Page 1

Celebrating Indo-Canadian Life

FREE!

Vol. 2 NO. 8

1012673

Serving BC’s Interior

November 2013

indo-Canadian

Christmas Traditions

Community puts family at centre of celebration By Larkin Schmiedl

W

ith Diwali coming right before Christmas, it’s an easy time for Indo-Canadians to ease into another holiday before the Canadian New Year begins. Strings of lights often already adorn homes, “diyas” from Diwali, the festival of lights, are also used by some families to double as Christmas lights.

Commonly divorced from its religious context, Christmas is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and non-religious people alike. “I think for us it’s more meaningful in that we get to be with our family,” said Inder Sharma from Abbotsford. “I don’t know the religious context. We do understand the meaning behind it, of why Christmas is here, and why it’s celebrated, but I think we kind of take on more of a family-oriented role.” Sharma was born and raised in Canada, and she notices a generational difference among family members.

“Our parents would do Christmas, especially the gift-giving portion, just to make sure that we as kids also got gifts on Christmas. “I think our generation, we kind of took it to the next level, we’re decorating a whole lot more, following more of the traditions as far as the Christmas stocking, the little details, we’re also doing that just because we want to experience it more for ourselves.” She said for her family it’s about being festive and combining the two traditions of her generation and the older generation. “My newer generation, we’re more excited to be a part of Christmas and we kind of go all out.” Sharma and her husband Ravi have already taken their one-year-old to see Santa Claus and have a photo on his lap, “and we plan on doing that every year,” she said. “This is going to be a major thing for her this year.” When it comes to family gettogethers, Sharma said she caters to the older generation’s needs, mainly in terms of food. Christmas Eve the Sharmas will cook a turkey, and a vegetarian dinner as well. continued on page 3

BUYING OR SELLING REAL ESTATE Royal Lepage Westwin Realty

Royal Lepage Westwin Realty

HARMAN LIDDER

Building Lots 139,000 9,000 starting at $139

Office: 250.374.1461 250.318.2425 Harman@kamloopsagent.com 800 Seymour Street, Kamloops

www.kamloopsagent.com

Top Producer (Kamloops Area) 2011/12 Directors Platinum Award Full Time Real Estate Service Professional

Happy Holidays!

INDY BAL

Office: 250.374.1461 Toll Free: 1.866.374.1461 IndyBal@royallepage.ca 800 Seymour Street, Kamloops

www.indybal.com

R002481265

Specializing in Residential, Commercial, Agricultural Investment & Development Properties.


S2 insight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

D001912299

. .


Our Community

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 insight S3

Feature Story ~ Events ~ Viewpoint ~ News

Keith Anderson/The Daily News

Sikh Community members Picku Multani, left, and Sushma Plested, right, sit with Rae Samson, who was attending the Know Your Neighbour festivities at the Sikh Gudwara Sahib Temple on Cambridge Crescent on Nov. 17. Samson was accepting donations of food and money for the Kamloops Food Bank.

continued from cover

“We’ll do a vegetarian lasagne or something; maybe do some Indian dishes because mostly they’re vegetarian — and kind of mix the two together.”

Bhangra and Chutney music will also replace traditional Christmas carols.

“The older generation kind of sits together and has their . . . Indian food.”

At the Sharma’s house this Christmas, 15 to 20 family and neighbours will be eating together and the family will put up its Christmas tree, hang stockings and decorate the house in preparation. “We do the full wreath and garlands and the tree, stockings, the lights, all of that,” Sharma said.

Selekha.com notes that some Indo-Canadian families find biryani rice, samosas, aloo, chicken curry and other traditional Indian foods replace the North American traditional turkey at Christmastime. Sometimes Bollywood songs,

Christmas and New Year’s are eagerly awaited by many Indo-Canadians, and the exchange of presents among family at Diwali is sometimes extended to friends and others at Christmas as well.

Premier Clark commemorates birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

P

remier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

“Greetings and best wishes to everyone celebrating the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh religion and an ambassador of peace and unity for people around the world. “British Columbia is home to a large and dynamic Sikh community, which for over 100 years has made great contributions to our

province. As we commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak, we also celebrate our province’s rich cultural diversity, that welcomes new ideas and cherishes old traditions. “Guru Nanak’s legacy has changed the world we live in. He believed in equality, honesty, and serving one’s community — values that underpin the cultural fabric of British Columbia today. “On behalf of all British Columbians, I congratulate all those celebrating the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.”

