THE 100 Year Journey gala on Saturday, November 29 celebrated the past, present and future of the South Asian community. The program included pioneering stories of South Asians in British Columbia and launched a commemorative publication, highlighting 100 selected stories of community members spanning the past century.
“The experiences of South Asian Canadians are an important part of Canada’s past, present and future. These pioneers have impacted Canada’s social and cultural heritage. They are inspiring and remind us that anything can be achieved with dedication, passion and integrity. We wanted the 100 Year Journey gala, publication, and website to reflect and celebrate the contributions of South Asians who were ordinary people, but did the extraordinary to overcome obstacles and flourish, ” says Rana Vig, 100 Year Journey Founder and Publisher.
The event was attended by over 500 of the South Asian community’s leaders – representing political, business and social sectors. Guests had a true “journey experience” by receiving commemorative passports instead of event tickets, received stamps and posed for passport photos upon their arrival. Emceed by CBC Vancouver’s News Anchor, Andrew Chang, guests were treated to two South Asian comedic performances from Paul Varghese and Rajiv Stayal as the evening’s entertainment and several prize giveaways.
Many South Asian pioneer narratives were highlighted and honoured for their commitment to strengthening the South Asian identity within Canada. Premier Christy Clark spoke about the importance of South Asian immigrants for the past 100 years, and their invaluable contributions to British Columbia.
Along with the publication, the 100yearjourney.com website was introduced as a means of creating ongoing engagement and inclusion of stories of the ordinary and extraordinary South Asians, who shaped Canada’s rich history.