BURNABY: The Sikh Research Institute Canada (SikhRI-Canada) is hosting a fundraising event on 28 October to support the organization’s educational programs in 2013. Harinder Singh, Chief Programming Officer of SikhRI, will deliver the keynote address of the evening, “Which Candle to Light?”

SikhRI-Canada invites the Sikh community of the Lower Mainland to come out for the event, which will be held at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey, BC at 5:30 pm. Harinder Singh is a world renowned Sikh scholar who is respected for the dedication, research and programs he has coordinated domestically and internationally. The master of ceremonies will be Bhupinder Singh Hundal of Omni TV and portions of the evening are sponsored by AllCare Medical Clinic of Surrey, BC.

“The event promises to be inspirational as well as educational for all. It will provide a unique opportunity for people to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere and explore some real challenges that our communities face on a daily basis,” said Baljinder Kaur, president of SikhRI-Canada.

Tickets are $75 each, 2 tickets for $100, or a table of 8 can be purchased for $350. Tax receipts will be issued. A catered Indian dinner is included with each ticket. Parminder (Par) Singh, who serves on the SikhRI Board of Advisors, welcomes this event to the Lower mainland as “a great way to engage young people in the community and get them excited about this organization’s offerings to the community as they discover their individual relationships with Sikhi.”

In addition to the fundraising event, there will be an interactive dialogue on Monday, 29 October from 5:30-7:30pm at the Axio Business Centre in Surrey. Harinder Singh will engage participants in a discussion around the topic of parenting and Sikhi. This is free session; however registration is required by contacting Lali Pawa at 604.505.0502

Also during this time, from 26 October to 1 November, SikhRI-Canada will work closely with community groups, local media and the Lower Mainland’s Gurdwaras to host numerous events that build awareness of the Sikh heritage and history. The Sikh Research Institute Canada provides educational programming and strives to design and host events which bring together the Sikhs, and also the non-Sikh community.