D001912270

A mix of two traditions


S4 insight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Our Community

Roopam Plawn, left, and Jasmeet Ahtuwalia from the TRU Bollywood Club, below (L to r) Goddess laxmi puja; carnatic vocal singing by sushma sree; chnese-indian fusion dancelina cai and boliyan (traditional vocal singing) by sonveer and ajwinder

Diwali delight TRU Bhangra team during diwali celebrations organised by hindu cultural society

Bhangra, a high energy folk dance from the state of punjab. tru bhangra group performing as a part of the hindu cultural society diwali celebrations.


PENTICTON KIA

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 insight S5

S! REASE G! W RA INC NNIN D Y L O I DAI ARLY TS OF W E NCE R E ENTUR CHA YO

kia.ca

CAR -A-DAY ďż˝

60 CARS. 60 DAYS. up too

**

DON’T

+ PAY UNTIL

FINANCING

months

SPRING

¤

ON SELECT MODELS

Rondo EX Luxury shownďż˝

Sorento EX shownďż˝

AVAILABLE LE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

THE NEW 2014

HWY (A/T): 7.1L/100KM CITY (A/T): 10.4L/100KM

WIN IT

ّ#MVFUPPUI° ّ#M

Ů‘"JS$POEJUJPOJOH Ů‘ Ů‘Ů‘" "JS$POE "JSS $POEJU POE OE EJUJPOJOH JOH OH H

Ů‘3FBS1BSLJOH4POBS Ů‘Ů‘3FB Ů‘3FBS1BSL FBSS1BSLJOH4POBS B BSLJOH4P POBS

Ů‘4QFFE"VUPNBUJD5SBOTNJTTJPO Ů‘4QFFE"VUPNBUJD5SBO OR

%

BI-WEEKLY

APR

+

THE ALL-NEW 2014

THE ALL-NEW 2014

HWY (M/T): 5.3L/100KM CITY (M/T): 8.0L/100KM

WIN IT

WIN IT

Ů‘,FZMFTT&OUSZ

Ů‘)FBUFE'SPOU4FBUT

ّ#MVFUPPUI°

Ů‘'MFY4UFFSTM

Ů‘4BUFMMJUF3BEJP

PAY P AY

SPRING

Bi-weekly for 60 months, amortized over 84 months with $0 DOWN PAYMENT. Offer includes delivery, destination and fees. Offer based on 2014 Sorento 2.4L LX AT FWD with a p p purchase price of $28,482.

¤

Ů‘,FZMFTT&OUSZ

OR

OWN IT FOR ONLY

DON’T

HWY (M/T): 6.2L/100KM CITY (M/T): 9.4L/100KM

Ů‘)FBUFE'SPOU4FBUT

OR Ů‘4UFFSJOH8IFFM.PVOUFE"VEJP$POUSPMT

OWN IT FROM Bi-weekly for 60 months, AT amortized over 84 4 months ďż˝ with $0 DOWN PAYMENT. delivery, Offer includes de destination and fees. Offer based on 2014 Sorento 2.4L LX AT FWD with a purchase price of $28,482. UNTIL

156 0

$

Forte SX shownďż˝

13,502 125 0 +

$

ďż˝

$

OWN IT FROM

BI-WEEKLY

INCLUDES

4,000

$

‥ CASH

SAVINGS

AT

ďż˝

APR

%

DON’T

PAY P AY UNTIL

SPRING

¤

Bi-weekly for 84 months with $0 DOWN PAYMENT. Offer includes delivery, destination, fees and $750 LOAN SAVINGS. Offer based on 2014 Rondo LX MT with a purchase price of $23,482.

Offer includes delivery, destination, fees and $4,000 CASH SAVINGS‥ . Offer based on 2014 Forte Sedan LX MT with a purchase price of $17,502.

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

Proud Partner of

*5-year/100,000 km worry-free comprehensive warranty.

