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.
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.
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"Read more
We stand strong, together.
And, with that strength, we never compromise on our principles.
Since December 11, 2018, when the Government of Canada's Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada included Sikhs as one of the top 5 terrorist threats in Canada today, we have been working hard with community partners to challenge this unfounded maligning of our community.