PICS in the News

PICS Society Sends a Sincere Thank You to All of Their Supporters

SURREY, BC – September 20th, 2017 Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society extends a sincere thank you to everyone who supported and attended their 30th Anniversary Gala on September 16th, 2017 at the Fraserview Banquet Hall in Vancouver.

The evening was filled with more than 700 people who shared in a vision of supporting PICS programs that create an inclusive and mutually respectful society. The unconditional support was overwhelming from the community, business owners and politicians. PICS Society was embraced by different religious temples including Ross Street Gurdwara, Khalsa Diwan Society, and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Temple.  A certificate of Appreciation was presented to PICS Society by Councilor Yousef Barakat, President of the Canadian Arab Forum of BC.

PICS also received generous support from business organizations who sponsored the event including Vancity, and Khalsa Credit Union.  Other participating businesses included the City of Surrey, Envision Financial, RBC, Canadian Western Bank, Remedy Pharmacy, AMC Insurance, Cooperative Insurance, Standard Insulation and the Indian business community at large. Their contributions enable PICS to continue providing services and programs for the community.

The media’s continuous support over the years is incredibly appreciated by all at PICS Society. You are a voice for us to reach out to the community.

The support PICS received from government dignitaries and the congratulatory message received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was appreciated. Their recognition is a reason for motivation for PICS to continue its efforts in the community.

The night included speeches from MP’s John Aldag and Sukh Dhaliwal. PICS is forever indebted to them for the countless support they’ve shown the society.

Ministers Harry Bains, Jinny Sims, Adrian Dix, George Chow, MLA’s Jagrup Brar, and Rachna Singh came out to show their support as well. PICS was excited to be able to share an evening of celebration with the community and hopes for many more to come.

“PICS’s hard working and dedicated staff and board of directors have made such a positive impact on the society and should be praised for their excellent work.” said PICS Board President, Bobby Pawar.

The following businesses and people were recognized and honoured with appreciation plaques that evening: Anita Huberman –CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, Vancity, Khalsa Credit Union, Amrik Sangha, Dr. Gulzar Cheema, and Charan Singh Gill & Daljit Kaur Gill. PICS hopes to continue this working collaboration and the community service it is providing.

Also a big thanks to those who became new PICS Lifetime members: Mr. Sangra & Baldev Sangra (Sangra Enterprises), Khalsa Dewan Society, Vancouver (Ross St. Temple), Gian Singh Dhesi, Ranbir Manj & Santosh Manj (Ex PICS staff), Jagir Singh Nagra, Dr. Jasbir Singh Mann & Dilbagh Mann (PICS staff), Parmjit Khosla, Noni Hara (Scorpio Security), Dalbir Benipal, Kuldip Singh Waraich, Manjit Dhillon (Ex PICS Board member), Dr. Harinder Dhanju, Baldev Singh Baath (Basant Motors), Amarjit Dadwal (A1 Sports), Gary Sekhon (Overseas Autobody), Shabba Hundal, Parminder Thind, Jagtar Dhaliwal (PICS staff), Perminder Chohan and Jaspal Saroya. Mr. Saroya presented PICS with a generous $20,000 cheque.

PICS is thrilled to have had such a successful evening of celebration and recognition of the services it has been providing to the community. The contributions that were made towards PICS Society are going to go towards PICS multicultural extended care project Diversity Village.

Lastly, a special thanks to PICS Society’s founding members: Bhupinder Pannu, Amarjit Sandhu, Onkar Hundal, Gurpartap Randhawa, Gurbir Gill, and Gurdev Somal. “I would like to especially thank and bid a farewell to our former CEO Charan Gill, who dreamt, conceived, founded and built PICS into what it is today.  Thank you!” said PICS CEO, Satbir Cheema.

May 29, 2015 – Minister Poilievre and Minister Kenney Deliver Greetings at Fundraising Gala hosted by Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS)

Minister Poilievre Deliver Greetings at Fundraising Gala hosted by Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS)

On Friday, May 22nd, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre, was pleased to deliver the keynote address at the Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) gala fundraising dinner for a Long Term Care Home in Surrey, B.C. With over 700 guests in attendance, Minister Poilievre congratulated PICS on the great work it is doing, as did the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defense and Minister of Multiculturalism, who delivered video greetings and thanked PICS for its work with new Canadians and seniors. In particular, Minister Kenney praised PICS CEO, Charan Gill for his decades of visionary leadership to the community and to Canada.

