Navkiran Brar (Secretary) is a community member who is passionate about promoting a healthy mental and social life for all individuals; while most of her work focuses on fostering self-esteem and self-worth within women and children. She has predominately worked with not-for-profit organizations, and has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for four years. For several years Navkiran was a camp counsellor and camp organizer for Kaurs United International, and also volunteered with Battered Women’s Support Services. She currently co-facilitates a South Asian Women’s Support Group with a local not-for-profit.
Sonny Dillon (Treasurer) received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from BCIT in 2007 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2010. Sonny was employed as a manager at one of Canada’s leading national accounting firms before starting his own firm, Intel CPA. Sonny has over 10 years of experience working in the accounting and auditing field. Sonny has a passion for community involvement/engagement and has also served on the Board of other not for profit organizations in the past as well. Sonny’s primary focus is providing assurance – audit and review engagement services to not-for-profit organizations and private enterprises. Sonny also provides value added tax planning solutions including estate planning services – family trusts, holdings company set up and estate freeze.
Sarbjit Kaur Randhawa (Chair) is the Indic Librarian at University of British Columbia’s Asian Library where she has been serving for the past twelve years. She graduated from SLAIS, UBC with CAS in 2005 and joined the Asian Library that same year. Sarbjit is also a Graduate from Guru Nanak Dev University with three Master degrees including Master in Library and Information science (MLIS), Master in Religious Studies, and M.A. in Punjabi. She is fluent in various Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu. Along with her co-researcher Aditi Gupta of the University of Victoria Libraries, Sarbjit is the recipient of American Library Association Diversity Research Grant-2015-16. Their research is based on exploring library perceptions, reading habits and library usage of the South Asian population in BC. She was also awarded the prestigious 2014 Mohinder Singh Randhawa award for promoting and sharing Punjabi language and culture, and preserving its collections through her community-outreach and library services. Sarbjit has passion for poetry and many of her poems have been published in several newspapers and magazines.