"Growing up in a Sikh household in Kamloops, religion was central to life. Being at the Gurudwara on Sunday was a permanent fixture. I learned kirtan and participated in seva. The permanence of religion helped to carve out the strong understanding of Nirbhau Nirvair, which translates to Without Fear, Without Hate. These two words are what I try to embody, my values. When I have faced challenges, I am not afraid of what others say about what I believe and value. Their opinion of me, does not sway me. Instead, I respect that their opinions are differ from mine. There is no hate. I work very hard to focus on the humanity of the relationship first and foremost. To get to this point, it was an internal process to get my spirituality on solid ground. Its fair to say my parents helped shape me. They taught me values of giving and respect and and the value of relationships with elders like my grandparents. They also provided opportunity to learn about how our religion was founded in activism, to embrace it, and engrained that one must work for change. Surprisingly, my biggest spiritual teachers have been my kids. Each one has taught me to look at things in their way and to unlearn ideas and embrace new ones. They have taught me to not be focused on any one goal or outcome, but to live in the moment and be committed to God’s plan. To being accountable to actionable things in life, taking the time to evaluate life, giving back, and respecting equality. As their personalities have developed, they have challenged and tested me in many ways. We regularly have conversations about what is happening in the world around them. They help me to better understand believing in something. Not fighting about one’s beliefs, but standing up and helping to implement change. As a collaborator in every realm of my life (work, community leadership, and personal) my true belief has been in respecting people and finding and focusing on the similarities that bind us, rather than the differences. This strength of our similarities helps to set things in motion and create action."