THE Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara paid tribute to a Saint Scholar, Principal / Sant Teja Singh. A one day program was organized to remember the first ‘Ambassador of Sikhism to the Western Hemisphere.’ Sant Teja Singh Ji, established the Khalsa Diwan Society and had successfully proved to the Canadian government that all the Sikhs are highly capable people of constantly contributing to the economy, when the government was planning to send all Sikhs to Honduras. Teja Singh Ji had a vision for the future of Sikhs in Canada and had laid down the foundation for others to carry his legacy forward.
The program kicked off with Ardas, followed by Kirtan, Katha, and Dhadi Varan. Speeches were highlighted by prominent speakers like Dr. Khem S. Gill, former vice chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, and S. Bhagwan Singh Johal from India. Dr. Gill and Johal were honored by the Executive Committee and the Sangat. The speakers spoke about Sant Teja Singh Ji’s legacy and contributions to the Sikh community in Canada. The event was attended by many people from all over Lower Mainland. There was also a special exhibition on Sant Teja Singh Ji, hosted by the volunteers of Akal Academy. The exhibition shed light on the lasting contribution to the Sangat of the Lower Mainland during Sant Teja Singh Ji’s mission to the west in the early 1900s and included some historic articles and images.