Canada’s Justin Trudeau’s cabinet: Diverse with more Sikh ministers than PM Modi

The Sikh community in Canada is really strong and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has his share of men and women from the community that he really depends on. He recently boasted that he had more Sikhs in his cabinet than even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi does (the latter has two). Trudeau’s cabinet is certainly more diverse than it has ever been — it has an equal number of men and women (15 each, excluding the PM), and there are four Sikh and two aboriginal ministers.

These Sikh ministers in Trudeau’s cabinet have fascinating back stories. Here’s a look at the Punjab brigade in Canada’s cabinet.

Navdeep Bains: Navdeep Singh Bains, minister of innovation, science, and economic development, with his mother Ajit Bains and his niece Rumeet Bains in Ajit’s home in Brampton.

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Amarjeet Sohi: Federal infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi’s success is an immigrant’s dream.

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Harjit Sajjan: Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan invented a gas mask he could wear with his turban.
Among Sajjan’s many achievements is his patent on a gas mask that can be used while wearing a turban.

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Bardish Chagger: Minister of tourism and small industries Bardish Chagger’s first entry to politics was when she was 13 years old.

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References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/03/12/justin-trudeau-modi-sikhs_n_9445312.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/06/canada-cabinet-facebook-post-alana-phillips_n_8494752.html

Program by Bhai Harjeet Singh Ji in Sikh Gurdwara DC – Mar 27th 2016

Please join us in attending diwan on Sunday, 3/27/2016.

We will have Bhai Harjeet Singh Ji (nephew of Prof. Darshan Singh Ji) performing at DC Gurdwara from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Program Schedule

Asa di vaar                                          –       8:00 am to 10:00 am
Sukhmani Sahib                                –       10:00 am to 11:00 am
Kirtan by Bhai Harjeet Singh Ji     –       11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Kirtan by Bhai Surinder Singh ji    –       12:00 noon to 1:15 pm
Langar                                                  –       1:45 pm

Free Akal Takhat Seminar at George Mason University – March 4th 2016 (Friday)

Saadh Sangat Ji,

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

There is a seminar on “Free Akal Takhat” taking place at George Mason University (flyer attached) on Friday, March 4 at 7:30pm.Seminar

Yearly update for DC Gurudwara – 2015

Sikh Gurudwara of Washington DC

The Year that was – Wrap up of 2015

 

With Waheguruji’s Blessings the Sikh Gurudwara DC prospered in 2015. Please find below the highlights for 2015 that we would like to build on this year with the support of our Sangat. Our Sangat’s commitment and hard work is appreciated and by Guru’s grace 2016 will be a better and brighter year.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Heralding in of 2015

A special kirtan diwan was held in the evening of the new year on Dec 31st 2014 form 7 pm to midnight. After the melodious kirtan by Bhai Surinder Singh and his jatha, the New Year was heralded in by the Sat Sangat with echoes of “Bole So Nihal” .

Guru Gobind Singh Prakash Utsav

The month of January was dedicated to the celebration of Prakash Purab of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Atam Ras Durbar

On March 21, a special kirtan durbar was held from 7 pm to 11 pm. Resident Ragi jatha plus Ragis from the DC metropolitan area and visiting Ragis participated:

Bhai Jagmohan S (GNFA)

Bhai Gurdarshan S (GGSF)

Bhai Kuldip S (NEW JERSEY)

Bhai Kuldip S (Chantilly)

Bhai Tajinder S ((INDIAN IDOL FAME)

Baisakhi Celebrations

Special Diwan was held at the Gurudwara to celebrate the Baisakhi and the foundation of the Khalsa Panth.

On the occasion of the Baisakhi the sangat from all the Gurudwaras in the DC metropolitan area came together to participate in a Parade on Constitution Avenue to increase awareness about Sikhs and the Sikh faith. Multiple Sevadars (leaders) of the Sikh community, addressed the gathering at the conclusion of the parade. The highlight of the parade was the serving of langar to the parade participants.

A youth group from the Gurudwara performed Gidda at the Baisakhi celebration at the Indian Embassy DC.

NPR Program

On April 12th, NPR featured Vaisakhi celebration on their interfaith radio show. Bhai Sahib ji sang the shabad – “Ek pita Ekas kay hum baarik, Tu mera Gur Haayee”. The radio show also included Sevadar Ravinder Sawhney who explained the meaning of the shabad and Sevadar Rajdeep Singh from the Sikh Coalition who highlighted the importance of Vaisakhi for Sikhs.

Installation of Plaque to honor Pioneers of the DC Gurudwara

On April 19th, a ceremony was held to install a plaque to honor the pioneers, including Sevadar Dr. Shamsher Singh, who were instrumental in establishing the Gurudwara on the prestigious Embassy Row venue.

 

Workshop on Art through Story Telling

A workshop was conducted by Kaur Foundation on May 15th on the Art through Story Telling. The workshop invited participants to listen to powerful and moving excerpts about Sikh heritage, history and contemporary lives and then create their own visual and/or written art.

Bazaar

Under the guidance of Sevadar Mrs. Pavan Sawhney an open Bazaar was held in June. Volunteers participated and provided goods for sale. All proceeds from the Bazaar were donated to the Gurudwara.

July 4th Independence Day Parade

Sikhs from the DC metropolitan area, including participants from the DC Gurudwara, sponsored a float and walked in the July 4th Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue.

Vishesh Kirtan Diwan

On August 9th, a special Kirtan Diwan was held in which Bhai Tajinder Singh of Indian Idol fame was a major attraction.

