SURREY – Darpan Magazine’s annual Awards celebration of excellence – the 10th Extraordinary Achievement Awards 2019 – are taking place tonight (Friday the 13th) in Surrey.
The Awards will again recognize 10 renowned individuals within the South Asian community, who will be honoured for their remarkable achievements in their respective fields.
Darpan Awards will bring together social, business and political elite under one roof, congratulating and admiring the extraordinary achievements of the winners. The grand event will feature an inspiring Keynote Speaker, the award ceremony, gourmet cuisine, and sensational entertainment.
Publishers Gurvinder Hundal and Ramneek Dhillon created the Extraordinary Awards to honour members from the South Asian community for their achievements and contribution to the community.
“It is our hope that the life and work of these awardees will serve as an inspiration for all South Asians to realize the power of their dreams,” say publishers Gurvinder Hundal and Ramneek Dhillon.
DESIBUZZCanada Founder-Publisher R. Paul Dhillon was the founding editor of Darpan when Hundal and Ramneek Dhillon began publishing the magazine.
This year’s Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker is the founder of an Afghan women-led NGO who is well known for her work for the rights of children, women and education. She was among the 1,000 women nominated to jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and has earned international recognition for her work and received numerous other awards.
During the awards ceremony, 10 South Asians will be given the prestigious Darpan Extraordinary Achievement Award, for contributing greatly towards the Canadian society and encouraging the spirit of community.
Past award winners include Afroz Shah, Mumbai-based environmentalist and UN Champion of the Earth Singh (International Sensation Award and Keynote Speaker 2018); Khalsa Aid Founder Ravi Singh (International Sensation Award and Keynote Speaker 2017); Canadian entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist Manjit Minhas (Corporate Engagement Award 2017); Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan (Breaking Barriers Award 2011); Canadian lawyer, former judge and Chancellor of the Thompson Rivers University Wally Oppal (Industry Marvel 2015); and Father of Fibre Optics Dr. Narinder Kapany (International Sensation Award Winner and Keynote Speaker 2013)