ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH ASIAN PROFESSIONALS OF BC 4TH ANNUAL GALA

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AFTER three years of highly successful sold-out events, the Association of South Asian Professionals of BC (“ASAP”) is holding its fourth annual gala on Friday, September 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver with networking starting at 5:30 p.m.
The ASAP Gala 2013 is an opportunity to bring together prominent members of our community, professionals, supporters and government officials to learn more about each other, mingle, interact and be part of the solution.
The keynote speaker will be Sonya Gulati, Senior Economist of TD Bank.  Based in Toronto, Gulati joined the TD Economics department in 2010. Prior to joining TD, Sonya worked as a senior economist in the public sector, at both the provincial and federal levels, for five years.  She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from McMaster University.  Sonya is also currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Sonya’s chief responsibilities include analyzing government finances and evaluating public policy.  As a senior economist, Sonya regularly provides economic commentary to the media.  She also frequently travels across the country to give presentations to TD clients, business units, and external organizations.
ASAP Gala 2013 will provide a night to remember with networking, entertainment and a powerful speaker.  ASAP was formed in 2007 by a group of concerned South Asian Professionals from various disciplines.  The vision of ASAP is to exhibit social responsibility through positive action in the general community, foster leadership by acting as role models and mentors, and provide a forum for South Asians to network, all in a professional manner.
ASAP asks for your support to help resolve the issues that affect our community and the general community. Their goal is to make a difference through positive action rather than mere words.   ASAP believes that together we can help guide our youth to achieve great success and help improve the perception of South Asians in the general community.
ASAP strives to recruit individuals who are looking to make a difference.  For those who join the team of professionals in volunteering; here are a few ways you can participate:
* Walter Moberly Elementary School & David Thompson Secondary Mentorship Program: Started January 2010, ASAP members speak to elementary school aged children monthly at Walter Moberly Elementary School.  ASAP role models discuss their career path and help children learn about options for their future.  Help ASAP expand this program to other schools.
* Hot Dogs for the Homeless Campaigns / Blanket and Clothing Drives: Since 2008, ASAP has been handing out thousands of free hot dog, other food, blankets and clothing to the underprivileged in the downtown eastside.  Each time ASAP does these events, there is a sense of fulfillment when you really appreciate everything that we often take for granted.  Volunteering at this event brings perspective to your life.
* Awareness Campaigns: Promote Stem Cell registry sign up by South Asians.  Spend a day building homes with Habitat for Humanity or lending a hand at the Vancouver Food Bank.  Join the ASAP team for the World Partnership Walk, Surrey Christmas Bureau Toy Drive, The Victor Ghirra Toy Drive and many other campaigns upcoming.
* ASAP Networking Nights: Since 2008, ASAP has had a full house at each of its networking nights.  This is a great way to get to know other professionals in the Lower Mainland area and help ASAP raise awareness.
Tickets are $85 each and will be allocated on a first paid basis only.  Tables of eight can be purchased for $680.  Tickets and sponsorship enquiries can be made through Jindy Bhalla, ASAP President: jbhalla@ekb.com
“This will be a great opportunity for South Asian professionals to meet and network in a social setting.  Attendees will hear from our members about how we are making a difference in the mainstream and South Asian communities by engaging in socially responsible activities and acting as mentors and role models for youth.  Come and meet your fellow South Asian professionals and learn how you too can make a difference by giving back to the community.   Your involvement is only limited by your imagination,” said Jindy Bhalla, President of ASAP.
For more information contact: Jindy Bhalla: jbhalla@ekb.com