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George Brown College’s new chancellor is an immigrant success story

Noella Milne was recently named George Brown College’s new Chancellor and will play a key role celebrating student success, advocating for the college and engaging with the community.Milne’s is the kind of success story the college envisions for many of its students.Now an accomplished real estate lawyer, she came to Canada alone at 17 from Mumbai, India, working days and taking classes at night to earn a college diploma followed by a university degree. Her hard work would lead her to law school and ultimately senior partner at Borden, Ladner, Gervais (BLG). Throughout her career she has been a champion for youth and an active volunteer and mentor.Milne has a 15-year connection with...

Posted: Jun 5, 2019

Activism in many languages

Kanta Arora was the first Indian woman appointed to Ontario  Social Assistance Review Board (SARB) in 1985. She launched the first Hindi talk show in Canada, is the founder of several community organizations and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a wide spectrum of causes.“My husband and I came to Canada in 1969. Canada was a very different place back then – there was no diversity. When I walked down the street in my saris, I felt every eye was following me. We study English in India, but we don’t really converse in English. I was vice president of a prestigious university in Agra, but my accent was different. I didn’t let that get in the way. I attended functions...

Posted: May 1, 2019

In service of the community

Baldev Mutta is the founder and CEO of  Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) which offers programs in the areas of  mental health, addictions, settlement services, geriatrics, better families, community development, social enterprise and services for professionals. He came to Canada in 1968 as an 18-year-old from what was West Germany where his father was posted as an Indian diplomat at the time. Seeing a man crying at a bus stop, he stopped to ask how he could help. The man had been injured at work, but was being denied compensation as he had failed to inform his office and fill out the appropriate forms before going home. Mutta called the Worker’s...

Posted: Apr 3, 2019

He’s a community builder and a philanthropist

Gyan Jain came to Canada in 1964 on a whim. He was in Germany when Lester B Pearson visited the country and said Canada wanted young graduates who were fluent in English.“I thought I was a perfect fit!” says Jain, who filled out an application and was accepted on the spot.Told that he could expect to earn $300 a month and save $100, Jain decided he would be able to save at least $200 as he had very simple tastes. The plan was to experience a new country, save $800 for a Toronto-Delhi ticket in four months and return to India. Instead, he earned $550 in two weeks, bought a car, and is still here, over five decades later.But the journey wasn’t without its bumps. With an engineering...

Posted: Mar 1, 2019

Don’t settle for less, advises health equity expert

Gurwinder Gill sees samosas and spring rolls as a good starting point. “They bring people into the room for a discussion, but my hope is that people are now beyond that, that they realize diversity is about respecting differences.”As the Regional Director of Health Equity and Inclusion for William Osler Health System, Gill has oversight of the organizations’ commitment to equity.She has been leading and managing programs and strategies in diversity, equity and inclusion for over 25 years both at the national and international levels. Gill was an active member of the World Health Organization’s international task force for culturally competent hospitals and is also a member of...

Posted: Feb 2, 2019

Be sincere to your art, advises acclaimed dancer and choreographer
Posted: Jan 5, 2019

MP is making a positive impact
Posted: Dec 4, 2018

A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office
Posted: Nov 2, 2018

Being the candidate the employer is looking for
Posted: Sep 30, 2018

Joshna Maharaj brings farm-fresh ideas to the table
Posted: Aug 31, 2018

Usha Srinivasan offers an entrepreneurs’ guide to success
Posted: Aug 2, 2018

Life in the fine arts is far from easy, says tabla virtuoso Vineet Vyas
Posted: Jul 3, 2018

Entrepreneur’s success formula
Posted: Jun 1, 2018

Composer hits the right notes
Posted: May 2, 2018

Kundan Joshi’s pursuit of app-iness
Posted: Apr 1, 2018

Mentor acts like a spark plug
Posted: Mar 7, 2018

Indira Naidoo-Harris is riding high
Posted: Feb 3, 2018

A novel idea takes off in Canada
Posted: Jan 3, 2018

Economist’s success formula
Posted: Nov 30, 2017

A new direction for filmmaker Maninder Chana
Posted: Nov 1, 2017

World-renowned cardiologist shares his success secrets
Posted: Oct 2, 2017

Anti-oppression activist Sabra Desai’s lessons in equity
Posted: Sep 6, 2017

Anoop Prakash is driving the Harley-Davidson team forward
Posted: Aug 2, 2017

At the helm of Peel Police Services Board
Posted: Jul 1, 2017

Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Posted: May 30, 2017

Dr Dev Sainani, Former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
Posted: Apr 30, 2017

Dr Mohit Bhandari, Canada Research Chair in musculoskeletal trauma
Posted: Apr 3, 2017

Public service motivates Harinder Malhi
Posted: Mar 2, 2017

History-making Justice Russell G. Juriansz
Posted: Jan 31, 2017

Sabrina’s success story
Posted: Jan 2, 2017

Dr Manish Raizada’s harvest of hope
Posted: Dec 1, 2016

Hard work takes entrepreneur far in Canada
Posted: Nov 1, 2016

Anuj Rastogi’s rack record sounds good
Posted: Oct 4, 2016

South Asians 4 Life gives patients a chance at life
Posted: Sep 1, 2016

Bundeep Singh Rangar: Innovator, entrepreneur
Posted: Aug 7, 2016

Pathologist’s prescription for success
Posted: Jul 4, 2016

Prof Trichy Sankaran: The torch bearer of a rich legacy
Posted: Jun 1, 2016

Priscila Uppal’s success story
Posted: May 4, 2016

The many roles of a role model
Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Doctor scales new heights
Posted: Feb 29, 2016

