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The Chic Sikh of The Year
2015

EDITOR, sikhchic.com

 

 

 





Dear Readers:

As we near the end of the year 2015, we turn our minds to the pleasurable task of selecting, once again, THE CHIC SIKH OF THE YEAR.

The choice, of course, is collectively yours. We therefore invite you to post your selection in the COMMENT section below.

Looking at the stories we have covered on sikhchic.com this year, and the extraordinary persons and projects we have showcased in our various sections -- including CURRENT EVENTS, PEOPLE, SPORTS, HEROES, to name but a few -- there should be no dearth of possibilities.

This year, too, so many women, men and children -- individually and collectively -- have made a mark on the local, as well as the world scene, by living up to the highest ideals of Sikhi in helping make the world a better place for all of humanity.

We seek your help in choosing one who you think has best exemplified those ideals within her, his, or its field of endeavour, during the course of this year.

-   Any woman, man, child, group, institution or corporation may be named.

-   The nominee may be a Sikh or a non-Sikh.

-   She, he or it may be based in any part of the world, the achievements being cited can be in any field of endeavour, and the activity being highlighted could be tied to any geographical area.

-   The nominee could be named for one or more achievements, or a life-time of contribution, as long as the primary reason for naming her, him or the entity THE CHIC SIKH OF THE YEAR 2015 is significantly tied to the year 2015.

Please provide, along with the name of your nominee, your reasons -- in brief form -- why you are nominating or voting for the person or entity you've named.

Also, please do not fail to provide in the designated space your FULL name, as well as the name of your CITY and COUNTRY -- it helps readers to fully appreciate the context of your support.

You may nominate more than one choice, but we request that you limit yourself to one nomination in each posting. That is, multiple nominations should be in separate postings in order to facilitate the selection process. However, the merit of each nominee, not the number of votes in support, will help determine the final choice.

Please also note that no one on the staff or any of the boards that shape and guide sikhchic.com is eligible to be selected the winner.

The deadline for all nominations is strictly 9.00 pm (Toronto, Canada time), Saturday, December 26, 2015.

All nominations will be posted on sikhchic.com.

The name of the Winner(s) - who will be selected by a panel of judges - will be announced on Friday, January 1, 2016 on sikhchic.com and other media.

The list of past winners includes - Fauja Singh, Gurbaksh Singh, Harvinder Singh Phoolka (Human Rights Advocate), Jarnail Singh ('The Lion of Delhi'), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lt Brian Murphy, SALDEF, Saran Singh (Editor, The Sikh Review), The Sikh Coalition, The Survivors of 1984, United Sikhs and Waris Singh Ahluwalia.

We look forward to your participation in this year‘s selection.


Thank you.

Editor


P.S. - A SUGGESTION: You may wish to skim over the postings from this year on sikhchic.com in its various sections to remind yourself of the rich goings-on during 2015.



November 10, 2015 
 

Conversation about this article

1: Jagir Singh (Los Angeles, California, USA), November 10, 2015, 6:41 AM.

For me this year's choice leaps out at us: HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN. Without exaggerating things, I believe the impact of his selection as Canada's Defence Minister is of no less significance, albeit on a smaller scale, than the election of President Obama two elections ago.

2: Rupinder Kaur (Canada), November 10, 2015, 6:42 AM.

Without a single doubt, the Sikh of the Year 2015 is definitely Lt. Col. HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN - Canada's new Minister of National Defence! Besides several courageous tours of duty overseas, including Afghanistan, he is now assigned to serve Canada as our Defence Minister. What an honour for him and for all Canadians and Sikhs!

3: Gagandeep Singh (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), November 10, 2015, 6:48 AM.

I nominate the entire SIKH-CANADIAN CAUCUS OF 18 -- yes, EIGHTEEN -- MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT who've recently been sent to Ottawa as their elected representatives by the people of Canada -- out of a total of 331 MPs. An extraordinary honour and a mountain of responsibility which, I'm sure, they'll carry out with dignity and integrity.

4: Laddi Kaur (Chandigarh, Punjab), November 10, 2015, 6:57 AM.

The half-a-million or so SIKH SOLDIERS who served humanity so bravely and selflessly, not only in the two World Wars but also in the various conflicts around the globe, throughout the 20th century. Their recognition is long overdue -- but this year is ideal because we are currently (including in 2015) commemorating the centennial of their sacrifices made in WW1.

5: Sukhmani Kaur (Coventry, United Kingdom), November 10, 2015, 7:04 AM.

I personally am bowled over by the appointment of four Sikh-Canadians to the federal cabinet of the Government of Canada. Their collective achievements constitute a landmark change for all Sikhs of the diaspora ... and, hopefully, for the world. They are: HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN, NAVDEEP SINGH BAINS, AMARJEET SINGH SOHI and, last but not least, BARDISH KAUR CHAGGER.