Offer(s) available on select new 2014 models through participating dealers to qualiďŹ ed customers who take delivery by December 2, 2013. Dealers may sell or lease for less. Some conditions apply. See dealer for complete details. All offers are subject to change without notice. Vehicles shown may include optional accessories and upgrades available at extra cost. All pricing includes delivery and destination fees up to $1,665, other fees and certain levies (including tire levies) and $100 A/C charge (where applicable) and excludes licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes and variable dealer administration fees (up to $699). Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and ďŹ nancing options also available. **0% purchase ďŹ nancing is available on select new 2013/2014 Kia models O.A.C. Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for complete details. ďż˝ “Don’t Pay Until Springâ€? offer (180-day payment deferral) applies to purchase ďŹ nancing on select new 2014 models. No interest will accrue during the ďŹ rst 150 days of the ďŹ nance contract. After this period, interest accrues and the purchaser will repay both the principal and interest monthly over the contract’s term. ďż˝Bi-weekly ďŹ nance payment O.A.C. for new 2014 Sorento 2.4L LX AT FWD (SR75BE)/2014 Rondo LX MT (RN551E) based on a selling price of $28,482/$23,482 is $156/$125 with an APR of 0% for 60/84 months, amortized over an 84-month period. Estimated remaining principal balance of $8,138/$0 plus applicable taxes due at end of 60-month period. Offer includes loan savings of $0/$750. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. ďż˝Cash purchase price for the new 2014 Forte LX MT (FO541E) is $13,502 and includes a cash savings of $4,000 (which is deducted from the negotiated selling price before taxes and cannot be combined with special lease and ďŹ nance offers). Retailer may sell for less. ‥$4,000 cash savings on the cash purchase of an eligible new 2014 Forte LX MT (FO541E) from a participating dealer between November 1-December 2, 2013, is deducted from the selling price before taxes and cannot be combined with special lease and ďŹ nance offers including the “Don’t Pay Until Springâ€? offer. Some conditions apply. ďż˝NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Phase 1: the mail-in entry period for phase I begins on October 29, 2013, at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on November 27, 2013, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. The vehicle purchase entry period for phase I begins on November 1, 2013, at the start of regular business hours at participating Kia dealerships in Canada and ends at the close of regular business hours at participating dealerships on November 30, 2013. Phase 2: the mail-in entry period for phase 2 begins on November 26, 2013, at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on December 26, 2013, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. The vehicle purchase entry period for phase 2 begins on December 1, 2013, at the start of regular business hours at participating dealerships and ends at the close of regular business hours at participating dealerships on December 30, 2013. Open to age-of-majority residents of Canada. 60 Prizes (30 attributed to Phase 1 and 30 attributed to Phase 2), each consisting of a cheque that may range in value from $15,350 to $46,859. Odds of winning a Phase 1 Prize depend on the number of eligible Phase 1 Entries received before the applicable Phase 1 Draw Date. Odds of winning a Phase 2 Prize depend on the number of eligible Phase 2 Entries received before the applicable Phase 2 Draw Date. Skill-testing question required. For full contest rules and no-purchase entry details, visit www.kia.ca. ďż˝Model shown Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for 2014 Sorento 3.3L EX AT AWD (SR75HE)/2014 Forte SX (FO748E)/2014 Rondo EX Luxury (RN756E) is $34,195/$26,195/$32,195. ďż˝Highway/city fuel consumption is based on the 2014 Sorento LX 2.4L GDI 4-cyl (A/T)/2014 Forte 1.8L MPI 4-cyl (M/T)/2014 Rondo 2.0L GDI 4-cyl (M/T). These updated estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of printing. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Kia is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.

D.L. #30911

250-276-1200 WWW.PENTICTONKIA.COM

D001913224

ON THE SPOT FINANCING


Enterprise S6 insight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Business ~ Profiles ~ Columns

‘I am passionate about helping patients to stay on top of their golf game’ — Robinder Gill Calgary. Understanding that pain should never keep you from doing what you love most, said Gill, who has advanced his training in treatment golf injuries

By Rajeshwari Rajimwale

R

obinder (Robin) Gill, owner of North Kamloops Physiotherapy, believes that research is important before making any major decisions in life.

“We specialize in intramuscular stimulation (IMS),” said Gill. “This technique helps relieve chronic pain. By using fine acupuncture-type needles, our physiotherapist can treat tight, shortened and tensed-up muscle bands, which can contribute to abnormal functioning of the nervous system.”

Born and raised in Chandigarh, India, Gill completed his bachelor’s degree at University of Kolkatta, India. Immediately after his graduation, Gill worked for a year in Punjab before moving to Australia to complete his master’s in orthopedics (specialization in sports injuries). “After completing my education in Australia, I decided to move to Canada,” said Gill. “I came to Canada in 2001 and took up a job at Lethbridge Hospital. From 2003-2011, I worked in Edmonton in a private practice.” He bought the North Kamloops Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2011.

ROBINDER GILL ATTRIBUTES HIS SUCCESS TO DEDICATION AND HARD WORK.

“At this point, I thought I was ready to put my 14 years’ experience in physiotherapy by purchasing something I can call my business,” said Gill. “I am passionate about helping patients to stay on top

of their golf game.” Gill has also learned advanced assessment and rehabilitation techniques for golf-related injuries from FITforeGOLF Institute in

Gill says dedication and hard work are the two pillars of his success, but he feels along with these two, research is imperative. “I had my whole career path wellplanned,” said Gill. “I would like to advise people who plan to migrate to Canada, to do your research about your career and scope for a job well in advance. Sometimes its not meant to be for everyone.”

