35 Years Later

This past week, at our annual Brampton Community Dinner and Ottawa Parliamentary Reception, we remembered the 35th anniversary of the Indian army invasion of the Darbar Sahib Complex, a direct attack on our identity and sovereignty (we will be hosting our Surrey Community Dinner later this week).

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April was a tumultuous month.

We saw the WSO, gurdwara committees, and individuals across Canada raise their concerns, as a collective, about the Public Saftey Canada Terror Report, and how it maligned our community.

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3rd Party - April Update

We cannot do this without you. 

Your ongoing support for the fearless third-party community advocacy found at the WSO ensures we can continue to unapologetically promote and protect Sikh interests in Canada and around the world.

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2018, A Year to Remember

What a year 2018 was.

With a new energized board, we worked hard to make a positive difference. The challenges 2018 presented provided us an opportunity to come together and fight back against the barrage of attacks on the Sikh community's image. Our organization showed how critical an effective advocacy group is for the community.

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Growing - February 2019 Update

During the last weekend of January, the WSO's Executive Committee met in Calgary to discuss our strategy in 2019 and beyond.

Roughly 6 years ago we began what has become a very successful succession planning and transition, as we brought on more youth and women into the organization. It was around this time we also launched new initiatives like the Sikh Youth Leadership Institute. 

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Vancouver Sun Removes "Sikh" from Kabaddi Story

The Vancouver Sun has removed references to "Sikhs" in the January 4, 2019 article by Douglas Todd entitled “Half of Indian athletes who came to Canada failed to go home”.  WSO had written in to request the change.

Originally the piece included the following passages:

“While some Sikhs in Canada are unhappy with the way kabaddi athletes pay consultants to help them jump Canada’s visa and immigration queues, federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says in a government document that the special visa program for the mostly Punjabi athletes “provides benefits” to Canada"
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New Year = Introspection

The new year is a great time to engage in introspection.

We had an active and busy 2018, and I truly believe the WSO was up to the challenge of providing a smart and sophisticated Sikh voice in Canada. 

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We Can't Do This Without Your Support

What a year 2018 has been. We've seen the news articles, the constant barrage of attacks on the Sikh community's image and we've seen the work that an effective third-party advocacy group can do on behalf of the community. 

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2018 Was a Year of Growth

A little over 5 years ago the WSO embarked on a mission of renewal

We renewed the board.

We renewed our executive.

We renewed our initiatives and projects.

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Legal Victories of 2018 and Challenges Ahead

As WSO’s legal counsel, 2018 has been a year filled with challenges and successes.

This year, as in past years, we helped many Sikhs from across Canada deal with issues at work, school and elsewhere with respect to their articles of faith.

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