6: Waryam Singh (New Delhi, India), November 10, 2015, 7:07 AM.

For the reasons already set out above, I nominate the PEOPLE OF CANADA. They have in their collective wisdom broken the mold ... it is up to the world now to learn the lessons of progress and modernity from this.

7: Pritam Singh (London, United Kingdom), November 10, 2015, 7:32 AM.

SIKH SEVA ORGANIZATIONS like KHALSA AID, to take one example, have done phenomenal seva in trouble spots around the world where people are in dire need of food, medicine and shelter as a result of war, famine or natural calamities. These SEVADAARS truly deserve this honour and recognition.

8: GC Singh (USA), November 10, 2015, 7:36 AM.

Harjit Singh Sajjan, as Canada's Defence Minister and Navdeep Singh Bains as Canada's Industry Minister, have absolutely created history by their leadership qualities, discipline, and extraordinary talents. They have worked hard for these positions and have shattered the glass ceiling for the entire global Sikh community, and for other minorities as well. But the man who took this trail-blazing and bold decision and created this historic opportunity by having a cabinet which truly reflects Canada and appointed four Sikh Ministers is Justin Trudeau. My nomination for 2015 goes to the charismatic Prime Minster of Canada, JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

9: Harcharan Singh (Singapore), November 10, 2015, 8:18 AM.

I would personally feel that the whole panth should select the SHAHIDS who have led the struggle for the fall of the corrupt order of the Badals and and the demise of the dishonest jathedars. The shahids should get a postshumous award and the SANGAT OF PUNJAB the other award, and an overseas award for the SIKH WINNERS OF THE CANADIAN GENERAL ELECTION. Please have multiple awards .. if neccesary, even categories. One could be for those who are still around, another could be for someone who has either died for the cause or has only been recently recognized. Or please also divide the award into one within India and another for Sikhs outside India. And also, a group award too. Time is running out as always. We need to recognize deserving Sikhs to give them our support and strength.

10: Inderjit Kaur  (New Delhi, India), November 10, 2015, 8:45 AM.

The BRAVEHEARTS OF PUNJAB who have finally taken up the David vs Goliath fight against the scoundrels who now occupy the halls of power in Chandigarh and New Delhi and have become the new Abdalis of today. [Never forget -- David wins!]

11: Prabh Singh (Canada), November 10, 2015, 12:55 PM.

Let's not forget what Bapu Surat Singh has done to bring India's human rights violations to the forefront. Although I think that our success in the Canadian election is commendable, my vote goes to SURAT SINGH.

12: Sunny Grewal  (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada), November 10, 2015, 3:03 PM.

@11: I will throw my hat in for BAPU SURAT SINGH as well.

13: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), November 10, 2015, 3:31 PM.

Lt. Col HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN.

14: Ari Singh (Sofia, Bulgaria), November 10, 2015, 3:48 PM.

Four Sikh cabinet ministers of Canada were the only non-Europeans appointed (besides one Afghan-origin lady). Without the sacrifices of HALF A MILLION SIKHS IN THE GREAT WARS, who were the real fore-runners of the Sikh diaspora, none of this would have happened. S. HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN is my second choice.

15: Kiran (Australia), November 10, 2015, 7:54 PM.

Bapu SURAT SINGH ji.

16: Tony Singh (Canada), November 10, 2015, 10:24 PM.

With the many nominations for the newly appointed Sikhs to Canada's Cabinet, the recipient of the Chic Sikh for 2015 has to be Canadian Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU as he made these excellent appointments. Our community must honour people such as Justin Trudeau as they have shown so much love for our people.

17: Jagpal Singh Tiwana (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), November 11, 2015, 3:18 AM.

Lt. Col HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN, Defence Minister of Canada, is my choice.

18: Kulvinder Jit Kaur (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada), November 11, 2015, 5:25 AM.

My vote is for JUSTIN TRUDEAU. He definitely created a positive environment, right from the onset. He walked the high road and did not stoop like Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney to negative propaganda. He has created an environment for tolerance, inclusiveness and hope. An environment of taking Canada back to what it was most well known for: compassion, Peace and Humanitarianism. The political environment Justin has created is akin to what we dream of as "khalsa Raj" where people of all nationalities, religions, colours and beliefs can co-exist in a peaceful and productive manner. Where ALL Canadians have equal rights and equal opportunities. My vote this year goes to Justin Trudeau who with just one stroke has made it possible for all turban wearing Sikhs to reach for the highest posts. My second vote goes to THE CANADIAN PEOPLE who are equally responsible for this environment to exist. By and large the people of Canada are still compassionate and inclusive until manipulated by a minority of hate mongers.

19: Kamal Singh (Mumbai, India), November 12, 2015, 1:03 AM.

My vote is for JUSTIN TRUDEAU, the Prime Minister of Canada for his inclusive approach, JUGRAJ SINGH of 'Basics of Sikhi' for his great spirit, and ARVIND KEJRIWAL for keeping his promise.