BACK ON YOUR FEET Combining in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills, we assess, diagnose and treat a variety of symptoms. Whether illness, injury or disability, we strive for your independence from pain and discomfort. With your independence in mind, a physiotherapist’s goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being. Physiotherapists, who can be considered movement specialists, prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises and provide essential education about the body, what keeps it from moving well, how to restore mobility and how to avoid bodily harm.

Professional | Reliable | Prompt

We Provide:

• 24/7 Service • Delivery Services • Roadside Assistance & Jump Start • Airport Services • Train & Bus Depot Taxi Transportation • Out Of Town Trips

Call Kami Cabs 250.374.9999 Toll Free

1-888-526-9663 Online Booking also available.

Wheelchair Cabs Available

D001912262

Proud to serve this great community since 1973


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 insight S7

All shoppers will be entered into a draw for...

A TRIP FOR TWO TO LAS VEGAS!

D O N P A E R N G I N E G G U H sale! UP TO 50% OFF

OFFERING OKANAGAN SHOPPERS NEVER BEFORE SEEN PRICES!

ND NAME A R B F O S E L Y T S TRENDS AND T S E T A L ED PRICES! E E T H T N A S R R A E F U F G O T S M E J M ES AT THE LOW S S E R T T A M D N A FURNITURE We carry brand names such as: Aico Furniture, Aspen Home, Casana by Palliser, Cheers Leather & Motion Furniture Elite Sofa Design, Leather Italia, Mako Solid Wood Furniture, Palliser, Pulaski, Restonic Mattresses, Spring Air Mattresses, Springwall Mattresses, Stylus, Sunny Designs and many more!

#101 - 1912 SPALL ROAD

250.762.3155

/JagsMJM

/JagsMJM

Hours: Open 7 days a week: Mon.-Wed. 10am-6pm / Thurs.-Fri. 10 am-7 pm / Sat. 10 am-6 pm / Sun. 11 am-5 pm

Making brand name furniture affordable since 1987.

D001913796

www.jagsmjm.com


S8 insight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Enterprise

Financial planning for families Y

ou may even have set up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child — and that’s always a good savings strategy — but you might not be taking full advantage of the benefits of your RESP or have all the info you need to access other savings and grant options that can significantly add to your child’s education nest egg. So here’s a quick rundown of the educational funding issues and options for disabled children.

to continue contributing to your child’s RESP and enjoy the considerable added value that comes from the magic of compounding inside a tax-deferred plan. Government sources of educational funding When a disabled child is ready for college or university, they may qualify for the Canada Study and/or Access Grants funded by the Government of Canada. They may also be eligible for assistance from provincial bursary programs. p The Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation of Students with Permanent Disabilities can provide up to $8,000 per loan year to help pay for exceptional educationrelated costs associated with a disability.

The Basics of an RESP Taxes on the earnings inside an RESP are payable in the hands of the child and are deferred until the child withdraws the money while attending a post-secondary institution. Currently, a lifetime maximum of $50,000 can be contributed per child. An RESP also offers the added incentive of “free” government money in the form of the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) program that provides a minimum 20 per cent top-up grant to the first $2,500 contributed each year and could add as much as $7,200 in extra capital over time. Additional grants may also be available to RESP holders through the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) and various provincial programs. The added value of an RESP for a disabled child An RESP for a disabled beneficiary who is

eligible for the disability tax credit must be collapsed at the end of the 40th year after it was started. This means that you have five extra years

p A Financial Aid Directory is available through the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) www.neads.ca. Other investment options You need every advantage you can get when saving to help your children pay for a postsecondary education. Consider non-registered investment strategies that can deliver important savings beyond RESPs. p Most people think of life insurance as basic financial protection for loved ones but a universal life insurance policy can also help fund your child’s education.

p The Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is awarded to students with permanent disabilities who have demonstrated financial need.

p A properly structured age 40 trust can be an effective means of accumulating capital for education. With this strategy, it is important to keep in mind government assistance guidelines.

p Contact your provincial student aid authority to find out more about programs available in your province.

p Tax-advantaged mutual funds and monthly income portfolios are mutual fund options for education savings.

Scholarships, awards and bursaries

It’s important to put educational and financial plans in place as early as possible. We can help establish a welldesigned program that will consider the many available options, help your children to reach their full potential and help you to achieve your hopes for their future.

To further complement education savings, investigate the many scholarships, awards and bursaries available through non-governmental associations and the schools themselves.

Surander Singh

p Contact the Awards office at your college or university of choice.

p Associations such as the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada offer awards.

Surander Singh is a financial consultant with the Investors Group.

PHYSIOTHERAPY Are you suffering with chronic shoulder, neck or back pain? Have you tried IMS (intra-muscular stimulation)?

