I hail from Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Your Early Education
I completed Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication from Guru Nanak Dev University Regional Campus, Jalandhar.
When & Why You came to Canada
I moved to Canada in 2012 to join my in-laws’ family.
Your career advancement initiatives, volunteer work and present occupation
Back home I was Assistant Professor and subsequently worked as Radio presenter at All India Radio on part-time basis as well as host DD Punjabi morning show.
Since 2013, I am host and creative writer at Red FM Calgary.
I am equally involved in community and volunteer with PCHS Calgary, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, Braeside, Red FM Radiothons and Calgary Health Trust
Your Regret in Life
No Regrets in life. Why carry baggage of something? Enjoy as it comes.
Pick Any One of Your Best Achievements
It was proud moment when our team from All India Radio, Jalandhar Station won numerous prestigious awards for our morning show. I got Best Host Award in International Radio Festival of Iran in 2010
Were You Ever Discriminated?
Never ever. Canada is a welcoming place.
Are You Happy in Canada?
I am contented & happily living in this beautiful country.
Any Comments on Canada’s Culture
Canada’s culture is rich. I feel the Multiculturalism makes it all the more beautiful. You learn to be kind & compassionate living here. Yes, Western society has great openness which we do not experience in India. It is we, who are to decide our preferences. I also feel World has become Global village thereby providing all goods and evils.
Any Comments on Canada’s Weather
Canada’s weather is the most enjoyable and we all experience four seasons. Sometimes freezing temperatures & snow in winter makes it hard to drive but one gets used to it. That’s what makes Canada unique, eh!!!
What Brought You Success in Canada?
Hard Work, Perseverance, self-belief & family support always yield success down the line. This is what helped me. Be consistent and focussed.
Are You Willing to Help New Immigrants and How?
Even though there are several settlement agencies working towards helping newcomers, I earnestly wish that various organizations conduct seminars & conferences that can help new immigrants to know about the Canadian life style & social set-up so that they can imbibe values as per new place & country.
Your Message for Canadians of Asian Origin
With our choice we have chosen this country as our new home, so let’s try to make it all the more beautiful with our work & contributions. We should absorb ourselves in the Canadian mosaic and at the same time keep our cultural ethos intact. As an immigrant there will be testing times but with your commitment you can overcome the challenges and define your personality. Be compassionate towards fellow beings and demonstrate high values and ethics.
Asian Star- Gupreet kaur