20: Bant Singh (New York, USA), November 12, 2015, 6:05 AM.

My vote: Bapu SURAT SINGH.

21: S Singh (United Kingdom), November 12, 2015, 4:20 PM.

BAPU SURAT SINGH. In 2015, to forgo food for 300 days and light a spark in the Sikh community ... no one else comes close for being Chic Sikh of the year.

22: Sukhindarpal Singh (Penang, Malaysia), November 13, 2015, 2:56 AM.

BAPU SURAT SINGH ji.

23: Harman Singh (California, USA), November 14, 2015, 12:07 PM.

Bapu SURAT SINGH & HIS FAMILY. He embodies the true spirit of Sikhi and selfless sacrifice. My vote goes to him and his family for standing steadfast in the face of tyranny.

24: Devendra Singh (Patna, Bihar, India), November 14, 2015, 8:43 PM.

My choice for The Chic Sikh of The Year 2015 goes in favour of Bapu SURAT SINGH and HIS FAMILY who have stood as a rock against the onslaught on the Sikh community. True Sikhs indeed.

25: Rup Singh (Canada), November 15, 2015, 4:17 PM.

My vote goes to Sardar SURAT SINGH ji.

26: Amitoj Singh (Parsipanny, New Jersey, USA), November 17, 2015, 12:33 PM.

Bibi PRITAM KAUR for her speech at Sarbat Khalsa 2015.

27: Jotinder Singh Waraich (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada), November 24, 2015, 8:23 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. His life and death reflect the best of Sikhi.

28: Jagtar Singh (Lyon, France), November 24, 2015, 8:48 AM.

I would like to nominate THE SIKHS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA for their stepping up to the plate to help the Syrian refugees in such a exemplary way. This is Sikhi at its best. The world needs to learn from this extraordinary gesture.

29: Teja Singh (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), November 28, 2015, 5:46 AM.

There is no other Sikh more deserving of this honor than MANMEET SINGH BULLAR. Yes - Harjit Singh Sajjan is worthy of such recognition and Manmeet Singh will if he were still alive today, put his vote in for Harjit as he was his hero. However, given the selfless service and the embodiment of Sikh values that Manmeet Singh displayed, we must bestow this honor on the man that left this world as he lived, doing seva in the name of our Gurus.

30: Minnie (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), November 30, 2015, 6:11 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

31: Dhanwant Singh Mundae (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 01, 2015, 2:14 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

32: Sharanpal Kaur (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 05, 2015, 4:21 PM.

I would like to nominate little 4-year-old LIV KAUR of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. [See Video with her on sikhchic.com - "Eat, O Eat, O Mother of Mine - Khaa, Meri Maa".] Not just because she's cute and sweet and inspired and heavenly, but because she represents, in this single act of love, the future of Sikhi and humanity. She captures not only the miracle of Motherhood, but reminds us of the extraordinary and fundamental role a Mother plays in the life of a community. She embodies all that we need to do to deal with our challenges today. She is the promise of a better tomorrow. I can't think of a more Chic Sikh!

33: Niranjan Singh (Ludhiana, Punjab), December 15, 2015, 6:49 AM.

As we near the end of the year, HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN stands out as my only choice even more clearly.

34: Arjan Singh (USA), December 15, 2015, 8:04 AM.

SIKH WOMEN of India who stand tall and move forward with grace and dignity inspite of being surrounded by a society that is hell bent on subjugating them. Inspite of wide-spread drug use in Punjab and in India, most Sikh women live a life of dignity and respect. They are more often than not well-educated and refuse to give in, as compared to rest of the Indian society. Courageous. Dignified. Graceful. Educated. These are just some of the words I would use for these brave souls.

35: Daljit Singh (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), December 15, 2015, 10:08 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. Despite his young age, he motivated and inspired many, including Harjit Singh Sajjan.

36: Hardev Singh (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), December 15, 2015, 10:31 PM.

Lt.Col.HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN is my preference. Worthy contenders are SIKH AID, Bapu SURAT SINGH and MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, and so many other unsung heroes who deserve our deepest respect.

37: Attesh (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 8:41 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for his worthy contribution to the Sikh-Canadian community, and the Sikhs of Afghanistan.

38: Anmol Singh Sekhon (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:27 AM.

The late MLA, MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

39: Karen Kaur Shergill (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:27 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

40: Shannon Kaur Binning (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:29 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

41: Nisha Kaur Sidhu (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:29 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

42: Harsimer Singh (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:31 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR - he truly embodied the values of a true Sikh.

43: Sharon  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:35 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for his dedicated seva to his community, province and country. His sheer passion to help the vulnerable, his contributions to society and for being an amazing role model to people of all walks of life. "Manmeet not only died a hero but he lived as one."