D001768093

Welcome Nevaeh!

Contact Registered Physio Therapists

Robinder (Robin) Gill • Monica Makar • Ricardina (Rita) Jara

North Kamloops Physiotherapy Clinic

We also treat ICBC, Worksafe BC clients and sports injuries

550 Tranquille Road • 250-376-1141

Email: nkamloopsphysio@gmail.com • www.northkamloopsphysiotherapy.com Appointments available at Merritt

Some evenings and Saturdays available.

LOWEST PRICES IN TOWN AVAILABLE HERE! Buy any Lottery and ¢ PER LITRE

SAVE 5 ON FUEL D001925828

for every dollar spent

¢ 99 ¢ ¢

SAVE 5 /¢7 UP TO 12 PER LITRE ask inside for details

SAVE $ and get BONUS store PETRO POINTS with-in specials

5

COUPON OFFER

SAVE 1090 Westminster Penticton

OPEN 5am - Midnight - 1090 Westminster Avenue - Penticton

¢

PER LITRE

With minimum $5 in-store purchase. Valid not until MarchValid 31,until 2014March 31, 2014 Tobacco and Lottery included.

D001913797

Any sized Coffee or Hot Cappuccino

Nav & Aj Nijjer are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Nevaeh Nasib Nijjer, born on October 22,, 2013

OFFERS AVAILABLE AT THIS LOCATION ONLY.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 insight S9

ENTERPRISE

44th International Wine & Spirits Competition, London, May p Silver — 2011 LH Viognier, 2010 Pinot Gris p Bronze — 2009 Zweigelt 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships, May p Double Gold — 2009 Dostana Merlot p Bronze — 2011 3 Cru Wanderlust, 2010 3 Cru Traveller 2013 Decanter, May p Bronze — 2010 Gewürztraminer p Commended — 2010 Pinot Gris Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, New York, March p Silver — 2010 Gewürztraminer, 2010 Riesling, 2010 Pinot Gris, 2011 3Cru Wanderlust p Bronze — 2010 Dostana Riesling, 2010 Harmony White, 2011 LH Viognier, 2009 Zweigelt

Organic campaigner Kalala winery meeting increasing demand for organic wine in India By Rajeshwari Rajimwale

K

alala Organic Estate Winery is on the Upper Bench of scenic West Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Founded by Karnail Singh Sidhu, Kalala has been making award-winning wine since 2006. Kalala Organic Estate Winery derives its name from a legend of a village in India. The story says that long ago, in Northern Bharat, India, farmers were tending to their animals when they came across a wolf and lamb sitting together in a beautiful valley. This peaceful coexistence was so inspiring, that they moved their village to this very spot, in hopes that the same harmony would be reflected in their village, and named it “Miracle Place,” or “Kalala” in Punjabi. Karnail Singh Sidhu, proprietor and managing director of Kalala Organic Estate Winery, felt that this was reflective of the Okanagan Valley and his pursuit to grow grapes in harmony with nature. So in a tribute to his hometown, he named the winery after this miraculous place. Kalala Organic Estate Winery is one among the pioneers in exporting B.C. organic wine to India. “Wine culture in India has changed over the years,” said Sidhu. “I have been doing research in this field since 2003. At that point, wine was not so much in

Media in India has helped in generating the awareness and bringing about the change.” In the past, Sidhu has worked in various roles — at packaging houses, in wineries throughout the Okanagan region and in orchards. “My family background and knowledge has been always useful,” said Sidhu. “But I really worked hard when I came to Canada. It was all the efforts and experience I gained here that helped me in the winery.” Kalala winery also has been in the news for manufacturing organic wine.

demand. Wine was initially considered a drink mostly for women. But I saw a drastic change in the wine scene during 2009-11, when I attended the Mumbai and Bengaluru Wine Festival.” B.C. Premier Christy Clark formally introduced organic wines and wines from Kalala Organic Estate Winery at a ceremony in Bengaluru, as a part of her trade mission to China and India. “When I was back in India, I always saw hard liquor being commonly used,” said Sidhu. “But after I attended the Bangalore International Wine Festival 2011, I was really impressed by the demand for wine in India. The younger generation and upper middle class are more interested in wine.

Organic viticulture is defined as the application of organic agriculture practices to produce grapes and wines of the best possible quality. Organic viticulture focuses on the use of natural processes wherever possible for nutrient production and recycling, as well as pest, disease and weed management. “In an organic vineyard, grapevines and other plant species grow in much harmony by supplementing each other’s nutrient needs and hosting beneficial pests,” said Sidhu. “Kalala organic vineyards are micromanaged for crop canopy, soil fertility, pest and disease control to maximize the quality and the healthiness of the organically produced wine grapes.”

