PACE Canada Society
Board of Directors
Mr. Charan Gill
Charan Gill is the founding president of Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society and for the past 23 years has been working as the CEO of the Society. He is also CEO of PACE Canada College. Under his leadership, the Society has effectively addressed the socio-economic needs of the community at large. He has taken his many years of experience as a Social Worker and Community Activist to work on developing and implementing practical solutions to the community’s needs. For over 32 years, he has worked directly with immigrants, youth, seniors and the working poor. PICS was established in 1987 as a one-man organization. It has now developed into a major community organization with over 100 staff members. We offer many programs and services including language and settlement services, employment programs, housing for seniors, training, and programs for women and youth. Charan, in his role as CEO of PICS, has also successfully established a multicultural seniors housing facility and adult day care center. These housing projects are both innovative and unique and were a direct response to the changing familial dynamics within the Asian community.
Charan has received the following awards for his continuous community work: the Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the Top 25 Immigrants in Canada award in 2010, the BC Community Achievement Award in 2010, the Mewa Singh Lopoke Award in 2007, the GOPIO International Community Service Award in 2007, the Humanitarian Award by Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association (PCCA) in 2006, the Operation Remembrance Award by RCMP in 2006, United Way’s honored Van-Dusen Community Service Award in 2002, the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the prestigious Order of BC in 1999 and the BC Human Rights Award by MOSAIC in 1983.
Mr. Sarup Mann
Sarup Mann lives in Vancouver where he is President of Ansatel Communications Inc., providing sales and service for business clients including telecommunication equipment, network and fiber-optic installations. Ansatel is one of Canada’s leading converged communications providers offering combined data and voice solutions. Solutions are integrated and innovative thereby helping clients grow seamlessly into the future.
Mr. Mann is a founding Board member of both PACE College Surrey BC and Pacific Youth Robotic Society Vancouver BC. He serves as a volunteer with numerous community organizations. He is a member of the Simon Fraser University India Advisory Council and the UBC Partnership Advisory Committee (Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Punjab, India). He is Regional Convenor, West for the Canada India Foundation. He is also founding board member and current President of the Canada India Education society. He is on the international advisory committees of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Punjab, India.
Sarup Mann is dedicated to promoting relations between Canada and India, and promoting the Indo Canadian community. He passionately believes in higher education and research as the means for creating employment and prosperity for all.
Mr. Amrik Sangha
Member at Large
Amrik is a successful entrepreneur and the founding Board member of PACE Canada College . Mr. Sangha immigrated to Canada over three decades ago. He arrived with pocket change but profound and earnest desire for improving status quo of all. His consistent hard work and noble intent to bridge gaps between the ethnic communities, established him as one of the revered personalities in the community. Mr. Sangha is very well known for his relentless volunteer service. Always making sure no one is left behind. The community is his family. As an executive of some very renowned companies, he maintains that only team work, dedication, sincerity and devotion can assist in the process of being a part of the universal solution.
Mr. Vasant Lakhani
Member at Large
Vasant is the founding Board member of PACE Canada College and is a retired community worker & activist. He travels to India and Africa to provide social services to the needy people. Each year he has been conducting ICAMP in India as well as in Africa.
Mr. Roger Elmes
Member at Large
Roger is the founding Board member of PACE Canada College and received his BA at McMaster University and MA from Carleton University majoring in Canadian Studies. Roger served as an Officer Cadet and Officer in the Canadian Navy serving the East and West Coasts and Great Lakes for 9 years. Roger was a founding faculty member of Douglas College in 1970 and is currently a consultant and Dean Emeritus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Roger founded the Cultural Identity and Diversity Awareness Committee in 1989 and chaired it for 10 years leading to Kwantlen winning the SDISS Cultural Diversity Award. He was Chair, National Consortium of Schools, Colleges and Universities in New Information Technology – this organization transmitted the first graphics coast to coast over telephone systems 1983.
Mr. Inderjeet Hundal
Member at Large
Inderjeet joined PICS in 2006 and is the Administrator of PICS Seniors’ Care Facilities. As Administrator, he is responsible for planning, organizing and administrating the entire Assisted Living, Senior Residence and Adult Day programs. Prior to joining PICS, Inderjeet was a Member with the Workers Compensation Review Board and Vice-Chair of the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal of BC (1993 -2006) where he presided over workplace injury claims. As Vice-Chair, Inderjeet participated in hearings throughout BC. Inderjeet has lived in Canada since 1975 and has been actively involved in the community.
Mr. Sarwan Boal
Sarwan Boal was appointed to Workers, Compensation Appeal Tribunal(WCAT) as a vice chair in March,2003. Prior to his appointment at WCAT, he served as an Appeal Commissioner at the Appeal Division of the Workers, Compensation Board of B.C.from 1991 to 2003. Before joining the Appeal Division, he was a member of the Canadian Farm-workers Organizing Committee from 1979 to 1980 when they formed The Canadian Farm-workers Union (CFU) and then he became the Secretary-Treasurer of CFU. He became the President of CFU in 1986 and remained president until 1991 and then moved on to the profession where he is today.