44: Am Lail (White Rock, British Columbia, Canada ), December 16, 2015, 9:36 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for all his work as a true humanitarian, helping not only Sikhs but people of all faiths only as a true Sikh does.

45: Sushana Rattan (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:36 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He lived and died a hero.

46: Sonny Singh Sidhu  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 9:58 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR ... the definition of seva. One of the most genuine, loving and caring people.

47: Pal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 10:07 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. A faithful servant of humanity.

48: Ruby Kaur Dhaliwal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 10:51 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. His life and death reflect the best of Sikhi.

49: Munpreet Kaur Chana (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada ), December 16, 2015, 11:05 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

50: Aman Kaur (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 11:10 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. Lived as a hero and died a hero! Made Sikhs all over the world proud with his work and seva.

51: Amanpreet Kaur Bhullar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 11:31 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. For his work with Sikhs in Afghanistan. For inspiring all Sikhs to do seva and do good for all people, not just our own community. He made us proud to be Sikh. He also inspired others.

52: Satvir Singh Sahota (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 12:09 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

53: Amandeep  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 12:22 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. For all his hard work and dedication to our community. A true inspiration.

54: Barinder Atwal (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 12:24 PM.

I'm voting for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He served his city, contituency and our country with a dedication I have not seen in anyone else. Manmeet is a true Sikh who not only lived his life as a hero but left this world as one.

55: Harmol Singh Shergill  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 12:36 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

56: Sabrina Kaur Brar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada ), December 16, 2015, 12:37 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

57: Kalen Singh  (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 12:47 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

58: N. Singh Sidhu (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 1:05 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

59: Sam Singh Sidhu (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 1:12 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He motivated and inspired everyone around him and had a knack for bringing the community together.

60: Jasleen Kaur Bhullar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 1:12 PM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He dedicated his life to helping others.

61: Shami Kular (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 1:16 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

62: Happy Johal (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 1:39 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

63: Amrit Kaur Sidhu (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 1:58 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

64: Kevin Singh Bal (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:08 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

65: Inder Singh Tumber  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:20 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

66: Jasdeep Kaur Sidhu (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:22 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. A true humanitarian who stood tall in his convictions. He was a voice for the ones who were left unheard, a soldier for those who were victimized. Always serving, leading, inspiring and guiding others towards the greater good. A truly deserving soul.

67: Amrit Kaur Sidhu (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:23 PM.

I vote for MANMEET KAUR BHULLAR. He was not just a politician, he was also a humanitarian who made it his life-long mission to help Afghan minorities facing persecution. He was always ready to help anyone who walked through his office doors, regardless of race, religion, social status or community.

68: Arvinder Kaur Bhullar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:23 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR lived to help others. It wasn't about himself but about the success of others. He helped everyone to strive to be the best person they could be and encouraged them to live with the highest morals and standards as we do in Sikhi. The Canadian Minister of National Defence and Manmeet's friend, Harjit Singh Sajjan recently said: "For some reason he put me on a pedestal. Most little did he know that he was actually carrying me and many of us on his shoulders.” He helped so many people and was loved by many for his lifetime commitment to make a better world for us all.

69: Davinder Bhullar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:33 PM.

He was the most amazing man, a great mentor, an advocate for all ages, inspiring others to do their best with what they have. And a great motivational speaker.

70: Jasbir Uppal (Kent, United Kingdom), December 16, 2015, 2:36 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for his dedication to helping those in need and inspiring everyone around him. Also for raising awareness of the plight of Sikhs in Afghanistan.

71: Satinder Gill (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:38 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

72: Jassa Singh Singh (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:43 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. No question about it, he was and will always be remembered as a hero. Few in our current generation have actively helped as many lives as he has. He didn't ask to be appreciated when he was with us but it's our duty now to show the world the destiny we can achieve if we put our hearts and minds to it.

73: Jag Kaur Sekhon (Canada), December 16, 2015, 2:50 PM.

I'd like to nominate MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR for his lifetime of commitment to both the Sikh community, and the community at large. Manmeet demonstrated that you can live both as a Sikh and as a Canadian, without compromising either set of values, and by living in harmony with this identity of a Sikh-Canadian. He worked tirelessly to support and help individuals regardless of their background.

74: Sharon Kaur Rai (Kent, United Kingdom), December 16, 2015, 3:17 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR was an incredible human being who achieved so much in his short life. He has left an amazing legacy. I don't think we will ever come across another Manmeet again. He paved his way in doing seva and it was in the course of a selfless act that he left us. Let's project his name across the world to carry on his work.

75: Noorin Mitha  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 3:29 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR for his hard work and dedication in improving the lives of so many.

76: Raman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 3:44 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

77: Signe Scammell (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 3:54 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

78: Manpreet Singh Atwal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 16, 2015, 4:39 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR - a truly selfless man who dedicated his life to helping others.

79: Parabhdeep Kaur Lail  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 5:36 PM.