D001912259

Wine awards won in 2013


Life & Culture S10 insight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Entertainment ~ Food ~ Fashion ~ Celebrations ~ Health & Wellness

Family

Ties

“It is just the right time to bring up a small family” — Jack Nijjer You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. — Desmond Tutu

T

he Nijjer family is exemplary of classic Indian joint family system. A young man leaves behind his country, family and friends to a foreign land to pursue his dreams. Jasvinder Nijjer was born in Domeli province of Punjab, India. He came to Canada (Kamloops, specifically) in 1976, while his entire family stayed in India. The task was not easy — new country, different language and culture and, to top it all, the loneliness. But this did not stop Jasvinder from fulfilling his dreams.

Family ties: (l to R) Ranbir, Monique, simer and jack nijjer below : jack and Jasvinder Nijjer

It’s a story of courage, dedication and hard work. It’s a story about two brothers Jaswinder and Jagdip Nijjer.

us. In most of the businesses, we seldom hired people. We were mostly supported by family members. “

After reaching Canada, Jasvinder’s first job was at Canadian National Railway Company. He eventually married Balbir Nijjer and accepted the land as his own. But the only thing that made him feel incomplete was the rest of his family in India. Family has always been a priority for him. In 1982, he managed to bring his entire family — parents, two sisters and younger brother Jagdip (Jack) Nijjer.

After completing his course, Jack got his first job was with the forestry industry. In no time he got a second job with Canada Post driving a courier van. “I started working with Canada Post in 1986 and still to this

date, I am working with them on a contract basis,” said Jack. In 1993, the two brothers started their own real estate business. In 1995, they obtained a franchise for Robin’s Donuts at North Shore and Valleyview locations. “In the past few years, we have undertaken a lot of different initiatives,” added Jack. “But the best part was during the tough times, it was our family that stood with

Spring Travel Ltd. All Inclusive Mexico

www.springtravels.ca Abbotsford f d

110-2777 Gladwin Road 604-556-4000

G Y T E D B A RY & J U G G O PER A D A ND T WO SON’S E N W O IS A ND H

India, China, Las Vegas

IN SEARCH OF ARRIVED THE ULTIMATE BREAK. DEPARTED HAVING FOUND PARADISE.

Surrey

BPCPA-62512

106-12877 8th Ave 604-501-4040

They say behind every successful man there is a woman. Jack got married in 1990 to Simer Nijjer. Simer has been the support system for him at home and work. “We are a family respecting each other,” said Jack. “For 27 years me and my brother stayed together. Not many families do this. I respect the idea of Indian joint family system.”

b n Pu u R ily ore Fam quor St i LIWAL & L N DH A S AWA R Y

D001912298

Cruise Specials

Sun Star Shuttles, a family-operated and owned business, operates local bus services and is the exclusive transportation for Sun Peaks Resort. It provides door-to-door airport shuttle and bus service and it has modern, luxurious and well-kept buses, motorcoaches and window vans.

Come in & Experience our Laid Back Friendly Atmosphere

Your home for great drinks, amazing food, big screen sports and the best service in town! et to tell your on’t forg nd d a . . .

Friends –Pub & Liquor Store– 2210 Boucherie Rd., West Kelowna

250 769 4757 • friendspub.ca

ars

es s Ca mou

Fa

Try the Famous “Friends” Caesar

PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER THE OKANAGAN TO ENJOY IT

D001917337

After trying his hands at a few jobs, Jack realized that it was in his best interest to upgrade his education for better job opportunities. “It was not an easy task to get a job in Canada,” said Jack Nijjer. “I had to join an ESL course to update my language skills and to eliminate any barriers.”

The Nijjer family has a strong background in transportation. “In India, my grandfather and father worked in the transportation sector,” said Jack. “This is our third generation venturing into this business.”


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 insight S11

Life & Culture

Seattle offers visits everything from seaside piers and large parks to museums and a gritty urban scene. The ‘Emerald City’ is also a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

