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Progressing with community

By Surbhi Gogia In an interview with Desi Today, PICS new CEO Satbir Singh Cheema talks about the changing role of the organization and his vision Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) is a household name for new and old immigrants living in Metro Vancouver. The non-profit organization has been serving the community, especially the South Asian community, under its founder ... Read More »

A New Generation of Punjabi Voices

By Harman S. Pandher On May 25th, the Surrey School District held it’s 3rd annual Punjabi Speech Fest for elementary school students in grades 5, 6 and 7. Four schools – Green Timbers, Newton, Strawberry Hill, and this year’s host school, Beaver Creek – participated, with around 300 students in total either giving Punjabi speeches or performing Punjabi cultural items ... Read More »

Teaching your Kids About the Value of a Dollar

By Gary Thandi Have you ever had that conversation with your children, one that maybe your parents had with you when you were a kid, that starts with “When I was your age ….” You know, it’s the one where you tell them how much harder life was back when you were younger, and how hard you worked when you ... Read More »

Surrey boxer wins national competition in Quebec

SURREY’S Eric Basran, 18, won his final match of the Canadian National Boxing Championship, making him the 2017 title holder for elite men in the 56-kg category. Photos: contributed Basran, a member of Team B.C. who represents the Queensborough Boxing Club, won his first two matches 3-0 against Kevin Chauvette of Quebec and Giovan Major of the National Team. The ... Read More »

Expanded early intervention support for Surrey youth

THE City of Surrey has announced an increase in funding and expansion of the Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative in Surrey elementary and secondary schools. “The City of Surrey understands how programs like Yo Bro | Yo Girl can be the catalyst for kids to find a whole new path and that is central to our new approach ... Read More »

Record attendance tops 400,000 at 19th Annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

ORGANIZERS of the Surrey’s Khalsa Day Parade (Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan) on Saturday said they are thrilled to announce that in excess of 400,000 guests of all cultures and religions came together to celebrate a peaceful, family-oriented day full of performances, live music, and decorative floats. This was the 19th year of this spectacular event, the largest Vaisakhi parade in the ... Read More »

Surrey’s Muslim women pick up camera to make movies on social issues

Commencing on Saturday April 8th and continuing for a total of four classes each Saturday of the month, the Voices of Muslim Women course offered by Muslim Food Bank Community Services Society in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Visual Media Workshop and Freed Education Co., is an exclusive program which offers an assortment of Muslim women from all ages and ... Read More »

Surrey’s Golden boy: Eric Basran

By Surbhi Gogia Eric’s story is an inspiring example of what South Asian kids can achieve if their energy is invested in sports from the early age Eric Basran, an 18 year BC champion and two time silver medalist from Surrey recently returned home from the 2017 BC Golden Gloves Championship in Mission with more hardware to add to his ... Read More »

Oh Canada!

Surrey students show us what they think of their home and native land They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Surrey students have a lot to say when it comes to our country. The works of hundreds of elementary and high school students exploring ideas about contemporary Canadian identity in a screen-based exhibit were displayed at the ... Read More »

Tax Tip – What’s new for the 2017 tax-filing season

This tax-filing season, many important changes and improvements were made to services, benefits, and credits for Canadians. Here’s what you need to know: New and improved benefits and credits Canada child benefit(CCB)<http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/ccb/menu-eng.html> -The CCB is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under the age of 18. The CCB might ... Read More »