Ottawa – (November 6, 2023) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) held its biennial convention on Sunday October 29, 2023 in Ottawa. WSO members from across Canada gathered to discuss the challenges facing the Sikh community and to select a new board of directors for the organization. Danish Singh was chosen to serve as President of the WSO for the next term.
Danish Singh resides in Surrey, British Columbia and most recently has been serving as the Director of Finance for the WSO. He is a senior accountant at a public practice firm. Danish Singh also serves as a director for Sikh Heritage Society BC where he helped launch Sikh Heritage Month celebrations in BC in 2018. He has also been involved with other Sikh youth programming and children's camps across Canada and the US.
Danish Singh will lead a 21 member Board of Directors selected from across Canada.
The World Sikh Organization of Canada’s 2024-2025 Board is as follows:
President – Danish Singh, BC
National Senior Vice-President– Sharanjeet Kaur, ON
National Director of Finance – Gurjodh Singh, BC
National Director of Administration – Siraz Kaur, ON
National Director of Strategy & Engagement– Prabhjot Kaur, ON
National Director of Government Affairs– Jaskaran Singh, ON
National Director of International Affairs– Guntaas Kaur, BC
National Director of Development– Mukhbir Singh, ON
Regional President British Columbia – Gurpreet Kaur, BC
Regional Vice President British Columbia– Manpreet Kaur, BC
Regional President Alberta – Harman Singh Kandola, AB
Regional Vice President Alberta– Dr. Sonia Kaur, AB
Regional President Central– Mahekleen Kaur, MB
Regional Vice President Central– Shaizinder Kaur, SK
Regional President Ontario – Dr. Jaspreet Kaur, ON
Regional Vice President Ontario– Jaspreet Singh, ON
Regional President Quebec & Atlantic– Harginder Kaur, QB
Regional Vice President Quebec & Atlantic– Angad Singh, QB
Director: Dr. Harjeet Singh, AB
Director: Avneet Kaur, AB
Director: Arjin Singh, BC
The newly selected board is over fifty percent women and 90 percent below the age of 40. Over 90 percent of Board Members are also born and raised in Canada.
Outgoing President Tejinder Singh Sidhu who served from 2019 said, "It has been a privilege to serve as the President of the WSO for the past four years. This has been an unprecedented time as for two of those years the world was dealing with the Covid pandemic. That said, our achievements for the Sikh community have been very significant. When members of our community were facing difficulties at work in dealing with new Covid requirements, whether they were Sikh RCMP officers, frontline medical workers or security guards we were there and secured the accommodations they needed to get back to work. We also consistently worked to expose and confront Indian interference targeting Sikhs in Canada. That work is even more important today in the aftermath of the assassination of Bhai Hardeep Singh Nijjar. I would like to thank the team of directors who accompanied me on this journey and also our supporters from across Canada without whom our work would not be possible. I am looking forward to the new Board taking the reins and assisting them in their journey forward.”
WSO President Danish Singh said, "It is an incredible honour to have been selected to lead the WSO Board for the next term. The WSO is Canada’s only national Sikh advocacy group and serves as the voice for Canadian Sikhs on issues of concern. These are unprecedented times for Sikhs in Canada as the Canadian government has finally publicly recognized the role of the Government of India in targeting Sikhs in this country. We will continue to ensure that Sikh voices are heard by the government, media and mainstream Canadians. With the support of the community, our team is ready for the challenges ahead.”
The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights of all individuals.