Surrey’s Darpan Magazine to hold Extraordinary Achievement Awards next month (w/ gallery)

The red carpet at the 2012 Extraordinary Achievement Awards. Submitted photo/DARPAN Magazine

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI 

Surrey’s South Asian publication, Darpan Magazine, is holding its fourth annual Extraordinary Achievement Awards next month.

“(We want) to recognize people in the community who are doing extraordinary things — not just in the South Asian community, but contributing to the greater Canadian community as well,” said editor-in-chief Renu Singh-Joseph.  “People are recognized for their overall contribution to the province of British Columbia and greater Canadian society.”

Over the past four years the ceremony has recognized notable community figures such as Mo Dhaliwal, chair of the multicultural advisory council and VIBC; radio and TV host Harjinder Thind; and Belle Puri of CBC.

Singh-Joseph said mainstream media and other outlets can portray the community negatively, “But there’s a lot of people doing amazing stuff.”

“So many people from youth to seniors in the community are doing amazing things and they’re helping people locally, nationally at a Canadian scale and also globally.”

The goal of the awards is to “create a ripple effect in the community and beyond.”

“To inspire one or two individuals, which will in turn inspire hundreds and thousands of people to achieve the extraordinary,” said Singh-Joseph.

And according to Singh-Joseph, the awards have come to be “recognized as the pre-eminent social networking and philanthropic event of the year,” seeing nominations flood in not only from B.C. and Canada, but also from the United States and India.

“Every year we get a lot of nominations coming in and this year has been crazy,” she said. “A lot of people around the world … know about the awards now.”

And due to the influx of nominations, Darpan has decided to extend the deadline to Sept. 16.

While Darpan won’t announce any nominees or winners until the awards night, Singh-Joseph did reveal this year’s keynote speaker is Sikh and U.S.-based physicist Dr. Narinder Kapany, who’s dubbed the “father of fibre-optics” for his contributions to fibre-optical communications, lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy, pollution monitoring and the Internet.

“Without him the Internet wouldn’t have been possible for today,” said Singh-Joseph.

The Extraordinary Achievement Awards will be held at the Royal King Palace and Convention Centre on 128th St. in Surrey on Oct. 4 and will boast a red carpet, fashion show, entertainment and gourmet food. Tickets cost $150 and nominations for the 10 award categories must be submitted by Sept. 16. For more information visit darpanmagazine.com.



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The Shiamak Davar Dance Troupe mesmerizes the guests in attendance with their bold, flashy moves. Submitted photo/DARPAN Magazine

Award Categories
ARTISTIC VISIONARY — extraordinary achievement as a South Asian in the field of art;
INDUSTRY MARVEL — extraordinary achievements of a South Asian within an industry;
COMMUNITY CRUSADER — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian as a leader who is giving back to the South Asian community;
CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian entrepreneur;
BREAKING BARRIERS — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian who is breaking barriers;
ADVANCING PHILANTHROPY — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian in many charitable ventures;
HERITAGE DEFENDER — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian in overcoming adversity to represent South Asians;
SPIRIT OF SPORT — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian athlete;
YOUNG WONDER — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian young person in academia and community initiatives;
INTERNATIONAL SENSATION — extraordinary achievement of a South Asian on a global scale.

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