Monday, February 19, 2018
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Community Crusader

Kamal Dhillon

Name: Kamal Dhillon

Year: 2012
Presented By: Paul Bhogal (left) and Sohal Bhogal (center), Sunrise Kitchens Ltd.

As a victim of domestic abuse, Dhillon has found a way to fight through her tragedy and help encourage others to do the same. Her autobiography, Black and Blue Sari, speaks of her arranged marriage and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. Dhillon's life was threatened constantly yet she managed to escape the torment and now advocates so others can hopefully do the same. With one in four women experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime, Dhillon’s efforts are empowering and encouraging to the many that are affected by the hushed epidemic of abuse. As a public speaker and workshop facilitator, Dhillon actively speaks up for the victims of domestic violence who cannot speak for themselves. Her motto in life is to not be silenced by the fear of the stigma surrounding domestic violence and being recognized as an inspiring leader, who empowers and raises awareness about relevant issues within the South Asian community and beyond, means just that to Dhillon. “I am blessed that through my own unimaginable atrocities, I have been able to be a voice for the voiceless and to make a difference in the lives of so many people.” She received the ‘Courage to Come Back’ Award from the Coast Mental Health Association and was invited to speak at the World Bank/International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. among many other speaking engagements that Dhillon hopes will help put an end to domestic abuse.