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India Rainbow’s 28th AGM

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel held its 28th Annual General Meeting on June 20th, which was attended by over 100 guests, members, volunteers and staff.

Sam Malvea, President, welcomed the gathering and went over the highlights of the past year. He acknowledged the excellent work being done by all, and particularly the positive feedback received from the Surveyors of CARF Canada, who had recently completed their 3 day survey as part of the accreditation process of our Seniors Services.

In his opening remarks, India Rainbow’s newly appointed Executive Director, Gurpreet Malhotra, also recognized the contribution and hard work of the funders, board members, staff, volunteers, donors, and Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) members and said that he was confident that with their help and expertise, we can together make a change for the better. He later recognized the staff completing 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service with the organization.

Manal Maher, a dentist from Egypt, who is attending our English language training program, shared her experiences in the class and how it is helping her in her pursuit to settle in Canada. This positive experience and the teachers expertise has helped Manal acquire the language proficiency she needs to further her career in Canada. Geeta Singh, a single mother spoke about the help our counselors in the Child, Youth and Parenting program gave her and her daughter who was facing many challenges during her settlement process in this new country.

Among the many guests and funders present were Janina Olechna, Program Consultant, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Baldev Mutta, CEO, Punjabi Community Health Services, Mark Creedon, Executive Director, Catholic Family Services of Peel, Pradeep Nagra from Central West LHIN (Local Health Integration Network),  Ilmana Fasih, United Way, South Asian Advisory Council Coordinator.

For the business part of the meeting, the Chairs of various committees presented their reports. Later, Charanjit Luthra, Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s report and the audited financial statement for approval by the membership. The President acknowledged the contribution of Manjeet Puri, Board member, whose term came to an end. Later, Ferzana Chaze, Secretary, explained the nomination process, and presented the slate of approved nominees for the Board. Asha Luthra and Vikas Puri were acclaimed to the board.

India Rainbow provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the Peel immigrant community since 1985, through English language training, employment related services and settlement services. The organization also provides services to women, children and youth. The Adult Day Program provides services to frail-elderly/cognitively impaired seniors with long-term illness and/or disability, while our Senior’s Wellness program focuses on light exercises, mental stimulation and social activities. We also provide housing support to South Asians with mental illness that are at risk of becoming homeless. We serve the community through five locations in Peel region. For more information or to volunteer, please contact us at: 905-275-2369 or email at: is a proud alliance partner of India Rainbow.

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