Interfaith Unity Walk

The congregation from the Gurudwara participated in full force in the annual Interfaith Unity Walk. The highlight was the serving of Langar to about 350 walk participants. In addition, the walk participants who visited the Gurudwara were given a brief introduction of the Sikh faith and traditions.

Visit of Professor Darshan Singh

Professor Darshan Singh Khalsa visited the Gurudwara on October 17th and 18th during which he enthralled the sangat with his kirtan and words of wisdom.

Bandi Chhor Diwas

Special evening diwan was held on November 11th to commemorate the Bandi Chhor Diwas.

Month of Martyrdom

The diwans in the month of December were dedicated to honor the sacrifices of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and all of his Sahibzades.

Recognizing the sevadaars

We are all sevadaars and that selfless service has been critical to the smooth running of the Gurudwara. The wrap up of the year is not complete without specifically recognizing the following sevadaars:

Family of Bhai Surinder Singh – their entire family is devoted to the Gurudwara. Bhai Surinder Singh and his brothers are well known for their melodious voice, heartwarming shabad kirtan and sakhies.

Sikh School – Ms. Harpreet Kaur for establishing and running the Sunday School for children age 4 and above. The school offers three levels – primary, intermediate and advanced. The school curriculum focuses on Gurmat education teaching Punjabi, Sikh history, Sikh values and the life of the Sikh Gurus in a Montessori environment. Classes are taught by dedicated volunteers.

Langar – the langar team is coordinated by Sevadars Inderjeet Kaur, Manjit Kaur and Pammi Sawhney. The langar team’s sewa and seamless running of the kitchen is highly appreciated by the Sangat.

Sevadar Ravinder Sawhney for coordinating and regularly announcing the information about the Gurudwara’s upcoming programs with the Sangat at the Sunday Diwan.

Sevadar Jatinder Kaur and Sevadar Baljit Singh for their seva in maintaining the book keeping/accounting of the Gurudwara. Their strong organizational skills have kept the Gurudwara accounts in good order.

Creator of DC Gurudwara Website and Email – a new committee has been formed comprised of Sevadars Davinder Singh, Harjeet Singh Sachdeva with Mr. and Mrs. Grewal.

Unique and unassuming leadership provided by our Sevadars has led to a harmonious apolitical atmosphere in the Gurudwara. Each member of the sangat is welcomed to take initiative and ownership in whatever way they desire.

With the support of the Sangat we have been able to make some structural improvements to the Gurudwara – the granite courtyard work has been completed as well as repairs to the roof and the garage. With Guruji’s Mehar and the continued efforts of the Sangat we will be able to take on additional work on the Gurudwara this year.

 

Warm Regards,

Sevadars.

 

 

 

 

Annual Gurpurab Event

Event: Gurpurab of Chaar Sahibzaade, Mata Gujri Ji, Mai Bhago Ji and sacrifices of all Singhs in the Poh of 1704
Day: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016
Timings: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Venue: Sikh Gurdwara DC

 

Gurpurab

Baba Deep Singh – Shahidi Dihada , Nov-15-2015

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Please join all of us to remember Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji on his Shaheedi Dihada.

Baba Deep Singh (1682–1757) is revered among Sikhs as one of the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism and as a highly religious person. He is remembered for his sacrifice and devotion to the teachings of the Sikh Gurus. Baba Deep Singh was the first head of Misl Shaheedan Tarna Dal – an order of the Khalsa military established by Nawab Kapur Singh, the then head of Sharomani Panth Akali Buddha Dal.

Venue : DC Gurudwara.

Sun, Nov-15-2015

8:00 am to 10:00 am       – Asa di vaar by Bhai Surinder Singh ji

10:30 am to 11:30 am     – Sukhmani Sahib by Sangat

11:30 am to 12:30 Noon – Kirtan by Sangat

12:30 Noon to 1:30 pm – Kirtan by Bhai Surinder Singh ji

01:30 pm                         – Ardaas and Guru Ka Langar

Kirtan by Prof. Darshan Singh Khalsa in DC Gurdwara

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Saadh Sangat G, Prof. Darshan Singh Khalsa (Ex Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib) will be performing kirtan in DC Gurdwara on below mentioned dates. All are cordially invited to join all of us.

Schedule:

Sat, 17-Oct-2015

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON  Kirtan by Bhai Surinder Singh

Time: 12:00 NOON to 01:00 PM  Kirtan by Prof. Darshan Singh Khalsa

01:00PM                                        Ardaas and Guru Ka Langar

 

Sun, 18-Oct-2015

8:00 am to 10:00 am       – Asa di vaar by Bhai Surinder Singh ji

10:30 am to 11:30 am     – Sukhmani Sahib by Sangat

11:30 am to 12:00 Noon – Kirtan by Sangat

12:00 Noon to 12:30 pm – Kirtan by Bhai Surinder Singh ji

12:00 Noon to 12:30 pm – Kirtan by Prof. Darshan Singh Khalsa

01:30 pm                         – Ardaas and Guru Ka Langar

More details are in the flyer below

Kirtan- Darshan Singh Ji

Kirtan- Darshan Singh Ji

 

DC Khalsa School reopens on September 6th, 2015

DC Khalsa welcomes enrollment for year 2015-2016.
Attached is the form for registration for the following levels:
ELEMENTARY
INTERMEDIATE
ADVANCED
ADULT CLASSES
Contact details for questions or assistance:
Harpreet Kaur

Registration Form

 

The new Khalsa School timings are:
Adult & Advance Class : 11:30 am …to 1: 00pm
Primary & Intermediate Class: 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM
All kids will go downstairs for Gatka class at 01:00pm.
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