She’s been the victim of domestic violence, has survived breast cancer and is a single mom of three – two of whom suffer from chronic mental illness.
But through it all, Jaspal Kaur Sangha has triumphed, not only learning English as a second language and securing an education and career, but giving back to fellow seniors, the community and her family.
Sangha is among those being honoured at the 14th-annual Shakti Awards, recognizing women who have displayed strength and energy, locally or globally.
The awards celebrate females in seven categories. Sangha is the winner in the Resilience category.
Other winners are:
• Academic Achievement – Jessie Kaur
• Artistic Achievement – Amika Kushwaha
• Athletic Achievement – Women’s SFC Rangers
• Business and Entrepreneur – Mona Matta
• Public Service – Nalini Bhui
• Valour – Alison MacLean
The awards, founded in 2000 to celebrate International Women’s Day, will be handed out March 5, 6 p.m. at Bollywood Banquet Hall, 8166 128 St. The keynote speaker will be journalist Belle Puri.
Tickets can be purchased from Kamal’s Video, #103-8268 120 St., or by calling Sonia at 604-307-8796 or Sandhya at 778-788-6936.