City Councillor Gurpreet S. Dhillon is proud that the City of Brampton has joined the Province of Ontario in proclaiming the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month. It was announced today at the Council meeting, which fell on Vaisakhi Day. The proclamation was put forward by Mr. Mohan Singh Hira Bhangoo.
“Having the City proclaiming April as Sikh Heritage Month is an achievement that shows the diversity and the inclusivity of our City,” said Councillor Dhillon. The proclamation recognizes the significance of Sikh contributions to Canadian life. “Whereas Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Sikh Canadians and the contributions they have made to this City, the Province and our Country.” It was read by Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffery.
In addition to events happening across Ontario, the City of Brampton will host a reception in City Hall on Tuesday, April 26 from 5pm-8pm. The reception will honour four outstanding Sikhs in the community:
- Jasmeet Raina (aka Jus Reign) – internet and YouTube sensation
- Raj Ghuman – local radio host, singer, songwriter and international artist
- Amrik Singh Ahluwalia – newly-appointed Chair of the Peel Police Services Board
- Iqbal Mahal – influential pioneer media personality
“The reception is open to the public and I urge my fellow Bramptonians to attend and learn more about Sikhs in the community,” said Councillor Dhillon. Vaisakhi Day marks the solar new year, and the beginning of the Punjabi Harvest. It’s celebrated around April 13 on the Gregorian Calendar.