board of Trade


Surrey Hot Topic on Cyber Crime and Protecting Businesses at Civic Hotel Autograph Collections, 13475 Central Avenue on Tuesday, March 12, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. Cyber crime affects more and more businesses in the digital age. How can you protect your data, and businesses from hackers? Attend to voice your concerns, ask your questions, and learn the facts. Panelists include: David Izzard, Architecture & Cyber Security Manager at the City of Surrey; Calvin Engen, Director of IT at F12.net group of companies and Level4 Technologies; Victor Badejo, Senior Cybersecurity Analyst at Bestbuy Canada; Saurabh Rana, Manager at PwC LLP.


Tsawwassen Library: Getting to Know Dementia


If you, a family member or friend are experiencing, or know someone who is in the early symptoms of dementia, register for Getting to Know Dementia.  Enhance your basic knowledge about dementia on Tuesday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library and learn about the different types of support services, education and information available at any stage of the journey.  Registration required.  To register, contact the Alzheimer Society of BC at 604-449-5000 or email info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. If you are a caregiver or person living with dementia looking for information or assistance, call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.


Surrey Board of Trade


On Wednesday, March 13, the Surrey Board of Trade will host the 10th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon. The winners will be announced at this event at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey. This event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s business women and their contributions to Surrey. Coleen Christie will join as Master of Ceremonies. Networking and Registration: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Program: 12-2 p.m. Admission: $95 +GST each, $1,045 + GST for a table of 11. For further information, contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at anita@businessinsurrey.com or at 604-634-0342.


Neha Kakkar in Vancouver


Neha Kakkar who recently regaled audiences worldwide with her stint as judge at the Indian Idol Season 10, is coming with all her popular songs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday, April 1. Accompanied by Indian Idol singer and talented Mumbai musicians with her latest Aankh Maare and Kaala Chashma and many more upbeat songs. Tickets available at www.vtixonline.com and www.kvpentertainers.com or call Kamal Sharma of Kamal’s Video Palace and KVP Entertainers at (604) 833-1977 or (604) 592-9777.


Walk for Alzheimer


IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer on Sunday, May 5. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites the public to join us. Time: Registration 9:30 a.m. / Walk 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf at Coyote Creek, 7778 152nd Street, Surrey. Website: www.walkforalzheimers.ca



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