Mississauga Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
1) VASU CHANCHLANI:
Vasu Chanchlani is an entrepreneur and an active philanthropist supporting projects that have a significant transformational impact.
Beyond committing his financial support - he ensures that his support is planned, sustainable and impactful.
He co-founded Canada India Foundation to deepen ties between Canada and India.
To support his goal in giving India and Indians a global recognition for their achievements, Vasu created an endowment fund of $1 million for the CIF as well as the Chanchlani Global Indian Award that awards $50,000 every year to the deserving recipient.
He has donated $1 million towards a $10 million fund for Chanchlani Research Centre, McMaster University in support of understanding the role of genetic and environmental causes of common chronic heart disease and diabetes among South Asians.
He has also contributed to the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus and the CNIB.
In October 2010, at the unveiling the Monument for the Fallen Soldiers of Canada, Vasu Chanchlani announced the formation of the Canadian Fallen Soldier Foundation with an initial contribution of $1 million.
The mandate of this foundation is to provide financial and mentoring support for higher education to the families of fallen soldiers.
Currently, Vasu is actively involved, and has invested, in about twenty businesses, including two ventures in India.
He was recently honoured with the President’s Award by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
2) DR. BARBARA CLIVE:
Dr. Barbara Clive has been in clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga since 1986.
Dr. Clive has held numerous leadership roles at Credit Valley Hospital since that time including:
Medical Director of Rehabilitation,Continuing Care Program, Chief of Medical Staff, Credit Valley Hospital, Geriatric Lead of Mississauga Halton LHIN
Dr. Clive has done extensive work with the community, including hospitals, health service providers and consumers to develop a short- and long-term strategy for Specialized Geriatric Services in Mississauga-Halton.
Her most rewarding work is that of day-to-day care of seniors and their families and, hence, Dr. Clive brings her experience and expertise from front-line clinical work to these many advisory, teaching and planning tables.
She is an outstanding physician and a leader in her field.
Dr. Clive has also served on the Board of Governors at Credit Valley Hospital.
3) KULDIP DEEPAK:
Kuldip Deepak is a very well known personality in the world of entertainment, especially in radio and television.
He is the host of the longest serving Punjabi radio program, Punjab Di Goonj, in the country, having been on air since 1978.
He has put his heart and soul into that program, enjoyed and appreciated by thousands of listeners for over 33 years.
Kuldip’s program has contributed to Canadian business and our economy while helping many young Indian businesses thrive and grow in Canada.
Kuldip is also a well-known singer and has produced dozens of CD’s. He is best known for singing Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s poems and songs.
Kuldip has produced and conducted various fundraising radio-thons for community centres, temples, hospitals and other community-related causes, raising over $2 million over the years.
He raised over $68,000 in 2004 for the Tsunami victims of South East Asia.
Recently, he initiated and was part of the fundraising radio-thon which raised over $120,000 and 65 thousand pounds of food for the Mississauga Food Bank.
And last year, he raised and sent $23,000 for an orphanage in India.
Kuldip is one of the founding members of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as its Director and General Secretary.
4) HARMINDER DHILLON:
Harminder Dhillon is a prominent lawyer and volunteer – both in his community and within the South Asian community.
He obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Harminder readily provides, free of charge, legal information to those in need.
Over the past 25 years he has been very active in various community organizations.
He was a volunteer presenter of the Mandatory Information Program at Brampton Court House.
He is a volunteer case-worker at Community Legal Aid Services Program and coordinator of free legal aid clinics for graduate students at the University of Waterloo.
He is a guest speaker on radio talk shows providing useful and informative legal information and commentary to the community.
He is the founding editor of the Punjabi weekly- Punj Pani - as well as a founding member [since 1992] of Punjabi Writers’ Forum Brampton.
5) Michelle DiEmanuele:
Michelle DiEmanuele is the current President and CEO of Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre.
Previously, Michelle has served the Government of Ontario as a Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of Cabinet, Chair of the Public Service Commission and other public institutions.
