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Acknowledgement Canadian Ramgarhia Society on September 7th, 2012 has completed a journey of 40 years. The Society began with 30 to 40 families, which had no community place of its own to call a home. Executive Committee generally rented community halls and school auditoriums for holding religious functions, social gatherings and general meetings. It was a great challenge for the Executive Committee through out those years to stay connected with the membership and grow as a Community. The Sikh heritage and willingness for community service kept the Society officials involved. They crossed all hurdles that came in their path. No doubt, these hurdles could have thrown them out of the track. The hard work and will to grow bonded them together and gave them the courage to fulfill the wishes that founding members had dreamed of. The journey started almost with limited resources and after completing 40 years, the society has assets worth millions of dollars and thousands of patrons benefiting from facilities provided through Gurdwara Sahib Brookside. It was unimaginable to construct a project of this size in 2004 when the land was purchased. Banks refused to fund the whole amount for the construction but promised to do so later on after the completion. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of some members, they never let the project stop for lack of funds. During construction almost three Million dollars were raised through debentures. The members gave funds for loan with open heart. Some of the loans were interest free and others bore some interest. Some of the member borrowed personal funds and lent it to the society. To lend the money without any security was commendable. In the General Meeting of December 10th, 2006 it was suggested to celebrate the 40th, Anniversary in 2012. It is indeed an honor to document important steps in the history of the Society and persons who imprinted them through the course of 40 years. Some of them have left us for heavenly abode but I am sure they would have been equally happy, as we are, to see today’s outcome. In preparing this pamphlet I have relied on Canadian Ramgarhia Society minute books, correspondence filed in Registrar’s Office in Victoria, personal notes and records kept for years. On behalf of Executive Committee of Canadian Ramgarhia Society, I would like to express my sincere thanks to those who worked hard, walked along, and moved the society forward and closer to its goal. On the 40th anniversary of the Society, we acknowledge those, who sow the seed, nourished it and watched it grow. Today, we enjoy its fruit. Surindar Singh Jabal Public Relations 40th anniversary (1972-2012)

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September 7th, 2012 canadian ramgarhia society

Canadian Ramgarhia Society 40th Anniversary Book  

Canadian Ramgarhia Society 40th Anniversary Book