A pair of women with roots in Surrey have launched the Be Your Own Best Friend network - or BYOBF - as a way to connect South Asian women involved in business pursuits.
The network, co-founded by Sukhi Ghuman and Manpreet Dhillon, is geared toward women in home-based businesses, in offices, entrepreneurs, mothers and those exploring new opportunities.
Ghuman is a television host, photographer and marketing specialist; Dhillon is a business coach and Akashic Records consultant. Ghuman was born and raised in Surrey, while Dhillon is originally from Kamloops and now has family living in Surrey; both women live in Vancouver.
In 2005, the women met through volunteering their time as directors of the not-for-profit Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) Society, now host of the largest bhangra festival in North America.
Ghuman and Dhillon saw the need to create a platform for professional South Asian women "to come together to network and support one another."
BYOBF's official launch and first networking event will be held Thursday, March 29 at the Ginger 62 bar in Vancouver, starting at 8 p.m. The group is on Twitter @BYOBFNetwork.
DRIVE A CAR, RAISE FUNDS FOR SCHOOL
The school parking lot at Rosemary Heights Elementary hosts a novel fundraiser on Saturday, March 31.
Dams Ford Lincoln will bring new cars there for a Drive One 4 UR School fundraiser.
For every Lincoln vehicle test-driven, the dealership will donate $20 to the school PAC to help build a second playground there.
The family-friendly event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 15516 36th Ave. in South Surrey, will involve activities for kids and a barbecue, with free child-minding available. The goal is to raise $3,000.
The event is part of a Ford Motor Company program that helps schools raise money to support their sports and extracurricular activities.
MARCH 28 SUMMIT ABOUT FAMILIES
What are the emerging trends for Surrey families with young children?
It's a question explored Wednesday, March 28 during an afternoon summit at Surrey Sport & Leisure complex, 16555 Fraser Hwy., from 2 to 5 p.m. A panel of researchers and experts in the field are involved in the event, including Dr. Clyde Hertzman and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. For info, call 778-385-9908.