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Mississauga – Sukhmani Haven is set to host its inaugural fundraising gala dinner event featuring special guests, community leaders and diverse stakeholders. Sukhmani Haven is a new not-for-profit organization that will advocate on behalf of and provide support for Ontario Punjabi international students.

The gala will take place on Tuesday September 13 at Versailles Convention Centre in Mississauga. The event will include a keynote address by Ramneet Brar. Awarded as a Top 10 Women Entrepreneur in Canada 2021, she is helping build Isempower, a tech enabled platform helping international students build their dream career in Canada. Prominent guests including Ontario Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria,  Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, local city councilors and more will be in attendance. The event is expected to be sold out with more than 500 people in attendance.

“We are overcome with the  amazing support we have received from the entire community that has come together to raise funds to support international students,” said Baljit Sikand, Chair of the Board of Directors of Sukhmani Haven. “From individual donors to local businesses to corporate and public sector organizations,  we’ve seen an outpouring of generosity and recognition that there is a huge need to do more for the young people who are coming to Canada, to study, work and live. If they are successful our communities,our province and our whole country will also grow and prosper.”

Launched in the city of Mississauga, Sukhmani Haven aims to provide emotional, financial, housing, and mental health support to Punjabi international students studying, working, and living in Peel Region and beyond.  Sukhmani Haven will advocate for fair employment policies, protection from exploitation, funding for social infrastructure and other issues that affect the international student community. Funds raised will support provision of immediate emergency housing for students in distress and other initiatives.

Each year, thousands of international students migrate from Punjab, India, to Ontario, Canada, in search of a brighter future. But for international students in Canada, the path to a better life is often riddled with financial strains, abuse, exploitation, and isolation. Almost 30% of international students studying in educational institutes in our region are Punjabi.