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Shakti Awards 2019 Celebrated International Women’s Day at Bollywood Banquet Hall in Surrey

Shakti Society held the 17th annual Shakti Awards on March 9th 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:

Shakti Award of Exemplary Leadership: Senator Mobina Jaffer

Lifetime Achievement Award: Rukhsana Sultan

Artistic Achievement: Sujanya Dhillon

Artistic Award of Excellence: Balinder Johal

Business Award of Excellence: Kamaljit Kaur Lehal

Courage: Shakila Zareen

Community Service: Saker Senaratne

Community Service Award of Excellence: Dr. Babra Rana

Resilience: Amandeep Gill

Resilience Award of Excellence: Monica Gartner

Professional Achievement Award: Karen Dosanjh

Professional Achievement Award of Excellence: Monika Verma

Community Leader: Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning

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

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