She is in the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Top 100 most Powerful Women and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40.
Michelle’s commitment to public service includes delivering results in health care, social services and justice.
She has extensive experience in driving higher levels of service, people and financial performance through effective change leadership and has also worked in the financial and real estate sectors.
She has been instrumental in the seamless merger of the two hospitals in Mississauga and realizing operational efficiencies that benefit the entire community.
Her hard work, dedication and expertise will help to better serve the health care needs of Mississauga residents in the years to come.
6) HARLEEN GREWAL :
Harleen Grewal is currently a Managing Partner of Grewal Law which is a well respected, full-service law firm established in Brampton in 2000.
Her firm prides itself in not only providing clients with careful, aggressive representation in a clear and timely manner but, also, strives in finding practical, not just legal, solutions to problems.
Her practice includes the areas of commercial and corporate law, family law, immigration and real estate.
Harleen has been actively involved in the community, having served as Trustee for the Sikh Centennial Foundation, Head of Fundraising for St. Mary’s Transitional Housing in 2010, and numerous philanthropic donations to the Coptic Church of Canada, the Seniors Club of Canada, and the Pingalwara Society in India.
She also provides pro bono legal services to the local community.
Harleen Grewal is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her contributions to the community.
She has personally funded non-governmental organizations in India run by Kiran Bedi and Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation.
She has funded construction work being carried out in gurdwara’s in India.
Harleen Grewal donates to the All India Medical Welfare Association in Delhi - asking its President to seek out less fortunate people who need cataract surgeries, have diabetes or other medical concerns, ensuring treatment is administered at her expense.
She is a great human being and a person with a huge heart.
We are very proud to present this Diamond Jubilee Medal to Harleen.
7) GEORGE HUNTER:
George Hunter is likely Canada’s best known and most respected photographer of the 20th Century.
He has spent almost his entire seven-decade career photographing our vast and beautiful country
His work is everywhere and there is little doubt that you have not seen his works.
His photographs have appeared on the $5, $10 and $50 bills as well as two Canadian stamps.
His photos have appeared countless times in textbooks, brochures and corporate marketing material.
One of George Hunter’s photos, featuring Toronto’s Pearson Airport was even included in the time capsule aboard the Voyager II mission to space.
He is one of the first photographers inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and has been presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators.
His images can be found in over 75 public art galleries/museums, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
He is a long time resident of Mississauga and a local icon.
8) RENUKA JEYANAYAGAM :
Renuka Jeyanayagam (JAYA-NAYA-GAM), born in Sri Lanka, was still in high school when she became passionate about the plight of orphans and vulnerable children around the world.
After moving to Canada in 1984, she volunteered for three years as a mentor to a group of teen mothers in a priority neighbourhood, meeting weekly with the girls and their children.
She also volunteered internationally with Habitat for Humanity, building homes as far away as Siberia.
It was on a Habitat Humanity volunteer trip to Zambia that she found her calling to champion the cause of orphans in Africa.
As a Branch Head at the Toronto Public Library, Renuka has been cultivating a love of books for the children of Africa, believing the only way to end the cycle of poverty is through knowledge and education.
Renuka established two libraries, one in the Town of Ndola, Zambia, where she trained community leaders to run the library and, the other, for the benefit of children, in an orphan centre in the Town of Dondo, Mozambique.
Renuka volunteers her time as vice chair of a local non-profit, Hope4Child Relief Mission Inc. (funding the care of orphans in Sri Lanka and Mozambique).
Over the past five years she has volunteered considerable time in the field coordinating efforts of care for orphans impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
She has also helped fund income generating projects in Africa.
Renuka’s latest project is planning the building and renovation of an orphan centre in Cafumpe, Mozambique, which would include a primary school, community hall and dormitories for students.
There is so much more that can be said about Renuka and her volunteer work. She is a role model and we are proud of her work and accomplishments.
9) VIJAY KANWAR:
Vijay Kanwar is the co-founder of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres with his wife Neena.
