Leadership

 

Founders

 
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Naveen Girn

Naveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and award winning curator whose practice centers on fostering intergenerational and intercultural dialogue in Metro Vancouver. Naveen has worked on exhibitions for: the Museum of Vancouver, the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Museum, New Westminster Museum and Archives, Centre A Asian Art Gallery, and Royal BC Museum. He was Project Manager for the multi-institutional 1914-2014: Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies, and Echoescentennial commemoration and he curated Simon Fraser University’s definitive online exhibition for the Komagata Maru Episode.  Naveen works to curate exhibitions and public programs that provide marginalized voices a space to be heard.

 
 
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Anne Murphy

Anne Murphy (Ph.D. Columbia) is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC and in 2016-7 a Wall Scholar with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Her current research explores modern Punjabi language advocacy and cultural production in India, Pakistan, and beyond, and the early modern history of Punjabi as a language (see: http://asia.ubc.ca/persons/anne-murphy/). Previous research resulted in a monograph, The Materiality of the Past: History and Representation in Sikh Tradition (Oxford, 2012), which explored Sikh memory and historical consciousness, and a thematically related edited volume entitled Time, History, and the Religious Imaginary in South Asia (Routledge, 2011). Dr. Murphy has built an extensive program of public engagement and community-based learning in the Punjabi Studies program at UBC; results of her class-based oral history program and her related research initiatives are available online at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/punjabisikhstudies.

 
 
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Raghavendra Rao K.V

Raghavendra Rao K.V graduated from Ken School of Art in Bangalore, India in 1990. He has taken part in several residencies including: Còmhla – International Artists’ Workshop, Scotland, PARTage – International Artists’ workshop in Mauritius, and ‘Ten Years Ten Artists’ – Residency and group show at Gasteatelier Krone, Switzerland. In 2014, his paintings were exhibited in the curated show ‘Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru’ at Surrey Art Gallery, BC. Prior to coming to Canada he was a core faculty member for fourteen years at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, one of India’s leading Art and Design institutes.

 
 
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Milan Singh

Milan Singh (Ph.D., Communication Studies) works at Simon Fraser University, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities. Her research areas include the bombing of Air India Flight 182, South Asian Canadian history, and media representations of race and gender. Milan was a lead researcher on SFU’s Komagata Maru Journey digital archive project, and has presented her research on the Air India tragedy and the Komagata Maru at over a dozen academic conferences. She has spoken on several community panels, and has also co-curated events and consulted on projects related to these topics.

 
 
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Paneet Singh

Paneet Singh is a writer/director for film and theatre, and is currently an Instructor in the Theatre Department at Arts Umbrella. From 2009 to 2012, Paneet served as the Artistic Director for the annual variety show, Nihaal. In 2015, he co-organized multiple events focused around Sikh and South Asian history, including the Mewa Singh Centennial Commemoration, and the Sant Teja Singh Sikh History Tour. In 2016, he wrote and directed the site-specific stageplay, The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson staged at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

 
 
 

Board of Directors

 
 
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Navkiran Brar

Navkiran Brar (Secretary) is a community member who is passionate about promoting a healthy mental and social life for all individuals; while most of her work focuses on fostering self-esteem and self-worth within women and children. She has predominately worked with not-for-profit organizations, and has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for four years. For several years Navkiran was a camp counsellor and camp organizer for Kaurs United International, and also volunteered with Battered Women’s Support Services. She currently co-facilitates a South Asian Women’s Support Group with a local not-for-profit.

 
 
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Sonny Dhillon

Sonny Dillon (Treasurer) received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from BCIT in 2007 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2010.  Sonny was employed as a manager at one of Canada’s leading national accounting firms before starting his own firm, Intel CPA. Sonny has over 10 years of experience working in the accounting and auditing field.  Sonny has a passion for community involvement/engagement and has also served on the Board of other not for profit organizations in the past as well. Sonny’s primary focus is providing assurance – audit and review engagement services to not-for-profit organizations and private enterprises. Sonny also provides value added tax planning solutions including estate planning services – family trusts, holdings company set up and estate freeze.

 
 

Sarbjit Kaur Randhawa

Sarbjit Kaur Randhawa (Chair) is the Indic Librarian at University of British Columbia’s Asian Library where she has been serving for the past twelve years. She graduated from SLAIS, UBC with CAS in 2005 and joined the Asian Library that same year. Sarbjit is also a Graduate from Guru Nanak Dev University with three Master degrees including Master in Library and Information science (MLIS), Master in Religious Studies, and M.A. in Punjabi. She is fluent in various Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu. Along with her co-researcher Aditi Gupta of the University of Victoria Libraries, Sarbjit is the recipient of American Library Association Diversity Research Grant-2015-16. Their research is based on exploring library perceptions, reading habits and library usage of the South Asian population in BC. She was also awarded the prestigious 2014 Mohinder Singh Randhawa award for promoting and sharing Punjabi language and culture, and preserving its collections through her community-outreach and library services. Sarbjit has passion for poetry and many of her poems have been published in several newspapers and magazines.