A “Champion for multiculturalism.”
That’s how MLA Peter Fassbender is describing the Medal of Good Citizenship recipient, Surrey resident Sahib Thind.
“He’s a man who has given of himself, unselflessly, he has never expected anything in return, he invested his own resources to do this advocacy work.”
According to Fassbender, Thind was given the honour at the Teahouse in Stanley Park Thursday for his advocacy work.
“He’s been a strong advocate and was one of the people who advocated so strongly for the official apology that the province did in 2008, and the federal government in 2016.”
Fassbender says Thind spent more than 20 years working for apologies from B.C and the federal government for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, when hundreds of people emigrated from India to Canada, only to be denied access to the country.
He says Thind continuously travels across the world to address issues around discrimination and troubles that many cultures face, while paying for the resources out of his own pocket and not expecting a reward in return.
The Medal of Good Citizenship was launched in 2015 to recognize individuals who give back to their communities, and nominations are accepted all year.