My vote would be for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. Manmeet was a proud Sikh who dedicated his life to seva. In the months leading up to his untimely death, which occurred while he was outside of his car in a snow storm trying to help another person in need, he spent his time advocating for Sikhs in Afghanistan to try to bring them to safety - to a place where they could practice their faith without fear of persecution. He brought the tragedies of 1984 to our country's attention in a powerful member's statement in the Alberta Legislature on November 2, 2015. As Minister of Human Services, he worked to improve policies for children in custody - children that others had forgotten about. Growing up, he spent his time dedicated to community service through inspiring youth with the group, 'Inspire Calgary' and the 'Walking Away Hunger' campaign. These are just a few of the thousands of acts of seva that Manmeet contributed to. He exemplified the meaning of Sikhi and instilled its pride into everyone he encountered. His legacy will live on for generations. For this reason, I cannot think of another person more deserving. That being said, Manmeet would be proud of whoever gets this recognition, as he was always proud to salute the contributions of every Sikh to society.

80: Kiran Kaur Sandhu (Delta, British Columbia, Canada), December 16, 2015, 6:04 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

81: Taran Singh (London, United Kingdom), December 17, 2015, 12:49 AM.

Bapu SURAT SINGH and JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

82: Jojo (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 17, 2015, 2:04 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. Truly remarkable Canadian who inspired so many.

83: Tendai Makwanha (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 17, 2015, 7:35 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, a legend.

84: Sarah Willgress (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 17, 2015, 8:13 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for his seva, for his dedication to providing a safe place for humankind and for fighting for those who don't have a voice. Manmeet lived his life for others, and gave his life for others. He was the true definition of a Sikh, a warrior for humankind and a role model for so many.

85: Simmi Kaur Sidhu (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 17, 2015, 9:49 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

86: Gary Singh Rai (Canada), December 17, 2015, 10:19 AM.

It is my hope that MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR or his hero, HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN, be given the award.

87: Caterina Bellusci (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 17, 2015, 10:30 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

88: David Christmas (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 17, 2015, 10:43 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

89: Onkar Singh (London, United Kingdom), December 17, 2015, 11:14 AM.

For sheer global impact on, and on behalf of the Sikh community, as well as its relationship locally in each country and region in 2015, no person, group or organization surpasses what HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN has achieved. And his ascent has not been a fluke or a windfall rise, but built on a lifetime of extraordinary and varied contributions to the benefit of not just Canadians or North Americans, but people on every continent.

90: Sanjeet Singh (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), December 17, 2015, 9:56 PM.

My hero, MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

91: Mandi Fusaro Smith (Airdrie, Alberta, Canada), December 17, 2015, 10:49 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

92: Jasvir Kaur (Chicago, Illinois, USA), December 18, 2015, 9:59 AM.

I nominate Bbi PARKASH KAUR and UNIQUE HOME for 'unwanted' girls. She single handedly provided a solution to an epidemic in India and, unfortunately Punjab as well, of gendercide. Bibi ji herself was abandoned a few days after she was born and in adulthood made it her mission to raise unwanted girls and give them life. I grew up in the US and struggled to find a hero I can connect with, one who was Sikh, female and walked the talk of my Guru’s teachings. Bibi Parkash Kaur had the foresight of Bhai Kanhaiyya, the compassion of Bhagat Puran Singh and Mother Teresa, and the saroop of my Guru. 20/20 recognized her as a hero as well as Amir Khan, but the Sikh community doesn't highlight her and her work. Sikh boys and girls need to know about Bibi Parkash Kaur, her work as a universal mother giving life to future mothers and her personality as a true GurSikh.

93: Simranjit Kaur Shergill (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 18, 2015, 10:16 AM.

I would like to nominate MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for his dedication to helping others in any way that he could. He was a Sikh that not only believed so deeply in his own faith, but was a man who provided faith to others. He was a humanitarian, a true public servant to the vulnerable populations that didn't have a voice of their own. Manmeet was one who embodied the true characteristics of Sikhi and sought justice and hope for the greater good.

94: Dustin Saran  (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada ), December 18, 2015, 10:28 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for what he has done not only in impacting the people of his community but of his province, his country and the world. He lived for seva and helped so many people along his path. He is a role model for so many young Sikhs and is a legend in my heart.

95: Satnam Singh Randhawa (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), December 18, 2015, 11:59 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, who lived and breathed the universal message of Oneness of Mankind given by Guru Granth Sahib and died at such a young age living the Gurbani pangtee: "soora so pehchanee-ay jo larrhey deen ke heyt". He is a role model for people of all ages to do unconditional good to one another and make it a better world (a Begumpura).

96: Mandeep Kaur (Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA), December 18, 2015, 12:38 PM.

My vote is for Bibi PARKASH KAUR

97: Neetu Kaur Sangha (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 18, 2015, 2:00 PM.

