AT a glittering gala celebration held at Surrey’s Crown Palace Banquet Hall on August 29, the Board, management and staff of Khalsa Credit Union (KCU) paid tribute to youth, business owners and inspirational leaders who have made a difference in their communities. Interspersed with fusion music combining the influence of Eastern and Western cultures, the lively and well-attended event included high quality door prizes and featured speaker Professor Harkirat Singh, a school trustee from Brampton, Ontario.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a cheque for $30,000 from KCU to the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation following an emotional speech from Bajinder Singh Bhullar on the plight of Sikhs in Afghanistan.
Another highlight was the presentation of 30 scholarships and bursaries, for $45,000 in total, to deserving students in the following categories: Academic; Religious; Sports; High School Bursaries; University Bursaries.
For the second consecutive year the credit union recognized the pillars of business / community through the presentation of the Community Service Awards. Winners were:
* Citizen of the Year – Jag Singh Khosa
* Business Excellence – Papa Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
* Religious Commitment – Prem Singh Gill
* Sports Achievement – Buneet Singh Bisla
“We were delighted to be able to sponsor an event of this magnitude”, said Board Chair Jaswinder Singh Gill. “It is gratifying to realize the part that KCU plays in support of education, culture, business and the betterment of our communities”.
“We believe that sponsoring these awards is a unique opportunity for KCU to give back to our broad communities and we thank our Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Employee Advisory Committee for their hard work organizing the event,” said CEO Dalbir Singh Mehta.
With over $430 million in assets, KCU is a full service financial institution serving 15,000 members of the Sikh faith through six branches located in Abbotsford, Surrey (3), Vancouver and Victoria. Through KCU affiliation with The Exchange network, members can access thousands of surcharge / ding free ATMs across Canada. KCU returns 10% of its net income to support community endeavours such as scholarships, bursaries, community service awards, food banks, homeless shelters and donation to schools and aligns well with KCU’s vision and mission.
All photos by JAY SHARMA of Mahi Photo Studio