Annual Centennial Foundation Vaisakhi Gala to Recognize Civic, Social and Cultural Excellence

    TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - The Centennial Foundation kicks off its 11th
annual gala of Vaisakhi festivities on Saturday April 14, 2007 at 6:00 PM ET,
honouring both exemplary and extraordinary Sikhs and non-Sikhs whose
accomplishments and successes have added to the fabric of the Sikh and
Canadian Diaspora.
    Tonight, the Foundation is recognizing those who have demonstrated
leadership in their respective communities, whether it be in the forum of
media, politics, healthcare or academia.

    This years list of honourees include:

    -   Waris Ahluwalia - Rising Hollywood actor who has starred in
        blockbuster hits that include "The Inside Man" with Denzel Washington
        and "The Life Aquatic" with Bill Murray. Ahluwalia is also the
        creator and designer of his own jewelry line, "House of Waris"

    -   Dr. Sheela Basrur - Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. An
        integral force in information dissemination during Toronto's SARS

    -   Fauja Singh - A dynamic and energetic 96-year old world record
        marathoner who continues to defy the belief that age is a barrier in

    -   Dr. W. Hew McLeod - Noted scholar of Sikh literature and the English
        language. McLeod is an author, historian, academic and the face of
        Sikh scholars

    -   Amrita Singh - Founder and creator of Amrita Singh Jewelry. Singh has
        worked with elite haute couture designers including Oscar de la Renta
        and Christian Lacroix

    -   Valarie Kaur - Co-initiated and led "Sikhism in America," Stanford
        University's first course in Sikhism.

    "The evening is a celebration of individuals from the broader, global
community, who have truly excelled in all walks of life and represent the
finest of Sikh ideals and principles," said Parminder Singh, chair of the
Centennial Foundation. "We are thrilled to honour these men and women on
Vaisakhi - a high holiday that marks a defining moment in Sikh history and
    Vaisakhi is celebrated world wide and marks the beginning of the harvest
season and the Sikh New Year. For the community, it is also the day Sikhs were
given a clear identity and a code of conduct to live by.
    For more information on the evening's events or the Centennial Foundation
itself, please visit

    The Centennial Foundation

    The Centennial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in
1997 to commemorate the centenary of Sikh settlement in Canada. It has been
privileged to be in the forefront of promoting Sikh heritage and culture
through the awareness and understanding of Sikh milestones and organizing the
celebration of major Sikh and Canadian events; promoting an understanding of
the Sikh way of life amongst the community at large; creating and fostering a
positive and accurate image of Sikhs in the media; and celebrating the
participation and excellence achieved by Sikhs and non Sikhsin all aspects of
civil, social and cultural life.

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For further information: media enquiries and interview requests, please
contact: Manraj Singh Pannu, The Centennial Foundation, Media Relations, (416)

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