The Indo-Canadian Business Association of British Columbia (ICBABC) held their 19th Annual Achievement Awards Ceremony at Aria Banquet Hall on Friday, May 11. This event was a huge success, with a sold-out crowd of over 600 people. Students were recognized for their academic excellence, leadership, athleticism, and community involvement.
ICBABC was formed in 1992 and has established itself as a well respected non-profit organization in the community. The directors of this group take pride in being able to give back to the community, to help recognize students and help them achieve their educational goals. Education is the key to bright futures and being part of each student’s journey is rewarding.
Since its inception, ICBABC has raised almost $500,000 in scholarships and other projects. Each year the number of sponsors, scholarship applications and recipients are growing. The scholarships are provided in three areas: Academic, Sports, and Special Needs. The number of qualified applicants is impressive with students that have maintained very high marks and have also volunteered in the community. These students come from across British Columbia.
A sponsorship committee that is independent of the board processed over 140 applications this year and of those, 16 were selected. There were also many sponsors that stepped up to the plate to either donate funds or provide their services for the event. The comradery within the community is remarkable and it is our hope that we inspire our youth to make a difference in the future.
ICBABC also started a collaboration with SFU for three years, where Punjabi classes are offered at the Surrey campus for the first time. ICBABC arranged a contribution of $30,000 ($10,000 for a period of three years). This commitment has now been fulfilled and it is our hope that the enrollment numbers remain positive and that the classes continue in the future.
As we reflect on the event, we are very excited for 2019, where we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary. We look forward to meeting new students and receiving overwhelming support from the community by participating, donating, and attending this event.