Members of the Board: Balwant Sanghera
Appointed: July 31, 2018; term expires July 31, 2022
Mr. Balwant Sanghera is a well-respected educator, community activist and bridge builder between various communities and groups. Mr. Sanghera received his B.Sc. degree from Punjab University in India. He earned his B.Ed. degree from Notre Dame University and Master of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.
All along, he has been actively involved in both the Indo-Canadian community and the community at-large. He is one of the founders and chairperson of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence. Mr. Sanghera retired as a school psychologist in 2004 after serving in the BC Public School system for 36 years. Over the past several years, Mr. Sanghera has served as Senator of Simon Fraser University, as a member of the Board of Governors of Langara College and College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.
His selfless service has earned Mr. Sanghera various awards. These include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Order of British Columbia, Solicitor General’s Lifetime Community Achievement Award for Crime Prevention and Community Safety and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2010 he was voted as one of Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. Mr. Sanghera was voted twice as Richmond Review’s Top Ten Citizens of Richmond in 2007 and 2011. In 2011, he was also awarded the Defender of Heritage Award by prominent South Asian Magazine Darpan. Mr. Sanghera was selected as UBC’s One of Education 100 –Year of Alumni Outstanding Contributors in 2015. Just recently, on May 31, 2018 Mr. Sanghera was honoured as one of Richmond’s top twenty (Richmond’s Best) citizens by the Richmond News.
Mr. Sanghera is a regular writer for the local community newspapers and frequently appears as guest on various radio and TV programs. Currently, in addition to heading the Richmond Multicultural Community Services, he is also serving as president of the East Richmond Community Association, Punjabi Language Education Association of Canada, and on the Management Committee of India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas in Richmond. He is also one of the founders and chairperson of Richmond’s popular Highway to Heaven Association.
Mr. Sanghera is also a member of the IZUNA Tributes Committee, and the Human Resources Committee.