ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਿਹ
What a year 2020 was.
As we step into 2021, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the unprecedented year we have experienced as a community, with a sense of pride and accomplishment. 2020 presented us with countless challenges, and yet we found our collective strengths and responded with resiliency. During this time, the World Sikh Organization (WSO) continued to promote and protect the interests of Sikhs in Canada, and around the world, by effectively responding to the emerging needs and issues faced by our community.
As we embarked on our 36th year of advocacy and programming, our dynamic board of directors and volunteers worked tirelessly to navigate and respond to a wide range of complex issues that Sikhs in Canada were encountering. Whether it was responding to the community's pandemic related needs, fighting systemic racism by challenging Bill 21 in the Quebec Superior Court, safeguarding accommodation for kakkars on worksites and in schools, or being a credible voice for Sikhs in media - the WSO has remained committed to serving our community.
The WSO’s work continues to show how critical an effective grassroots advocacy organization is for our community. To ensure we can continue to sustain and grow, we launched the Dasvand Program. This fundraising initiative will help secure the WSO’s future.
We have challenged ourselves to engage 500 new donors who commit to at least $500 or more a year - choosing either an annual recurring donation or through monthly installments. This money will ensure that we continue to give a strong voice to Sikh matters, work on programming that empowers our youth, women, and under-represented groups, and address service gaps through innovative, sustainable and collaborative solutions. If you haven’t yet signed up to our dasvand program, please do so today www.worldsikh.org/dasvandprogram.
President, World Sikh Organization of Canada