An all important announcement was made by the High Commisioner of India to Canada, Mr. Shashishekhar M. Gavai. He said to celebrate the year of India in Canada next year,and under suggestion by the ICCC, Toronto will be hosting a mini Pravasi Bharatiyas Divas which is an annual function held in India to celebrate the accomplishments of meritorious Non- resident Indians (Pravasi Bharitya).
In 2011, it will be the first time a Pravasi Bharitiya Divas will be held outside of India and speaks volumes for the Indian diaspora in Canada.
The keynote speakers were Phil Fontaine,National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Dr.Indira Samarasekera, president of the University of Alberta, who gave an awe-inspiring speech on the importance of education.
Entertainment was provided by Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe for the almost 1000 attendees.
Winners of awards and category.
Female entrepreneur – Ms. Anita Gupta
Male entrepreneur- Mr. Pyarali Nanji
Professional female- Ms. Shirish Chotalia
Professional Male- Mr. Prabhat Jha
Young achiever – Guru Gobind Singh children’s foundation
Corporate Executive – Ms. Zabeen Hirji
Humanitarian Award- Mr. Gagan Bhalla
Technology achievemnet- Mr. Harinder Pal Singh Ahluwalia
Lifetime Outstanding achievement- Mr.Baljit Chadha
President’s award- Mr. Harinder Takhar
Member award- Mr. Satish Thakkar
Member award ll- Mr. Harjit Kalsi