Vancouver Desi editor receives Darpan Magazine Extraordinary Achievement Award

Published: October 4, 2013

Fabian Dawson’s journalistic work has led to four documentary films and a made-for-TV movie. Last year, he led a Province team to launch the Vancouver Desi website. Les Bazso/PNG


Deputy Editor of The Province and Editor of Vancouver Desi, Fabian Dawson, was awarded a Darpan Magazine Extraordinary Achievement Award for his work as an acclaimed journalist and contributions to media and society at the South Asian publication’s fourth annual awards ceremony Friday night.

“It’s an honour and privilege for me, my family and colleagues at The Province to be recognized this way,” Dawson, who’s also been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and cited for excellence in journalism in the U.S., England and Asia,  said on Friday.

Dawson accepted his award for ‘Industry Marvel’ — one of 10 award categories — at the red carpet event at Surrey’s Royal King Palace and Convention Centre Friday evening.

The annual Extraordinary Achievement Awards ceremony aims to recognize those within the South Asian community doing extraordinary things — not only within the community itself, but those contributing to the greater Canadian community as well.

Dawson has been cited for his work on the phenomenon of honour killings and for a series titled Abandoned Brides —  which investigated the plight of women left behind in India by their foreign husbands. His journalistic work has led to four documentary films, a made-for-TV movie and newly released book, Justice for Jassi, which delves into the honour killing of a B.C. woman in India.

Most recently, Dawson led a Province team to launch Vancouver Desi last year, which already has more current local and international South Asian content and commentary than any other Canadian site. Desi is a popular slang term for the people, culture and goods whose roots are from South Asia or the Indian subcontinent.

Friday’s Extraordinary Achievement Awards also recognized American physicist known for his work in fibre optics, Dr. Narinder Kapany, 18-year-old Whitecaps FC elite player, Jasmin Dhanda, and past chair of the Canada-India Foundation, Barj S. Dhahan — to name a few. This year the publication saw nominations flood in from not only B.C., but from across Canada, the U.S. and India.

“It is such a well-deserved honour,” The Province editor-in-chief, Wayne Moriarty, said of Dawson’s achievement award. “It’s been grand fortune that we’ve had the opportunity here at The Province to build strong and meaningful relationships with South Asian communities throughout the Lower Mainland. No one has been as important in building those relationships as Fabian.”

Born and raised in Malaysia, Dawson and his wife, Anne, are of Indian origin. The couple migrated to Vancouver in 1988. They have two children.


Robin Dhir — ADVANCING PHILANTHROPY: In honour of extraordinary achievements and contributions to charitable ventures in the South Asian community and beyond

Sukhdev Grewal –  COMMUNITY CRUSADER: In honour of extraordinary achievements and contributions as an inspiring leader within the South Asian community

Barj S. Dhahan –  CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT: In honour of extraordinary achievements as a leader and entrepreneur in the South Asian community

Fabian Dawson — INDUSTRY MARVEL:  In honour of extraordinary achievements as an acclaimed journalist and your influential contributions to media and society

Dr. Narinder Kapany –  INTERNATIONAL SENSATION:  In honour of  extraordinary achievements and commitment to enhancing lives through scientific contributions and groundbreaking developments on a global scale

Sukhmeet Sachal –  YOUNG WONDER: In honour of extraordinary achievements in academia and community initiatives

Ajmer Rode — ARTISTIC VISIONARY:  In honour of extraordinary achievements and contributions to South Asian arts, culture and literature

Jasmin Dhanda — SPIRIT OF SPORT: In honour of  extraordinary achievements and contributions as an inspiring athlete

Virasat Foundation, Bhupinder S. Malhi & Jaspal S. Randhawa — HERITAGE DEFENDER:  In honour of extraordinary achievements in the preservation, promotion and development of South Asian arts, culture, tradition and heritage

Dr. V. Setty Pendakur — BREAKING BARRIERS: In honour of  extraordinary achievements as an influential leader, educator and contributor to society, who continues to inspire future generations

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