Nahal awarded BC honour

Vernon city councillor Dalvir Nahal has been recognized by the province with a BC Community Achievement Award. 

"What makes British Columbia a great place to call home is the generosity, dedication and commitment of British Columbians," said Premier Clark. "Thank you to the 2017 recipients for always going the extra mile for your communities, and your province."

Nahal is among 26 people who will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria on April 26, 2017. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson.

"I'm truly humbled. I wasn't expecting this," said Nahal, the creator of Bollywood Bang – an annual charity event that has grown year after year. This year, the Apr. 29 event will host 900 people and raise money for the NONA Child Development Centre.

A member of the Sikh religion, Nahal said one of its central tenets is to give back.

"That's the philosophy of our religion and it doesn't have to be just cash. It can be time, just sitting with someone or helping out in some way," Nahal said, who is often seen at community events. "Also, my parents taught us to give back to the community."

Nahal has been volunteering since she was a teenager, first collecting money for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She has also helped with efforts to raise money for two rooms at the hospital named after the Sikh faith.

"When you've been blessed, you give back," Nahal said.

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