Sukhjit Singh

Country of Origin:

India

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Asian Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

Outstanding Community Outreach Strategist - 2016

Most Collaborative Leader Award - 2014

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Recipient - 2013

Newcomer Gem Volunteer Award Recipient - 2013

Sukhjit Singh is a proud Canadian, lives and work in Mississauga. Sukhjit is an accomplished Career Professional, an avid volunteer and a change agent. An Indian by birth, Sukhjit came to Canada accompanied by his wife and daughter in 2009 after spending almost 10 years in an exciting career teaching Computer Engineering and Management in a College. Sukhjit is certified career Strategist, certified information and referral specialist and a certified career and employment information specialist. He also has an MBA; a B.Sc in Computer Engineering; a Diploma in Computer Programming and Application; and a Diploma in Sales and Marketing from previous studies before coming to Canada.

He got his first career break within six months of landing in Canada by empowering others and using innovative tools. He was helping others while being helped by others. His continuous learning along with skills and experience assisted him in the following positions: Settlement Worker, Enhance Language Training - Program Coordinator, and Information Counselor. He is also a certified interpreter/translator. He also worked at Sheridan College as an Academic Recruitment Specialist. Sukhjit moved on in his career to work as a constituency assistant for an Ontario parliamentarian, before returning recently to his work at the Peel Multicultural Council, a non-profit organization based in Mississauga.

Sukhjit Singh, a strong support of social and civic inclusion for newcomers to Canada, feels that volunteer work is not only a way to gain Canadian work experience but it is the best way to participate and learn about Canada. Volunteering has become a passion for him and his car trunk is loaded with resources for newcomers and he never hesitates to give away those resources, whenever he gets a chance.

Sukhjit shares his expertise and enthusiasm with others as a member of several community based organizations in GTA. At present, he Chairs Institute of Canadian Citizenship Peel chapter, he is a mentor at e-NIC YMCA, speaker with passages Canada, Member at Heritage Minute Advisory Committee and an ambassador at Volunteer MBC. In past, as a volunteer, he was Co-Chair at Ontario, Ministry of Labour Small Business Task Group, member at Interfaith Council of Peel, Board of Director at Volunteer MBC, Co-Chair at Peel Newcomer Strategy Group's Social, Civic and Economic Inclusion committee, Brand Ambassador of Region of Peel’s Immigration Portal, Ambassador at Canadian Immigration Integration Program, Mentor at TRIEC, PIC member at Peel District School Board and many more

In 2017, he published his first book titled “Same Shoes Different Doors”. Through this book, his aim is to keep inspiring immigrants, international students and refuges to Canada to do the right things, it encourages them to volunteer meaningfully and reap success in return.

Story

My name is Sukhjit Singh. I am a change agent and love helping new immigrants to Canada, and to continue inspiring people with my story over and over. My story is a story of just about any immigrant to Canada and I love sharing the wonderful experiences I have had during and before my journey to Canada.

My simple yet motivational story begins way before I came to Canada as an immigrant. It begins from the days when I applied to come to Canada in 1997-98 as a young student. After my high school, I did Diploma in Computer Programming and Application, and applied to get a Canadian visa as a student for higher studies but couldn't come due to various reasons. That unsuccessful experience made me lose my passion for Canada and also made me give up my studies for a bit due to stress.

Instead of Canada, destiny took me to a beautiful Middle Eastern country, Muscat , where I was hired to teach computers to undergradate and postgraduate students at one of the top universities. I had a great experience with the country's traditions and hospitality, as well as having a pleasantly surprising experience for the respect I received. In the same university, there was representation from 35 different countries.

As a young professional, it was the first time I actually explored my own my own identity and identity . The questions asked by my colleagues and students helped me to explore and learn more about my own religion and why we practice it the way we do. I was pretty comfortable dealing with diverse communities but learning in depth about my own religion gave me the much needed confidence and strengthen about my own identity.

In 2004, I got married and this marriage of mine was another beautiful example of my traditional values where my family chose my bride for me with all their love and care and I trusted them for their wisdom and honesty for me. This is a typical South Asian tradition and I am proud that I continued my tradition and brought happiness to the family.

As a happy go lucky new couple, my wife and I started planning for Canada based on suggestions from colleagues. During the application process, I started researching my new home. I created folders on my computer to collect facts, figures, information about Canada and I named these "La La Land "and Chalo Canada (let's go to Canada)". Then our first child, our daughter was born in 2007 and brought a new wave of happiness. After a long yet soul motivating journey, we finally landed on Canadian soil in year September 2009.

Since my landing in Canada, working with newcomer to Canada became my passion and that passion lead me to play various role in various non-profit organizations in Peel region. I have my own vision/ brand statement: Right information and right connections will lead you to do the right thing.