I would like to nominate MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. Manmeet or, as we called him, Meeta, was the epitome of the sevaddar. Growing up, he not only ensured the Sikh community had a voice but also ensured he voiced equality for all. He worked vigorously to fight for the most vulnerable in our society. Meeta has left a legacy behind, and I cannot think of anyone more fitting and deserving for this honour.

98: Brig Nawab Singh Heer (Ret) (New York, USA), December 18, 2015, 2:14 PM.

With due regards to the views expressed by all so far, I am getting an impression that we are getting biased for such a person in North America. In my opinion a person should be a global Sikh. Going by the definition of identifying such person - so many women, men and children -- individually and collectively -- have made a mark on the local, as well as the world scene, by living up to the highest ideals of Sikhi in helping make the world a better place for all of humanity. I strongly feel that KANWAR SINGH SANDHU fits the bill as the best person to be recognized. He is a very well known journalist of considerable stature. He has spoken truth, lived with truth and has been bold in saying so. For example: all research in episodes leading to Operation Blue Star reported in 'Day and Night', 'Global Punjab', FMI, etc., ... and finally unearthing truth about fake encounters in Punjab through police CAT - 'Pinky'. He is in a true sense a global Sikh. I humbly suggest to consider his name. However, I also respect the contributions of all others who have been named above.

99: Alannah Turcott (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 18, 2015, 2:25 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

100: Kaitlin Kelly (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 18, 2015, 4:04 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

101: Felicia Cornwall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 18, 2015, 5:35 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

102: Jagdeep Kaur (Canada), December 18, 2015, 7:30 PM.

My vote is for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He accomplished so much in his 35 precious years. He inspired others. He was a voice for the ones no one wanted to talk about (domestic and sexual abuse victims). He helped everyone and he even died helping someone. He was the embodiment of true leadership and seva. He brought many to the forefront. He saw leaders and encouraged them to get involved to make a change for the betterment of mankind. As someone said, "he was a giant with a big heart!"

103: Rajvinder Singh (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 18, 2015, 11:57 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

104: Hardish Singh Sekhon  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), December 19, 2015, 12:13 AM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. A man who always thought of others before himself. With his passing, it is so important to recognize his true efforts and contributions as a Sikh-Canadian.

105: N Hunjan (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 19, 2015, 12:21 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. A pillar in the Calgary, Alberta, community.

106: Dustin Singh Saran  (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada ), December 19, 2015, 1:10 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for what he has done not only for the people of his community but of his province, his country and the world. He lived for seva and helped so many people along his path. He is a role model for so many young Sikhs.

107: Jagpal Singh Chana (London, United Kingdom), December 19, 2015, 3:09 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR - for being the voice of the helpless. For his deep belief in selfless service and pursuit of excellence in himself and others around him. A fearless man with deep rooted values that exemplified and inspired strength in and love towards everyone.

108: Surjit Singh Sidhu (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), December 19, 2015, 4:26 AM.

HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN

109: Simran Singh Johal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 19, 2015, 8:52 AM.

My choice would have to be MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. This gentleman devoted his whole life to seva, he helped so many people from youth to seniors. His devotion to the community and people shows us what a great man he was.

110: Fatehpal Singh Tarney (Boca Raton, Florida, USA), December 19, 2015, 9:11 AM.

As a military veteran, my initial choice was Lt. Col HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN, Defence Minister of Canada, and then I thought of Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU who made the cabinet appointments of several Sikhs, including a Sardarni. However, further thought leads me to MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

111: Maria Siddiqui (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), December 19, 2015, 12:28 PM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He was a true public servant. A man who dedicated his life to serving the people, not just in his riding or in his province, but all people. He was a hero and will always be remembered as one.

112: Carleigh Olsen (Calgary, Alberta, Canada ), December 19, 2015, 3:04 PM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR who devoted his life to bettering others. He truly was a loving and giving man who was able to help many people who couldn't help themselves. He's an inspiration for many of what we should achieve in life and what we should stand for!

113: Tarvinder Kaur Singh (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 19, 2015, 5:57 PM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He believed in equality and wanted everyone to not only achieve their goals, but inspired everyone to reach new horizons. He preached Guru Nanak's visions with every breath.

114: Gurvir Singh Johal (Chestermere, Alberta, Canada), December 20, 2015, 7:20 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

115: Ajay Singh Atwal (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), December 20, 2015, 7:48 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

116: Balcharan Singh Bajwa (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 20, 2015, 11:00 AM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR for his outstanding devotion to humanity and all cultures. His way of inspired people and helped them fulfill their dreams. He was a true hero.

117: Rippandeep Singh Shergill (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 20, 2015, 4:16 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR - he was a hero and will always be remembered as one.

118: Balwinder Singh Marwaha  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada ), December 20, 2015, 11:03 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR - an inspiration to everyone, young and old. A true embodiment of seva.

