ABOUT THE SPEAKER
When you hear the word volunteer and starting up many initiatives, Sukhmeet Singh Sachal comes up in mind. He is a 19 year old studying at McGill University in the Faculty of Science on a mission to bring about change, whether that is through building a well in Kenya or becoming a mentor for students wanting to improve their public speaking skills. Since the age of 5, he has been helping people around the world. In India, he volunteered at the Pingalwara Society, a destitute for the deaf and disabled. In Ghana, he was an assistant nurse working in the hospital, as well as at an orphanage. In Canada, he started Students Without Borders and Road2Wellness, two organizations aiming to bring people from different walks of life towards a common goal. Through all of his involvements, he has experienced diversity at first hand with people of different religions, age differences and genders. All of his work has also landed him spotlight on CTV, magazines, newspapers, not to mention being awarded by the Canadian House of Commons for showcasing compassion and empathy, as well as the Giving Hearts Award for the Province of British Columbia and being honoured as Top 25 Under 25. He believes that with a recipe for intercultural dialogue, education & exposure, racism and intolerance will abolish and diversity will prevail.
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ABOUT THE TALK
Sukhmeet Singh Sachal came from Amritsar, India to Vancouver, Canada at the age of seven, and experienced what it felt to live in a diverse nation, full of differences. When he first went to school, he was not accepted by the students in his class: bullied for the way he talked with an Indian accent, his buttoned shirts, and for being an assisted English learner. While he may not have liked this feeling for himself, he disliked it when others were not being treated properly. Since then, Sukhmeet has worked with other students and adults to create change and spread the message of diversity. From little events and creating organizations to traveling to other countries, he describes the amazing experiences and challenges he has faced in the way for making a difference out there in the local and global community.