It was a who’s who from the South Asian business community with a sprinkling of mainstream business people at Friday’s gala.
Darpan Magazine’sfourth annual “Extraordinary Achievement award night” was an extravaganza event; from the red carpet to Hollywood-style interviews to a photo opportunity in front of a Darpan Magazinebackdrop.
Along with the award ceremony itself, the invitees were entertained by a fashion show and the evening was capped off by the fantastic dancers from Shiamak Dawar. The dancers paid tribute to Bollywood’s 100 years of cinema with their dance pieces, bringing the guests to their feet with their enthusiasm and nostalgic music.
These awards honour ordinary individuals who have accomplished extraordinary achievements, and in recognizing these ordinary individuals, Darpan hopes the awards will inspire more South Asians.
The Spirit of Sport award went to inspiring athlete Jasmin Dhanda, who was 16 when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2011 with coach Bryan Rosenfeld. She won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Guatemala and also represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012.
Sukhmeet Sachal was named Young Wonder. Since Grade 11, he has been raising funds to help the less fortunate in developing countries and amassing provincial and national awards for all his endeavours. He was selected as a motivational speaker at this year’s TEDxKids@BC conference on Oct. 26. An achievement in itself.
The International Sensation award went to Dr. Narinder Kapany, who is recognized as the “father of fibre optics” on a global scale. He was also the keynote speaker. Kapany’s research in the 1950s led to the development of fiber optics and he was the first person to demonstrate the transmission of an image through a bundle of glass fibers. This scientific genius hailing from Punjab, India was recognized as one of the seven “Unsung Heroes” by Fortunemagazine in its businessman of the century issue in 1999.
Ajmer Rode was named Artistic Visionary and Fabian Dawson was named Industry Marvel for being an acclaimed journalist with influential contributions to media and society. The Community Crusader award, honouring a leader who is giving back to the South Asian community, was Sukhdev Grewal. Barj S. Dhahan was given the Corporate Engagement honour.
Breaking Barriers – an award honouring the extraordinary achievement of a South Asian who is breaking barriers – went to Dr. V. Setty Pendakur, an influential leader, educator and contributor to society, who continues to inspire future generations.
Robin Dhir was given the Advancing Philanthropy award.
And Bhupinder S. Malhi and Jaspal S. Randhawa were given the Heritage Defender award for their work in the preservation, promotion and development of South Asian arts, culture, tradition and heritage.
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