119: Gurpreet Singh (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), December 21, 2015, 8:01 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. Bapu SURAT SINGH should be recognized as well.

120: Hamreet Kaur Sekhon (Calgary, Alberta, Canada ), December 21, 2015, 4:29 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for inspiring thousands, and giving hope and faith to them. Manmeet was the youngest MLA, elected in the Alberta legislature in 2008. As a proud Sikh-Canadian, he often spoke about how his religion guided him and shaped him; he was a man who would ask God for strength, so he could continue practicing seva, ensuring the world understood what it truly meant to be Sikh. In his last few weeks, he spoke in the Alberta Legislature on the horrific acts that occurred in India in 1984 -- something that I will never forget. Manmeet spent countless hours trying to bring Sikhs living in Afghanistan home, and where might home be? A place where the hundreds of Sikh-Afghan men, women and children could safely practice their faith, and safely go to the gurdwara to pray and not fear for their livelihood. Such work will continue because Manmeet inspired so many people not only in Canada but across the globe. He left this world too soon, but the time he had spent on here, he spent fighting for others and protecting others. He embodied all that was good, and never took life for granted.

121: Harjit Kaur Lail  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 21, 2015, 8:06 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR for all he did and everything he inspired.

122: Prabh Kaur (Toronto, Ontario, Canada ), December 21, 2015, 10:28 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR for his lifetime of service. He embodied what it means to be a Sikh, his example will live on for generations to come.

123: Mandeep Singh Thethy (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), December 24, 2015, 10:25 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR is my nomination for his life of service and how he inspired and affected the lives of so many in the Sikh community as well as those outside.

124: Alicia (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:02 PM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR ... his hard work has inspired others.

125: Surina Kiran Bhardwaj (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:05 PM.

I vote for MANMMET SINGH BHULLAR. His devotion and dedication to serving others is an attribute many wish to have. He has inspired so many people of all ages to be the best they can be and to always try to help others.

126: Sonia Kaur Brar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:06 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. For his lifelong dedication to helping others.

127: Am (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:06 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He embodied the meaning of seva. He fought for anyone who needed help, made it a mission to put the pugghg (turban) first and wanted it recognized by the world as a symbol of duty and selflessness; he held it in the highest regard. I think whoever gets this honour this year will make us proud but would love to see if it went to the peaceful warrior, Manmeet Singh, who died because he stopped to help someone in need.

128: Sukh Singh Johal (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:09 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

129: Pavi Singh Lally (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:11 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

130: Bobby Singh Toor (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:23 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. An amazing inspiration.

131: Tony Singh Dhaliwal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:28 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR was everything that is pure.

132: Vic Singh Chahal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:29 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR.

133: Bobby Singh Randhawa (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:30 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. His dedication, commitment, and tireless seva to better our community and our Canadian society stands him out. Though his life was ended short, his accomplishments were endless. He shook the world while he was here and awoke an army of sevadars upon his death who together will continue his work.

134: Stacey Olar (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:31 PM.

MANMMET SINGH BHULLAR embodied the true meaning of Sikhism. His honest desire to serve others in any way is a lasting inspiration to all of us. I have never met any other person who took any challenge given to him and turned it into a welcome opportunity to do seva. He welcomed people in the most vulnerable situations and made it his life's mission to help and serve them. He made sure that any issue you were facing was now his issue as well. His giving and selfless nature went above and beyond the call. For all these reasons and so many more, he is very deserving of the honor of Chic Sikh of the Year 2015 and more.

135: Tarandeep  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:36 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR's life was dedicated to serving his community. He gave inspiration and courage to people of every background. His religion gave him the spiritual strength to help him through the difficult tasks he was given as Minister of Alberta Services. He was a true Sikh and Canadian who spent his life helping others.

136: Jasprit Singh Lail (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 3:39 PM.

I vote for MANMMET SINGH BHULLAR.

137: Kawaljit Singh Chahal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:08 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. For all his seva to humanity. For doing the 'right thing', always. For putting others ahead of himself. For helping others be better. For leaving us with so many loving memories.

138: Rajkanwal Singh Sidhu (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:13 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

139: Rav Singh Hundal (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:26 PM.

MAñMEET SíGH BHULLAR. He always wanted Sikhs to excel. He sacrificed his own life to help another.

140: Jagjiwan Singh Johal (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:29 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for inspiring me and many others, for living his life as a true and proud Sikh, Canadian, son, brother, husband, friend. An embodiment of Sikh values.

141: Vickramjit Singh Chahal (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:30 PM.

MANMMET SINGH BHULLAR. He represented everything it meant to be a Sikh. He lived by example and died in the selfless service of others. There is no better embodiment of seva this year, in my humble opinion.