U.S. travel destination

SEATTLE

‘Emerald city’ a reflection of diversity By Larkin Schmiedl

T

he Pacific Northwest is known for its rainforests, its laid-back people and its coffee. The Emerald City, otherwise known as Seattle, is the hub in the centre of it. Built on a peninsula in Puget Sound, the oceanside city is home to more than half a million people, as well as a wide variety of museums, outdoor activities, shopping and sports to keep anyone entertained no matter what their interests. Located three hours south of Vancouver, with the Olympic mountains to the west and the Cascades to the east, Seattle is a city made up of many neighbourhoods. From seaside piers to old cobblestone, large parks, posh areas, down-to-earth neighbourhoods and the gritty urban scene, the city reflects a diversity of influences. The top two Seattle tourists attractions are the Pike Place market and the original Starbucks. Both are downtown. The year-round Pike Place market is nine acres, and has been around for longer than a century. Home to more than 200 businesses, 190 craftspeople and about 100 farmers, more than 10 million visitors visit it annually. The iconic Space Needle is another way to get a higher-up vantage point on the city. Seattle is full of interesting architecture, including the library and the Experience Music Project, a colourful asymmetrical rounded metal building that houses a rock ’n’ roll museum with a special Jimi Hendrix exhibit. For those who like museums, there’s the interactive Pacific Science Centre as well as the

Science Fiction Museum, which is home to the sci-fi hall of fame. For art lovers there is the renowned Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum in the Central District. The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is the only Asian Pacific American museum in the U.S. One fun way to get to know more about the city is to take the Underground Tour. When else does a visitor get to go underneath a city to where the city used to exist? The streets in today’s Seattle sit up to 22 feet above the original street levels. After the Great Fire of 1889, storefronts and sidewalks were encased underground when Seattle rebuilt itself on top of itself. Home to the University of Washington, as well as a vibrant music scene, Seattle is also home to Microsoft, and Boeing’s aircraft assembly plants. One good way to get to know the city is by bicycle. But watch out for the hills — they are steep and plentiful. Another way to take in Seattle is by leaving for a bit, by boat. Washington State Ferries runs a couple of ferries out of Seattle, one to nearby Bainbridge Island, which is perfect to explore for half a day. Visitors can take another ferry to Bremerton, which provides access to the Olympic peninsula with its many hikes and explorations. In wintertime, Seattle can be wet, but Mount Rainier provides the opportunity to snowshoe and ski. Those wishing to make an escape from snowy winter weather might even find a feeling of spring fever in the warmer coastal winter. It’s very green. Seattle can be reached by car, by rail (Amtrak), by boat from Victoria, or by plane to SeattleTacoma International Airport.

Seattle is home to a variety of interesting architecture, including the Seattle Central Library, above, and the Experience Music Project, below.


S12 insight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

BIGGESTSALE

THE

IN NORTH AMERICA!

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29 9AM - 9PM 12 HOURS OF INCREDIBLE SAVINGS!

EVENT

NO INTEREST โ€ข NO PAYMENTS โ€ข UNTIL 2015 โ€ข ON FURNITURE & MATTRESSES NEVER TURN FRENCH PILLOWTOP

STEA AM PAIR R

BUY 3 KITCHEN APPLIANCES GET THE OTR

$

299

sv%COTEXFOAMs3TRETCHKNITFABRICs%DGEGUARDSSUPPORT  %COT

KING SIZE 3!6).'3

FRONT LOAD WASHER & DRYER

See your local store for details

% 50OFF $599

REGULAR PRICE

$1198

$599

KING SET

CASH & CARRY

RECLINING SOFA

1299

$

1799

$

899

499

$

28.5 tom 26 cu. ft. French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator s4WINCOOLINGSYS-

TEMMULTI AIRmOWs&ULLWIDTHPANTRYDRAWER s,%$LIGHTING3UPERIORICEPRODUCTION

$

624TECHNOLOGYs0URECYCLE

$579

RECLINING CHAIR

sCYCLESTEMPLEVELSs 3TEAMREFRESHHELPSREMOVE ODORSANDFRESHENSCLOTHESs 3TEAMWRINKLERELAXESCLOTHES TOREDUCEIRONING

ft. s)NTERNALWATERHEATERs

PLACESETTINGCAPACITY 3TAINLESSSTEELTUB(IDDEN HEATER(ARDFOODDISPOSER

CERAMICGLASSCOOK TOPs4RUE CONVECTIONs3TEAM1UICK MIN CLEANTIME

$399

Storage drawers optional

Steam Washer 4.1 cu. Steam Dryer 7.3 cu. ft.

