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Asian Star-Balbir Singh Kular

Native village/Country, parent’s background:
I hail from an internationally acclaimed village Sansarpur (Nursery of International Field Hockey players & an origin of fourteen Olympians). My father served Indian Army as JCO and mother was stay home mum.
Your early education:
I did Masters in History, Diploma in Physical Education and obtained certification of Field Hockey Coach from National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, Punjab.
When & why you came to Canada?
I immigrated to Canada in1988 on the sponsorship of my daughter under family stream.
Your career advancement initiatives and present occupation:
On entering Canada, I devoted myself to community work. I am President (Second time) of Millwoods Society of Retired & Semi-Retired, Edmonton and have been on Board of the same for numerous years.
Your regret in life:
I walked, talked and chalked Field Hockey whole of my life and played on University/State level. However, early death of my Dad deprived me from an opportunity to play on National level.
Pick any one of your the best achievements:
Field Hockey got me lots of recognition. I beam with pride and an eternal satisfaction that four Olympians who were lucky enough to make an International dent had played under my captainship in early years.
Were you ever discriminated?
Never ever.
What you miss in Canada?
Both my son and daughter are in Edmonton along with their families. I have nothing to miss.
Are you happy in Canada?
Canada is heaven to Senior Citizens. Unmatched Health Care System and an abundant facilities are boon and surely contribute to the longevity. Old Age Security pension enable our seniors to enjoy both the worlds.
Any comments on Canada’s weather:
All said and done, winters are definitely harsh. You do feel the shock of your life when you land here. However, you get acclimatized with the passage of time. Also, seniors travel back home in winters which enable them to avoid bone chilling cold.
Any comments on Canada’s culture
Openness of Western world can make or mar our kids’ future. Youth need lots of restraint to stay focussed. Parental and Grandparental control is definitely needed in early forming years. Yes, we should tackle our wards with care and love. Whole world is in for humongous cultural upheaval. We must combat this change head on.
Are you willing to help new comers?
I contribute my bit in the best possible way I can. Western community strongly believe in giving back to society by way of volunteerism. I am already part of this process.
Your message for Canadians of Asian origin:
Our society motto is “aging with grace & dignity” and I practise and preach the same. We seniors should be role model to coming generations. Those are blessed homes where grand kids enjoy the company and blessings of Grandparents. At the same time, seniors should not be burden and encroach upon their day to day lives. Modernization and digitalization has evolved an altogether different world. We should be convinced about our wisdom and should not provide uncalled for advice. Sports shape our youth and every parent should spare their time to get their kids involved. Sportsmanship is not about being winner all the time. We should accept win or defeat with equal enthusiasm and humbleness.

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