May 27, 2015

Surrey BC – Over $100,000 was raised at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society’s gala event for their multicultural long term care home project.
The event was emceed by Shachi Kurl, Sr. VP Angus Reid Institute and the key note speaker for the evening was Minister of Employment and Social Development, Pierre Poilievre.
Over 700 guests including politicians, business leaders and community members from all walks of life were present at the event which included a stellar line up of entertainment.

PICS seniors, staff and volunteers along with local singer and songwriter Lowry Olafson singing the PICS theme song for the project “Giving Back.”
PICS seniors, staff and volunteers along with local singer and songwriter Lowry Olafson singing the PICS theme song for the project “Giving Back.”

The event began with the singing of PICS theme song ‘Giving Back’, composed specially for the event by local songwriter and singer Lowry Olafson in collaboration with PICS staff. He was joined on the stage by seniors at PICS Assisted living facility, a few PICS staff members and CEO Charan Gill.
This was followed by a speech by senior Saroj Sood and a cheque presentation by Suman Sharma of Suman Sargam dance school who donated proceeds from her Mother’s Day variety entertainment function to PICS long term care home.

Suman Sargam Music School presenting a cheque of $6,000 to CEO Mr. Charan Gill.

Suman Sargam Music School presenting a cheque of $6,000 to CEO Mr. Charan Gill.

Mr. Gill in his speech thanked the entire community for standing firm with the society as it has now embarked upon yet another project of building the much needed multicultural seniors long term care home.
Minister of National Defense and Minister of Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, in a recorded message praised PICS and the work it has been doing for new Canadians and seniors. He specially mentioned CEO Charan Gill and his decades of visionary leadership to the community and to Canada.

The head table – (from left) Minister of Employment and Social Development Pierre Poilievre, PICS CEO Charan Gill, BC Minister of Justice and Attorney General  Suzanne Anton and former BC cabinet minister and past president of BC NDP Moe Sihota.

The head table – (from left) Minister of Employment and Social Development Pierre Poilievre, PICS CEO Charan Gill, BC Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton and former BC cabinet minister and past president of BC NDP Moe Sihota.

Also, showcasing support for the project was BC Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton who was introduced by former cabinet minister and past president of BC NDP, Moe Sihota.
Minister Anton acknowledged that there was a need for a multicultural seniors home where seniors battling multiple aging issues could live in a comfortable environment familiar to them.
Minister Poilievre, on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said the government fully supports PICS multicultural long term care home project.
“On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I congratulate PICS on the great work they are doing,” said Minister Poilievre.
Magic show and fire dance arranged by Surya Studios, kept the audience engaged and entertained throughout the evening.
There was also a picture booth by Pixstar and wine tasting booth set up by Desert Hills wine. Desert Hills wine also donated around 80 bottles of red wine for the event.
The event organized at Aria Banquet Hall was decorated tastefully by Lux Affairs and looked resplendent in Mardi gras colours.

Women seniors with Suman Sharma of Suman Sargam Music School with MP Jinny Sims.

Women seniors with Suman Sharma of Suman Sargam Music School with MP Jinny Sims.

Thanking all the donors, staff and volunteers Mr. Gill said, “I am humbled by the trust that the donors have shown us. I can assure them that this project when built will be something that they will be proud of for generations to come. I also want to thank all PICS staff and volunteers for tirelessly working towards making this event successful,” said Mr. Gill.

Mardi Gras Gala

PICS staff member Jagtar Dhalwial (fifth from left) with prominent members of the South Asian community at the event.

PICS multicultural long term care home will be built in central Cloverdale, the land for which has already been acquired. You can continue to donate for the cause by calling 604-596-7722 or on PICS website www.pics.bc.ca.

List of notable pledges/donations at the Gala fundraiser event for PICS Multicultural Long Term Care Project.
1. Bruce Kehler – $25,000
2. Bernie Simpson (Simpson, Thomas and Associates) – $10,000
3. Mamta Foundation – $5000
4. Gurpal Virk – $5000
5. Krishna Syal – $5,000
6. Dr. S S Deol – $1,000
7. Param Boparai -$1,000
8. Schmunk and Associates – $1,000
9. Surjeet Kaur – $1,000

For media interviews contact Shruti Prakash-Joshi @ 604-5967722 ext 115 or 604-617-7148
Media Release – PICS Fundraiser Gala, May 22, 2015