Stainless ess es sS Steell TallTall llTub Built-in Dishwasher

30โ€ Convection ction Self-Clean Self Selflf Clea Clean n Range 5.9 cu. ft. sELEMENT

PAIR P A

RECLINING LOVE SEAT

3pc. Reclining Sofa Set

*Sold as sets

'30/5-0"%8"4)&3%3:&345&".1"*3

)0.&"11-*"/$&4

249

$

1588

$

PAIR

5BMM5VC#VJMUJO %JTIXBTIFS t5SJQMFรถMUFSXBTI tIPVSEFMBZTUBSU

2 Piece"MTP"WBJMBCMF3JHIU)BOE$IBJTF Sectional with Chaise $899 Storage drawers optional

678

479

$

$

349 

$

&BTZ$MFBO&MFDUSJD 3BOHFDVGU t-BSHFPWFODBQBDJUZ t4UPSBHFESBXFS

DVGU5PQ.PVOU 18 3FGSJHFSBUPS(with optional ice maker) tTQJMMTBWFSย™HMBTTTIFMWFT t%BJSZESBXFSEFMJDFOUSF

.BYJNB)&DVGU 4UFBN%SZFS t$PNNFSDJBMUFDIOPMPHZ t*OUFSJPSMJHIUXBZWFOUJOH tESZJOHDZDMFTPQUJPOT

.BYJNBDVGU $BQBDJUZ*&$4UFBN8BTIFS t1PXFSXBTIFS31. tIPVSGSFTITQJO t4UFBNGPSTUBJOT

.PDIB

'30/5-0"%8"4)&3%3:&3 8BTIFSDVGU tXBTIDZDMFTUFNQT t31. tUSBZEJTQFOTFS

#PUUPN.PVOU   # UU . U 3FGSJHFSBUPSXJUI'SFF[FS#BTLFU t(BMMPOEPPSTUPSBHF t'VMMXJEUIBEKVTUBCMFTIFMWFT

$

898

%SZFSDVGU t%SZJOHDZDMFTUFNQT t&MFDUSPOJDDPOUSPMTXJUI cycle indicator

PAIR

$399

#MBDL

HALF PRICE

YOUR CHOICE

Storage drawers optional

499

$

COMPLIMENT TOP

4HIS3EALY0OSTUREPEDIC#LASSICMODELFEATURES our patented orthopedically correct support and is designed to last for years and years. Now with our EXCLUSIVE5NICASED&OAM%DGE3UPPORTยˆSIMPLYTHE best edge support in the industry.

QUEEN SETS

KITCHEN APPLIANCES GET THE OTR

129

$

60โ€

$

479

$

See your local store for details

Also available in stainless steel $ 60โ€ FULL HD LED TV

60โ€ $1699

58โ€

50โ€

sP8 s'AME-ODE s($-))NPUTS 2EAR 3IDE s0#6'! 53" )NPUTS s-ODEL,

499

Tall Tub ub Stainless Stee Steell Dishwasher sPLACESETTINGCAPACITYsWASHCYCLES OPTIONSs3TAINLESSSTEELTUBs Sani-rinse option

749

$

30โ€ Self-Clean n Range 5 5.3 3 cu cu. ft c ft. t s!CCU"AKEยง&ANCONVECTIONs 3TEAM#LEANOPTIONs%XTRALARGE window

$119

550โ€ $699

9

22 cu. ft. French ch h Door D Refrigerator sADJUSTABLESPILLGUARD

v3!,%02)#%&2/!5'NDTO!5'TH

558โ€ $1099

SHELVESs&ULLWIDTHPANTRYWITHTEMPCONTROLSs#LEARADJUSTABLEGALLONDOORBINS

1

KAMLOOPS

250.372.7999 "WE DON'T SELL - WE HELP YOU BUY!"

1350 Hillside Dr.

179

479

$

tXBTIDZDMFTPQUJPOT tE#"o2VJFUFTUJOJUTDMBTT t&YDMVTJWFPWFSGMPXMFBLQSPUFDUJPO

50โ€ & 58โ€ Full HD LED TV 120Hz

COIL MATTRESSES!

Double

Tall Tub Dishwasher

s!QUOSULTRABRILLANTLED FULL($ PX 'ENPANELs3MARTCENTRALn9OUTUBE.ETmIXnINSTANTSTREAMING IX INSTANT STREAMING s"UILTINWI ln$.,! AND)0CONTROL s  DYNAMICCONTRASTnSPLITSCREENFORWATCHINGSPORTSANDSURlNGTHENET sHZnlNEMOTIONENHANCED SUPERFASTREFRESHRATEsv,#,%

$

159

$

299

Single

Queen

BROOKWOOD Great ๏ฌrm feel, featuring Droptop pillowtop, reinforced heavy duty coil support system and High density foams. 10 year warranty, BC made

$599

D001912306

BUY 3

QUEEN QUEE N SET S DOUBLE & KING SIZES ALSO ON SALE

VERNON

SALMON ARM

PRINCE GEORGE

5401 Anderson Way

1160 10 Ave. SW

1303 - 3rd. Ave.

250.549.3121

250.832.9770

250.564.1234

Insight November 2013  

With Diwali coming right before Christmas, it’s an easy time for Indo-Canadians to ease into another holiday before the Canadian New Year b...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you