B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, February 29

(These are FREE listings. Submit your event / announcement at EditorVoice@gmail.com in typed format as early in the week as possible. No posters please.)

Canadian Eyesight Global: Free Eye Checkup

At Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Sahib, 8115 132nd Street, Surrey, on Sunday, March 1, 1-4 p.m. National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will inaugurate the clinic at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. A team of eye surgeon Dr. David Neima and associates will participate. Supported by Rotary Club Surrey, Burnaby, and New Westminster, and dedicated volunteers. For info, call 604-582-0579.

Pacific Oral Health Centre: Community Dental Care Day

Community Dental Care Day in memory of Dr. Bud Sipko. The Pacific Oral Health Centre is out to change lives by offering free smiles to anyone who is in need of dental care. The Centre hosts 5th Community Dental Care Day on Sunday, March15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  The Pacific Oral Health Society is a registered non-profit organization whose mission is to provide affordable and accessible oral health care to financially disadvantaged individuals; to support and advancement of the dental profession with continuing dental education for oral health care professionals; to facilitate and provide funding for oral health, dental education and clinical research. The dedicated team of dentists and volunteers at the Pacific Oral Health Centre come together and help hundreds of people in need of dental work, treating patients in need of fillings, extractions, and examinations.  All patients are to register for this event prior to coming into the clinic by phoning 604-536-2700. No walk-in patients will be accepted. By appointment only. For more information, visit website at www.pohs.ca. Location: Pacific Oral Health Centre, #300 – 3rd floor 15850 24th Avenue, Surrey. Pacific Oral Health Centre is located at the corner of Croydon Avenue and 24th Avenue (beside The Brick). Free Examinations, X-rays, Fillings and Extractions. Limited to only one free procedure per patient.

South Asian Seniors: Hindi Songs Competition

Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults and seniors as well as non-members to join them for Antakshari Hindi Songs Competition on Sunday, March 1, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. The participants will be divided in to two groups. The game is of the last words of the song sung by the last singer is continued in the song by the next singer of the opposite group. Tea and snacks will be served. to all participants after the game is over. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.

Rally Against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India invites everyone to come and raise their voices against controversial and discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act passed by the BJP government of India. On Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. at Holland Park, Surrey. For more information call Gurpreet Singh at 778-862-2454 or Parshottam Dosanjh at 604-512-8371.

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 they can help you to file your income tax returns for free through the community volunteer program of Canada Revenue Agency from Sunday, March 1 to Thursday, April 30 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria are: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $35,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $45,000. 3. Three persons with income up to $47,500. 4. Four persons with income up to $50,000. 5. For five persons or more, add $ 2,500 for additional members. Interest income should not be 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 to prove the documents. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.

55+ Employment Forum

A free employment forum is being held on Monday, March 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Summit Centre at #205 – 3600 Townline Road, Abbotsford, for those over the age of 55 who are looking for employment opportunities and support. It is being hosted by the Archway Skills Training Results in Directed Education / Employment (STRIDE) program for older workers. Multiple local employers from different sectors will be in attendance to meet with job seekers. STRIDE staff will answer employment-related questions and give information on their program which supports older workers in the Fraser Valley through training and one-to-one sessions with employment specialists. Those interested can register by calling 604-557-3690 or emailing stride@archway.ca

Surrey: Family Fun Pass

Keep the entire family active over spring break at any recreation facility in Surrey. Use this flat rate pass to drop into indoor pools, arenas, gymnasiums and fitness centres between Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 29. Family Fun Pass rates – on sale now: * Children and Youth (ages 2 to 18): $12.50 * Students and Seniors (ages 60-69): $18.75 * Seniors (ages 70+): $6.25 * Adults: $25. Highlights: * The pass is valid from Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 29 * The price of the pass is prorated * The pass automatically expires at the end of the period.

Free Family Caregiver Series on Alzhemier

Coming to Surrey, starting on February 22 for three consecutive Saturdays, the free Family Caregiver Series offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. provide basic information about the disease for family members who are caring for a person living with dementia. The sessions offer practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can begin using immediately. Sessions also offer insight into planning for the future and self-care for caregivers. The series run February 29 and March 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Guildford Seniors Village, 14568 104A Avenue. Pre-registration is required by contacting 604-449-5000 or info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. If you are living with dementia or have questions about the disease, visit www.alzheimerbc.org and call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 (English), 1-833-674-5007 (Cantonese and Mandarin) or 1-833-674-5003 (Punjabi).

