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Celebrating Womanhood: South Asian women elevating boundaries and redefining success

Monica Sethi Darpan, 19 Mar, 2024
  • Celebrating Womanhood: South Asian women elevating boundaries and redefining success

Featuring stories of seven South Asian women in BC who are Elevating Boundaries and Redefining Success.

Darpan Magazine proudly presents its March-April cover story, featuring seven remarkable South Asian women who have pursued their dreams even when walking alone on the path or when they seemed difficult and distant to attain. These women have redefined success not only for themselves but also for the community. This feature serves as a precursor to the DARPAN Power Women of Influence gala, dedicated to celebrating women's achievements and inspiring others within the community.

In 2020, the magazine decided to spotlight South Asian women in British Columbia who discovered their purpose and voice, sharing their inspiring stories. Regardless of diverse professional backgrounds, these women exhibit resilience, hard work, and unwavering commitment to their life's calling. Get to know this year's achievers whose journeys have strengthened them and made them truly unstoppable.

In British Columbia, there are so many remarkable South Asian women who are leaders in their respective fields. Be it in politics, health, social work, business, or broadcasting – their contribution has been crucial for the growth and development of the province and BC’s South Asian community.

These brilliant women have strived to reach their goals; they have shattered the glass ceiling to turn their dreams into reality. They have not let anyone hold them back – and that is our message for young South Asian women and girls who have big dreams. Don’t let anything or anyone hold you back! 

Meet this year's achievers whose journeys have only made them stronger, even unstoppable.

 

Photo: Fahad Photo

Venue: VanGogh Designs Furniture, Surrey 

 

Meet BC’s seven South Asian female role models as they share their thoughts, aspirations and advice with DARPAN. They are superwomen in their own right and a wonderful example of female power.

 

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Dr.Shohini Ghose, CTO, Quantum Algorithms Institute Quantum Physicist

Dr.Ghose stands at the forefront of quantum research, holding the position of Chief Technology Officer at the Quantum Algorithms InstituteIn 2013, she established the Center for Women in Science (WinS) at Wilfrid Laurier University. WinS addresses the systemic barriers and biases against women in STEM fields, fostering a more inclusive environment and creating pathways for women's careers in science. ..... CLICK TO READ HER STORY

Bisman Arora, CEO, Excel Career College 

Arora's family, entrenched in the educational consulting business for over 27 years, provided the backdrop for her early exposure to the world of education. This foundation instilled in her the confidence to envision owning and operating a private post-secondary education institute. At 25, she made history as perhaps the youngest private post-secondary institute owner in an industry where most CEOs are aged 30-40.....CLICK TO READ HER STORY

Radha Curpen, Vice Chair and Vancouver Managing Partner & National Leader, ESG Strategy and Solutions, Co-Head Environmental Law Practice Bennett Jones LLP

When she was 16, she delved into the environmental law landscape in the 1990s. Driven by a passion for bridging the gap between aspiration and reality, she recognized ESG as a transformative tool for decision-making, enabling firms to navigate complexities and future-proof their operations.From Winnipeg to Toronto and eventually to New York City, Curpen's adaptability and resilience in embracing change have been pivotal in her career. She is Francophone and practices law in both official languages, a unique attribute that distinguishes her in her field. .....CLICK TO READ HER STORY

Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Writer

As an instructor at KPU and an active participant in the literary community, Saklikar's influence extends beyond her pen. Serving on boards, conducting workshops, and volunteering in organizations like the Surrey International Writers Conference, she has become a vital force, nurturing both her creative practice and the aspiring writers around her......CLICK TO READ HER STORY

Harp Sohal, Founder & Creative Director Pink Orchid Studio, Pink Orchid Studio Cosmetics harperliving.ca

At the helm of Pink Orchid Studio, Harp Sohal orchestrates a symphony of creativity, managing studios across North America, spearheading a cosmetic line, and delving into the realm of DIY and home traditions. Despite her multifaceted responsibilities, she remains a devoted full-time mom, embodying the essence of a modern woman who thrives in every aspect of her life. .... CLICK TO READ HER STORY

Dr.Ramneek Dosanjh, MD CCFP Physician, Past President of Doctors of BC, President-elect for the Federation of Medical Women of Canada

Dosanjh's accomplishments resonate deeply with her dedication to healthcare transformation. Elected as the second woman of colour in 122 years to be President-elect of Doctors of BC in 2021. As a hospitalist with clinical responsibilities at Peacearch Hospital, Dosanjh combines her medical expertise with a commitment to advancing women's health issues. Her advocacy now extends to global platforms, where she will present at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, emphasizing women's empowerment and healthcare equity. ..... CLICK TO READ HER STORY

Sofia Walia, Field Hockey Player U-18 National Team Coach Canada

 Starting at 5, when there were no girls' teams, Walia embraced every sport until 14, when she earned a spot in the senior national field hockey team, representing Canada. This marked the beginning of a remarkable career. At 17, Walia received multiple NCAA offers and secured a Full Ride scholarship at Rutgers University, playing Division 1 field hockey. Majoring in Public Health and minoring in Psychology and Education, she managed a full academic load while excelling in sports.

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Venue: Vangogh Designs Furniture, Surrey 

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