Board of Directors

Dr. Charan Gill

Dr. Charan Gill

CEO

Charan Gill is the founding president of Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society and for the past 27 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 nearly 40 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.

In 2013 Charan received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Mr. Sarup Mann

Mr. Sarup Mann

Vice President

Sarup Mann lives in Vancouver where he is the President of Ansatel Communications Inc., which provides sales and service for business clients including telecommunication equipment and 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. Roger Elmes

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.
Dr. Gharib S Pannu

Dr. Gharib S Pannu

President

Gharib Singh Pannu, M.A.(Punjab), Dip.T.E.O. and P.G.C.E (Manchester), Ph.D.(Exeter), has extensive experience in the field of teaching English as a Second Language and teacher education in the United Kingdom as well as in overseas countries under the aegis of the British Council and Overseas Development Administration (UK). Gharib held university assignments in the Republic of Libya, Republic of Kiribati, and the Yemen Arab Republic where he taught English Language, English Teaching Methodology, Phonetics, Syllabus Design and Curriculum Development to teacher trainees of English language. Having taught English language courses at different levels at the English Language Institute at the University of British Columbia, Gharib retired in 2002.

In addition to pursuing his full-time profession in education in England (1960 – 95), Gharib had also been interested in Volunteer Work and had participated in international student volunteer camps twice in Germany and once in Holland during his U.K. summer vacations. He had also made a memorable road trip in his Volkswagen Beetle car from London to his birthplace in Punjab (India) in 1965.

Apart from writing his dissertation for the Diploma in Teaching English Overseas, ‘A Phonological Comparative Study of Certain Punjabi and English Consonants’ and writing his thesis for the completion of his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Applied Linguistics, he has written a concise booklet ‘Essential Precepts of Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ (1973) for internal use by Libyan teachers of English, University of Libya, Tripoli; English for Form One units 1 – 20 for use in Kiribati primary schools written and produced (1986) as a joint project by Tarawa Teachers College, Republic of Kiribati and Australian Development Aid Bureau (ADAB) during his assignment at the time as the Senior Lecturer in English and Deputy Principal of the Tarawa Teachers College, Republic of Kiribati; and an English Specialist Programme: Reading and Composition Units 1 – 16 Course book for First Year University students (1992), University of Sana’a, Faculty of Education, Hodeidah, Yemen Arab Republic. In addition to English and Punjabi, Gharib can reasonably handle Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Spanish and Kiribatese languages. He has also co-authored two books: Biography of Charanpal Singh Gill (2010) CEO, and Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS) and the Twenty Five Year History of the PICS Society (2012).

In recognition of Gharib’s services and contribution to the teaching and training of, te Kiribati teachers of English, the Kiribati Ministry of Education and the Tarawa Teachers College named one of the College residential dormitories bearing his name as “PANNU DORM”, the unveiling of which he witnessed from the College maneaba (ceremonial thatch-roofed hall) at his farewell function in 1987. It was indeed an extremely pleasant moment for him. He was leaving the islands (Kiribati) and its people (I-Kiribati) having served them for twelve years.

Mr. Sarwan Boal

Mr. Sarwan Boal

Treasurer/Secretary

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.
Mr. Ramesh Singal

Mr. Ramesh Singal

Member at Large

Ramesh Singal has taught English and French, worked for the Quebec civil service and in many other areas including social services, business, organic farming and politics. Retired, his hobbies include travelling, gardening and volunteer work. He lives in Burnaby with his wife Melinda and their son Sunil.

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