ASAP: Who are we? And what are we up to?

AMNEET AULAKH
VANCOUVER DESI

Who we are not is  ”As Soon As Possible.” Although, the kinds of things we are involved in are worthy of your attention, as soon as possible!

The Association of South Asian Professionals of BC (ASAP) is a non-profit organization consisting of South Asian professionals from various disciplines including law, engineering, education, sales, marketing, finance, medicine, accounting, media, technology and business. ASAP is a non-political, nondenominational organization.

The vision of ASAP is to exhibit social responsibility through positive action in the general community, foster leadership by acting as role models and mentors, and advocate for social issues in British Columbia. In addition, ASAP provides a forum for South Asian professionals in various disciplines to interact, network and learn from each other.

Have you ever considered how it would feel to move and inspire a young person? Tony Robbins said that one of the six human needs is contribution. To be able to contribute to another human being without expecting anything in return.

The ASAP mentorship program is a great way for South Asian professionals to give back to the community and contribute to our youth.  Our intentions are to:

  • Be positive role models for the youth
  • Educate them about the career options available to them as they move towards graduating high school
  • Get them thinking and asking questions about what is possible
  • Guide them to take steps towards discovering what they enjoy doing

During the last two years while I have been involved with this program – organizing and presenting to Grade 6, 9, and 10 students, meeting with teachers and principals of schools – I have been amazed by the overwhelming need for mentors and role models for our youth.

Our involvement in schools has been greatly appreciated by the students and teachers.  We have been to grade 8 and 10 career planning classes at David Thompson Secondary and even to classes of students in Grade 5 and 6 at the Walter Moberly Elementary school  –
we talk with the students about our professions, how a day in our working life is like, skills to learn in school, and the value of teamwork, discipline and commitment. We make it interactive and fun to exchange information such that they feel comfortable asking us questions.

Moving forward, we plan to expand this program by having ongoing presentations, seminars, job shadowing and having an online forum where students can get information and ask us questions.

We want more professionals to step forward and participate on a consistent basis so that this program can run independently with a pool of people who are committed to making a difference for kids.

I am inviting you all to get involved, either with ASAP or within your own communities, because I can tell you from personal experience that it is deeply rewarding and enriching to make such a meaningful contribution in a young kids life.

The programs and schools we are currently involved with are:

  • David Thompson Secondary School
  • Surrey iLearn
  • Walter Moberley Elementary School
  • Y.E.S. Vancouver
  • Junior Achievement of British Columbia

If you are curious about Tony Robbin’s six human needs, click here.

Amneet Aulakh is a mentorship committee co-chair with the Association of South Asian Professionals. She works as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at Vancouver General Hospital. She can be reached by email at amneet.aulakh@yahoo.com

Tags: , ,





Featured

Selfies - inked finger-Twitter

Indian city bans selfies inside polling booths (w/gallery)

VANCOUVER DESI The next selfie you snap could land you in jail – for Indian voters at least. According to Indian news publication the Bangalore…
Continue Reading »

worship-India

Six-year-old worshipped for patch of hair on his back that has grown into a tail

VANCOUVER DESI A six-year-old Indian boy is being worshipped by villagers for a small patch of hair on his back that has grown into a…
Continue Reading »

Rahul Gandhi

India Elections: Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi’s ‘toffee model’

IANS Agra – Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi kept up his attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s “toffee model” of development that only…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Police tape off a residence at 3319 Kingsway in Vancouver, BC, April 14, 2014 after police shot a man who stabbed a woman and child. Arlen Redekop / PNG

Shot murder suspect under guard in hospital

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER - A 33-year-old Vancouver man has been charged with the murder of his mother and the attempted murder of his niece….
Continue Reading »

Stephen Harper-Canada-Prime Minister

Sri Lanka accuses Canada of using Commonwealth funding as political tool

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka accused Canada on Tuesday of using its funding of the Commonwealth for political purposes. The accusation…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood dancing

Gallery: Blossom Bollywood at Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival

VANCOUVER DESI Shiamak Davar’s Vancouver dance team took part in the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday. Dancers performed…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Muslim Surveillance Program

New York police ends Muslim surveillance program that sparked outrage

TOM HAYS And JAKE PEARSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The New York Police Department said Tuesday it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to…
Continue Reading »

India-crime

Eatery owner stabbed to death over less than $1

IANS New Delhi – A 35-year-old eatery owner was Tuesday stabbed to death while his younger brother was injured in an attack by seven people…
Continue Reading »

Human sperm

Sperm may deliver stress too

IANS London – Your dad did not just pass his qualities via genes in you. He may have actually passed some stress too! A research…
Continue Reading »

trudeau

Gallery: Justin Trudeau celebrates with thousands at Vancouver Vaisakhi

VANCOUVER DESI Justin Trudeau, Christy Clark and thousands of others were out in the Saturday sunshine to celebrate Vancouver’s 25th annual Vaisakhi parade. The event,…
Continue Reading »

Ajit Singh, father of Jagtar Gill, is overcome with emotion as he leaves the courthouse Monday.Pat McGrath/Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa mom’s husband charged with first-degree murder (with video)

CHRIS COBB OTTAWA CITIZEN OTTAWA  — Minutes after Bhupinderpal Gill’s brief appearance in a packed courtroom Monday an emotional group of relatives and friends…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood

Shah Rukh Khan would love to dance on ‘Gangnam Style’ with Psy

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wants to dance with Korean rap sensation Psy on his global hit Gangnam Style, according to the Press…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Hrithik Roshan seeks health tips for ‘shin splints’ from Twitter fans

IANS Mumbai – Actor Hrithik Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last year, is again suffering from “shin splints”. The 40-year-old complained of pain in the…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Rajeev Khandelwal: Being in industry an endless marathon

IANS Mumbai – Actor Rajeev Khandelwal says that being in the film industry is like an endless marathon and the one who survives till the…
Continue Reading »