Name: Prof. Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation
Presented By: Perminder Chohan, Desjardins
The Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation (PMSMF) is a non-political, non-profit organization formed to preserve the memory of South Asian Canadian pioneers, while promoting the continued growth of an open, tolerant, and ‘just society’. It aims at promoting freedom and democracy, protecting human rights, bridging cultural diversity and building cultural harmony. PMSMF uses a wide range of tools to advance its goals, including cultural events such as the “Gadri Babian Da” Mela, community outreach activities, and partnerships with local, provincial and federal governments, non-governmental organizations, and individual citizens who share similar goals. Members of the Foundation include current and past members of Parliament, and Provincial and municipal leaders.
The Foundation advocates on behalf of all victims of the Komagata Maru tragedy. In 2002, PMSMF presented a petition to the Canadian Parliament signed by thousands of Canadians demanding an official acknowledgement and apology for the unfortunate Komagata Maru incident on Canadian soil. PMSMF also advocates the recognition of Canadians, both South-Asian-Canadians and from the community at large, who played a very important and positive role during the two month-long ordeal for passengers of the ship in Burrard Inlet.