Lohana Cultural Association of BC

Invitation to all on the occasion of Shree Jalaram Bapa’s Punya Tithi on Saturday, February 29 at Shiv Mandir, 5600 Dorset Street, Burnaby, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bhajan Kirtan followed by Priti Bhojan. For more info, call Vasant Lakhani at (604) 987-1925.

Shakti Awards 2020

International Women’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 7 by Shakti Society. The Shakti Award recipients of 2020 are:

Shakti Award of Resilience and Leadership: Barinder Rasode

Shakti Award of Artistic Achievement: Kirti Arneja

Shakti Award of Artistic Excellence: Anju Bedi

Shakti Award of Academic Excellence: Jennifer Marchbank

Shakti Award of Academic Achievement: Shanee Prasad

Shakti Award of Business Excellence: Rita Chohan

Shakti Award of Community Service: Dr. Suseela Reddy

Shakti Award of Excellence in Community Service: Kamilla Singh

Shakti Award of Community Service (Group): Women Helping Women

Shakti Award of Leadership Excellence: Neelam Sahota

Shakti Award of Professional Excellence: Kasari Govender

Shakti Award of Excellence for Resilience: Shahnaz Rahman

Shakti Award of Resilience: Wasan Abdulrazzaq

Shakti Award of Volunteering: Shabnam Khan

Shakti Award of Volunteering (Youth): Shannon Permal

For ticket information, contact Sonia at 604-307-8796 or purchase online at



The ESSW is a unique program available for vulnerable newcomer immigrant women living in the Surrey area. Sometimes, the settlement process can be hard on families, and newcomer women may find themselves faced with challenges and/or in an unhealthy relationship. A Woman’s Support Worker can provide: * Basic counselling support, information and orientation * Monthly educational workshops * Information on rights * Referrals to Community Services Call if: * You are a newcomer woman in the Surrey area * You want to learn about your rights in Canada * You want to increase your ability to function in the community. Weekly Sessions for Women – Every Tuesday 1- 2 p.m. Educational and Informative Weekly Sessions for Women by ESSW: * Information on Rights in Canada * Relationship Dynamics * Settlement Support * Safety Planning * Building Confidence. Monthly Workshops: deliberately designed workshops for women with guest presenters: * March 12, Thursday, 12:30- 2 p.m.: Family Law and Legal Advice. * April 8, Wednesday, 12:30-2 p.m.: MCFD: Role and Support. For registration, call or e-mail Shivani at 778-591-9334, ext.193 / sraheja@mosaicbc.org. Location: #200-7134 King George Boulevard, Surrey.

Free Journalism Workshops for New Immigrants

At MOSAIC, March 14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. New Canadian Media (NCM) will be offering free journalism workshops to new immigrants interested in learning how their stories can be published in Canada’s ethnic and mainstream media outlets. These free professional development workshops will be offered in Vancouver on March 14. Each workshop will feature three sessions facilitated by seasoned journalists from an immigrant background and will consist of a lecture combined with class discussion and an opportunity to get some mentoring. The lectures will focus on the following topics: * What Makes Canadian Journalism Different. * Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Advanced Reporting * Moving the needle through commentary: Advanced Opinion writing. To register for workshops go to https://newcanadianmedia.ca/events/ncm-the-walrus-professional-development-series-for-immigrant-journalists/. As part of the registration process, you will be required to submit a story pitch on one of the following themes, examining them through an immigrant lens: * Family reunification * Political engagement * Canada: Preserving bilingualism + advancing multiculturalism * Settlement agencies /integration * Foreign credential recognition. For enquiries, email events@newcanadianmedia.com.

Sai Japa Shiv Mandir Burnaby

All devotees are cordially invited at Shiv Mandir, 5600 Dorset Street, Burnaby, on Saturday March 21 at 5 p.m. to participate in Sai Japa and Bhajs. Program: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. – Bhajan; 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Japa: 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. Contact Sureshbhai Desai at 604-523-9360 and Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-770-0515 or Raju Parekh at 604-327- 8259.

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