SHAKTI Society is a non-profit society committed to empowering women, families and children through community forums, Shakti Awards, annual wellness days and other activities. Its mandate is to support all members of society, especially women, in finding their power and voice to become strong leaders and advocates for themselves and the community. It has introduced various initiatives that help ‘awaken the power within’ and create dialogue around feminism and gender equality.
Due to the current pandemic it will not be presenting awards to women this year. However, it will be hosting its 21st Shakti Awards Celebration in honour of International Women’s Day online by inviting everyone to celebrate the accomplishments of women over the years and to look at the challenges that lie ahead.
Past Shakti Award recipients Shelina Mawani, Shahnaz Rahman and Karen Dosanjh, who are very successful in their respective fields, will join Shakti Society on a panel to share their experiences and passions. These women are active in the community, they are role models and have consistently demonstrated the spirit of Shakti.
NEVR – Network To Eliminate Violence in Relationships – is a supporting partner of the Shakti Society event. Founding member, Balbir Gurm, also a past Shakti Award recipient, will speak about the network and how we can take steps to address violence faced by women.
Shakti Society will be joined by dignitaries from all levels of government. It will have entertainment with Comedy Queen Simi and Shakti Award recipient sitarist Anju Bedi.
Similar to past years, Shakti Society will also be giving scholarships to young women from inner city schools of Surrey at this year’s Shakti Award celebration.
Tickets are on a sliding scale from $1-$25 and can be bought at:
For more information, call Sonia Andhi at 604-307-8796 or Niti Nielsen at 604-506-0953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.