To view Minister Kenney’s video greetings, please click on the picture below:

Minister Kenney’s video greetings

May 28, 2015 – PICS on Red FM News – CKYE RED 93.1 FM:


May 28, 2015 – The Province – PICS Society raises $100,000 for multicultural long term care home project


SURREY BC — The Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society raised over $100,000 at a gala event for their multicultural long term care home project, a news release said.
Minister of Employment and Social Development, Pierre Poilievre promised government support for the project. “On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I congratulate PICS on the great work they are doing,” said Poilievre.

The gala, attended by more than 700 guests, was emceed by Shachi Kurl, Sr. VP at Angus Reid Institute.
The event began with a special theme song, composed by local songwriter and singer Lowry Olafson and the PICS staff. Some seniors at PICS Assisted living facility, a few staff members and CEO Charan Gill joined Olafson for the song.

Gill thanked the community for supporting PICS, which has started another long term care home project in central Cloverdale. “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,” he said.

BC Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton and former B.C. NDP cabinet minister Moe Sihota also attended the gala. 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.
Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence and Minister of Multiculturalism, also praised PICS’ work for new Canadians and seniors in a recorded message.
Suman Sharma from the Suman Sargam dance school donated proceeds from her Mother’s Day variety entertainment program to the PICS project.

The evening was enlivened by a magic show and fire dance organized by Surya Studios, a photo booth by Pixstar and wine tasting booth set up by Desert Hills wine, which donated around 80 bottles for the event. Lux Affairs decorated the Aria Banquet Hall in Mardi gras colours for the gala.

Land has already been acquired for the PICS multicultural long term care home, the release said.
For more information or to donate for the project, call 604-596-7722 or visit

Major donations for the PICS project came from:

Bruce Kehler – $25,000
Bernie Simpson (Simpson, Thomas and Associates ) – $10,000
Mamta Foundation – $5000
Gurpal Virk – $5000
Krishna Syal – $5,000
S S Deol – $1,000
Param Boparai -$1,000
Schmunk and Associates – $1,000
Surjeet Kaur – $1,000

May 25, 2015 – Indo-Canadian Voice “More than $100,000 raised for PICS’ multicultural long term care home”

OVER $100,000 was raised at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society’s gala event last week for their multicultural long term care home project.
The event was emceed by Shachi Kurl, Senior Vice President, VP Angus Reid Institute, and the keynote speaker was federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Pierre Poilievre. Read more…


MLA for Surrey – Newton Harry Bains talked about PICS Volunteer recognition day

April 15, 2015 – MLA for Surrey-Newton Harry Bains talked about PICS Volunteer recognition day in the BC Legislature on April 15, 2015.

2015 Legislative Session: Fourth Session, 40th Parliament HOUSE BLUES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 – Afternoon Sitting

H. Bains: It’s always an honour to stand here and thank organizations that help so many in so many different ways, especially helping new immigrants to make transition easier to settle in their new country, Canada.

But today I would like to thank an organization called Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, also known as PICS, for organizing an appreciation event to mark the beginning of National Volunteer Week and acknowledge the efforts of the more than 100 volunteers. On Monday volunteers were recognized by Ravi (Raghbir) Bains, who was recently honoured by the Prime Minister with a community leader award.

My good friend, Charan Gill, who founded PICS 20 years ago —- in the beginning, PICS was run solely by volunteers. Today it has developed into a major community organization, and PICS’s name is synonymous with helping people.

Each year more than a hundred volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time to PICS, working diligently on services such as employment and settle programs, senior housing, adult daycare, transition homes for women and children fleeing domestic violence and currently, the tax clinic. I might add that my colleague from Surrey-Whalley has accompanied me many times to the facility of PICS, and we saw those services in action.

The National Volunteer Week began in 1943 to draw attention to the vital contributions women made to the war effort on the home front. Today it has become the largest celebration of civic participation in Canada. During National Volunteer Week, PICS, as well as many other organizations here and around the world, try to find ways to recognize the countless hours donated by volunteers every way.


I ask this House to join with me, and let’s join with these organizations in expressing extreme gratitude for all of the work done by indispensable volunteers and thank service providers such as PICS, who continue to find ways to help people in need. Thank you.