Surrey: Shakti Society held the 17th annual Shakti Awards on March 9 in honour of International Women’s Day at the Bollywood Banquet Hall in Surrey. Fourteen women were recognized and awarded in their specific fields. The following are the Shakti Award recipients of 2019:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Rukhsana Sultan
Artistic Achievement: Sujanya Dhillon
Artistic Award of Excellence: Balinder Johal
Courage: Shakila Zareen
Community Service: Saker Senaratne
Community Service Award of Excellence: Dr. Babra Rana
Resilience Award of Excellence: Monica Gartner
Professional Achievement Award: Karen Dosanjh
Professional Achievement Award of Excellence: Monika Verma
Youth Leader: Tavisha Kochhar
This year’s event raised $24,000. The proceeds will go towards scholarships and Shakti Society.
The evening was a celebration of women’s accomplishments which began with an inspiring key note address by Senator Mobina Jaffer. This was followed by the presentation of the Shakti Awards, entertainment, a fashion show, delicious dinner and dance. Five scholarships were also awarded to female students graduating in June 2019 who have demonstrated resilience in the face of several challenges and are in financial need.
We thank all of our sponsors, donors, artists, volunteers, and supporters who helped make the event a success.
To learn more about Shakti Society, contact Sonia at 604-307-8796, Anu at 604-551-3287 or visit http://www.shaktisociety.com/