Shila Desai: The fabric of a life made in Canada
Posted: Feb 2, 2016

“I am not Sam, I am Shyam”
Posted: Jan 5, 2016

Scientist Dr Virendra Jha receives prestigious space award
Posted: Dec 1, 2015

Award-winning documentary calls the shots
Posted: Nov 1, 2015

Entrepreneur drives innovation forward
Posted: Sep 30, 2015

Six publishers bid for her book
Posted: Sep 1, 2015

Dipika Damerla’s manifesto for self-fulfillment
Posted: Aug 1, 2015

Sugar Sammy climbs the success ladder, one wisecrack at a time
Posted: Jun 29, 2015

New Dean of York U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts
Posted: Jun 2, 2015

Madhu Nagaraja swims into history
Posted: Apr 28, 2015

Rishma Dunlop is a poet, scholar, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Posted: Mar 30, 2015

Guelph plant biologist breathes new life into trees
Posted: Mar 2, 2015

Dr Asha Pawagi opens the world of books for India’s children
Posted: Feb 3, 2015

Ritu Bhasin: Eliminating barriers to equality
Posted: Jan 4, 2015

Canadian entrepreneuer works to empower India’s youth
Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Entrepreneur gives up a lucrative career to promote rural prosperity
Posted: Nov 3, 2014

An innovative idea in aircraft safety takes flight
Posted: Sep 30, 2014

A tiny NGO blossoms into a global emergency relief powerhouse
Posted: Sep 1, 2014

Dr Sonilal Pancham: A stitch in time saves lives
Posted: Jul 29, 2014

Srinivas Krishna: Artist, filmmaker finds his niche in Canada
Posted: Jun 2, 2014

Genetic research scientist Dr Bharati Bapat
Posted: Apr 30, 2014

Debut author Sarita Mandanna’s success story
Posted: Apr 1, 2014

Rahul Bhardwaj has a finger on the pulse of Toronto
Posted: Mar 5, 2014

Musician Ravi Naimpally grooms the next generation
Posted: Feb 4, 2014

Activist environmentalist Ranjana Mitra gives e-waste a new life
Posted: Jan 2, 2014

Mervon Mehta brings the world of music to Toronto
Posted: Dec 4, 2013

Helping improve public sanitation in India
Posted: Oct 30, 2013

Deepak Obhrai appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council
Posted: Oct 2, 2013

Dr. Deep Saini, Vice-President, University of Toronto, shares life lessons
Posted: Sep 5, 2013

Noella Milne: Lawyer, mentor and activist
Posted: Jul 31, 2013

Dr Shiva’s cosmic balance
Posted: Jul 3, 2013

Vishal Arora: Recognized for striving for a better community life
Posted: Jun 5, 2013

Gary Taxali: Illustrator draws his own success story
Posted: May 1, 2013

Entrepreneur Nina Gupta: Bright ideas to change the world
Posted: Apr 3, 2013

Kamala-Jean Gopie: Equity advocate leads by example
Posted: Mar 3, 2013

Venkatesh Mannar helps address hidden hunger around the world
Posted: Jan 31, 2013

Scientist-entrepreneur Dr Piyush Patel believes in making the most of an opportunity
Posted: Dec 31, 2012

Entrepreneur Yogesh Sharma honoured for community service
Posted: Dec 4, 2012

Actor-dancer Anita Majumdar embraces her identity
Posted: Oct 31, 2012

Dr Sohail Gandhi, family physician
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Community activist honoured
Posted: Sep 4, 2012

Life is a canvas for multimedia artist Panchal Mansaram
Posted: Aug 1, 2012

Suresh Joachim, holder of over 60 Guinness World Records
Posted: Jul 4, 2012

Judge Manjusha Pawagi is raising the bar
Posted: May 30, 2012

How Rina Singha FOUND her feet in Canada
Posted: May 2, 2012

Vasdev Chanchalani’s vision for philanthropy
Posted: Apr 2, 2012

Documentary film-maker Chandra Siddan
Posted: Feb 29, 2012

A step in the right direction
Posted: Feb 1, 2012

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance scholar Hari Krishnan
Posted: Jan 3, 2012

Harinder Takhar: Keeping the doors open for those who come after him
Posted: Dec 1, 2011

Canadian author Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Posted: Nov 2, 2011

Bestseller novelist Padma Viswanathan
Posted: Oct 6, 2011

Dr Mohini Sain uses green, renewable, recyclable materials to make building materials
Posted: Aug 31, 2011

Education and knowledge are the best weapons against stigma, says Dr Arun Ravindran
Posted: Aug 5, 2011

Why Asif Syed was awarded the Access Award for Disability issues
Posted: Jul 1, 2011

ADITYA JHA: Software engineer programs success
Posted: Jul 1, 2011

Dr Abhijit Guha, at the cutting edge of cancer research in Canada
Posted: Jun 2, 2011

Physician takes health matters to heart
Posted: Apr 30, 2011

Indo-Canadian appointed to the Toronto Police Services Board
Posted: Mar 31, 2011

A personal crusade for public health
Posted: Mar 4, 2011

Is your logo working for you?
Posted: Feb 3, 2011

Successful Indo-Canadian author has way with words
Posted: Feb 3, 2011

Entrepreneur envisions a brighter future for Toronto
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Lights! Camera! Emotion!
Posted: Nov 14, 2010

Mangat’s Mantra
Posted: Oct 16, 2010

Gauri Guha featured in Scotiabank’s Her Success, Her Way
Posted: Oct 1, 2010

All he wanted to be was a Mountie
Posted: Aug 6, 2010

Making his mark on the hill
Posted: Jul 1, 2010

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