May Is Asian Heritage Month So Celebrate With the South Asian Centre

Incorporated in 1986, South Asian Centre of Windsor (SACWin; 225 Wyandotte Street West, Suite #208, Windsor), a community based organization is celebrating its 31st anniversary on Friday, May 12, 2016 at The Caboto Club. As per the tradition at this annual gathering they honour three South Asians in our region who have contributed a lot to our society. Awards will be given in the following categories . . .

1. South Asian Professional of the Year Award to Dr. Akshai Aggarwal (feature photo right)

Each year South Asian Centre OF Windsor (SACWin) confers this award as a mark of recognition to a South Asian Indian leader of academic excellence. Instituted in 2012, this Award is the first of its kind in Southwestern Ontario and is now in its third year.

Each year SACWin gives this coveted award to honour and recognize excellence in academic and research performance by that one outstanding individual in the academic community in Windsor. Previous year’s recipients have been Dr Siyaram Panday of U of Windsor and Prof. Emeritus, Dr. Datta Pillay.

This year the award goes to Dr. Akshai Aggarwal, former head of the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Windsor and until recently Vice chancellor of the Gujarat Technical University in India.

2. South Asian Business/ Entrepreneur of the Year (Award) to Chintan Virani (feature photo left)

Each year South Asian Centre OF Windsor (SACWin) confers this award as a mark of recognition to a South Asian BUSINESS leader. Instituted in 2012, this Award is the first of its kind in Southwestern Ontario and is now in its third year.

Each year SACWin gives this coveted award to honour and recognise excellence in business and commend outstanding performance by that one outstanding individual in the business community in Windsor. He/she is chosen as a role model for our times. The exclusivity of this award makes it stand out in a sea of clones. The pre-eminence of the selection panel and the very selection process itself, year upon year, has ensured that SACWin’s Businessman of the Year distinction remains the most coveted by the South Asian business community. Last year’s recipient was Guebax Bhullar of Asian Imports, Ltd.

For 2017 the award goes to Chintan Virani, business owner of Virani Architects and Associates.

3. South Asian Youth of the Year Award to Vabna Talukdar (feature photo center)

Vabna Talukdar is an Assamese Indo-Canadian from Windsor, Ontario, and daughter of Mridushyam and Mayuri Talukdar. Vabna is an honoral student at the University of Windsor in her third year of Biology and Movement Science. She is an active member of the Windsor Indian Community and is a professionally trained Indian Classical Dancer in Bharatnathyam, Kathak, Bihu, Bollywood, Indian Folk Dance, Fusion, and Western Contemporary. Received awards & prizes in competitions in these various forms of dance in Canada and the United States of America. She is currently running her own school, “Vabna’s School of Dance” which she started at the age of 15, as well as choreographing for private events and weddings. She has received the “Youth Volunteer Service Government Award 2010” from the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario and the Honourable Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance for contribution to the South Asian Community of Windsor in the field of dance and culture. As well as, passed “Grade 6 Piano Practical Examination and Grade 8 Music Rudiments Theory Examination” from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. She has competed in National Indian Dance Competition “Boogie Woogie 2011”, placing 1st in Ontario at Provincial Competition and 2nd in Canada at National Competition. She organized her own charity dance show with Mukesh Vara, “A Song & A Dance”, donated all the proceeds of $6000, to the Hindu Mandir of Windsor  & Cultural Centre in 2015, and in 2016 she organized her second charity dance show with Mukesh Vara, “A Song & A Dance Part 2” where a donation of $5,000 was made. She is active member of South Asian Centre for the past 10 years.

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