Respected for his business leadership, social advocacy and generous philanthropy, Vijay provides the strategic and operational guidance that has evolved KMH into the largest provider of nuclear cardiology in North America.
In addition to KMH, his innovative enterprises include Transamerica Medical Incorporated, a medical supplies company, and Lambardar Incorporated, a design and construction firm of cutting edge, state-of–the art medical facilities.
Such pursuits have garnered attention from Middle-Eastern countries and European authorities seeking to implement advanced medical care.
Vijay and his wife, Neena, recently donated $5 Million to the Credit Valley Hospital.
Vijay has been recognized for his entrepreneurial accomplishments on numerous occasions: recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Health Sciences Award (2006), and recipient of the Skills for Change New Pioneer Award in Entrepreneurship category (2009).
As a role model to current leaders and future generations, Vijay contributes on the Boards of Directors of several Canadian businesses, academic, cultural, sports and youth-focused organizations that enable others to also achieve success.
He is the first Indo-Canadian to sit on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.
He is also a role model and inspiration to many young Canadians and immigrants alike.
10) JIM MURRAY:
Jim Murray is a well known local businessman and community leader who has devoted countless volunteer hours in the community.
Upon moving to Mississauga in 1953, Jim started volunteering with the local scouting movement.
There are countless organizations that have benefitted from Jim’s
selfless devotion to community service.
Just a few of these organizations include: Credit Valley Hospital, Sheridan College, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Peel Regional Police Services Board, the inaugural Board of the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation, Mississauga Sports Council, the Mayor’s Gala and the Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Heritage and Culture.
Jim is a recipient of numerous awards:
Kinsen Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Young Citizen of Mississauga (1981), The Gordon S. Shipp Citizen of the Year in 1996, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, Mississauga Board of Trade’s Business Person of the Year Award and NAIOP’s Community Service Award for his significant contribution to society.
Jim is a fixture around Mississauga and hardly any activity takes place without his involvement.
His contribution to the greater Mississauga community has been outstanding and nothing short of exemplary.
11) DR. COLIN SALDANHA:
Dr. Colin Saldanha is one of Mississauga's most prominent physicians.
He has been extensively involved in social justice, poverty reduction, policing, immigration and race relations, mentorship, public policy and health awareness issues.
He has served as Chair of the Peel Multicultural Council, Peel Police Services board, Canadian Association of Police Boards, Mississauga Board of Trade, United Way of Peel Region and Safe and Sober Driving Coalition.
Dr. Saldanha has served as a member of the Board of Governors to the Canadian Centre for Police Race Relations, Member of the Fundraising Cabinet of the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, University of Toronto.
He is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.
He currently chairs the Mississauga Halton LHIN’s Mental Health Advisory Task Force and the United Way Healthy Mind Initiative.
In recognition of his long-standing involvement in his local community, he has received the Canada 125 Medal from the Governor General of Canada, the Sam McCallion Community Award from the Mississauga Board of Trade and The Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.
He has also been the Mississauga Citizen of the Year 2010.
He is a passionate physician who dedicates his time for the benefit of the community.
12) HARPREET SETHI:
A successful and well established immigrant, Harpreet is well known for his generosity and volunteer work for numerous charities, in the local community and internationally.
He is an active member of the community and continuously finds ways to give back.
One notable contribution was a sizeable monetary donation to the William Osler Hospital Centre, one of Canada’s largest hospitals, drawing praise and distinction from all levels of government.
Most recently, Harpreet supported the Salvation Army ‘Toy Mountain’ campaign in December 2011, with donations toward the purchase of toys for needy children.
Harpreet’s name is synonymous with grand events in hospitality and entertainment.
As the President of ‘Black Diamond Entertainment’, Harpreet promotes, organizes, hosts and sponsors numerous cultural and community events, supporting and promoting local and global talent – while enriching and promoting diversity.
Not only is Harpreet Sethi a visionary and a successful businessman, he was also recently awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.