142: Shummy Singh Samra  (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:32 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He was not only a public servant but he embodied the ideology of a man you'd be proud to call your friend. He was a son every mother dreams. He was a brother who was looked up to even by those 20 years his senior. But what made him unique was his outlook on life and his love for humanity. Some knew him as Meeta and some as MANMEET ... No matter what you called him, he was the same person, professionally and personally.

143: Dalbir Singh Hundal (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:35 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR was an outstanding citizen. I had the privilege of meeting him on a few occasions. The work he did for the Sikh-Canadian community and Canadians at large was unbelievable. He worked tirelessly for all. I believe he is the perfect candidate for Chic Sikh of this year.

144: Tej Singh Sangha  (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 4:35 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

145: Sarb Singh Lail (Chestermere, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 5:07 PM.

I want to vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He passed away in a car accident in November 2015 helping a fellow motorist on the highway. He was an MLA in the Alberta legislature and was a great public servant and embodies the true spirit of Seva.

146: Gurpreet Lail (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 25, 2015, 9:15 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He embodied the true meaning of Sikhi and exemplified it in his everyday life. He was a role model for the young and an inspiring figure who encouraged all to do better and make their community better. His accomplishments in his personal and professional endeavours have transcended borders. He was a true hero.

147: Tarandeep Samra (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 12:01 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, for being an inspiration to everyone, and for being devoted to helping everyone in need.

148: Mandeep Gill (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 12:11 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR was a true Sikh. Not only did he help our people, he would help all faiths in any situation and would always put them first. He was an amazing person with a huge heart and soul. If we could only be half the person he was, the world would be a better place!

149: Robb Hawn (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 12:30 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR. He died how he lived ... in the service of others.

150: Balpreet Singh Gill (Canada), December 26, 2015, 1:08 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR is what this world needs! A humanitarian. So honoured just to have known him.

151: Kamalpreet Gill (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), December 26, 2015, 8:41 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

152: Jaskreet Johal  (New York, USA ), December 26, 2015, 8:47 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR was a gentle giant who had devoted his life to seva and died doing what he loved ... seva. He was and still is a great role model not only for Sikhs but mankind. By being so selfless he has left a mark on the world.

153: Jas Lally (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 11:38 AM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

154: Manpreet Kaur Jass (London, United Kingdom), December 26, 2015, 12:42 PM.

I would like to nominate JYOTVEER SINGH, the founder of AnonCare. Jyotveer has been working tirelessly to infuse technology and Sikh-inspired values of care and compassion for the greater good. He really is the Mark Zuckerberg of our community. Jyotveer identified that in the UK and around the world, there was a concern that despite the increasing sophistication of healthcare and huge resources devoted to it, it is still failing at a fundamental level, often compromising age old qualities of human kindness to deliver targets. He felt that although care and compassion are the essential values for healthcare, they also resonate as virtues of all major religious traditions of the world, being their core principles of faith. Jyotveer felt there was much the NHS could draw from the powerful acts of selfless service, care and devotion. He then developed a new App inspired by Sikh values to support users to capture and share inspiring moments, helping uplift others through motivating posts and interactions. Driven by the slogan, “No one is a stranger, I am friend of all”, the compassion App encourages local communities to go beyond self-interest and give of oneself for the good of the other. The AnonCare App fuses technology and age old values to create a shared responsibility for the well-being of others. Through positive interactions, users are actively encouraged to empower and inspire others in isolation or poor health. Current trending conversions on AnonCare include ‘acts of kindness’, ‘daily inspiration’ and ‘beautiful photos’, showcasing AnonCare as a force for good. What is truly innovative and unique is that AnonCare network goes beyond the ‘comment, share and like’ features of traditional networks, introducing ‘wish well’ and ‘offer a prayer’ on wall posts, helping compassion go viral. Jyotveer has been funding this project by himself for the benefit of humanity. He works to propagate Sikh principles and enhance the dignity of all faiths by showcasing to the NHS that nothing but good emanates from faith. He actively invites people from all religious backgrounds to join AnonCare and uplift patients who are sick and unwell on the system. By doing this, he aims to enhance the dignity of Dharam (faith) as a force for good. In an era where technology is becoming increasingly important, Jyotveer has merged Sikh values in creating something very powerful.

155: Manjit Kaur (United States), December 26, 2015, 2:41 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

156: Sukhdeep Singh Lail (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 26, 2015, 7:16 PM.

I vote for MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR, a man who thought of others before himself. He dedicated his life to seva and helping his community. A true hero in our community!

157: Manpreet (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 7:30 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

158: Yasmika (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 7:32 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

159: Cindy Kaur Randhawa (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), December 26, 2015, 7:37 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

160: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), December 26, 2015, 7:42 PM.

Lt Col HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN is no doubt the most deserving, in my mind.

161: Taran Singh  (Gravesend, Kent, United Kingdom), December 26, 2015, 8:15 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

162: Julie Kaur Gill (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), December 26, 2015, 8:53 PM.

MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR

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