A prominent businessman, philanthropist and chairman of India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas, and his wife, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 8.
Asa Singh Johal and his loving wife Kashmir Kaur Johal celebrated their special day with some friends, well-wishers and members of the Gurdwara management committee.
The Johals are great role models for others, said community activist Balwant Sanghera.
Asa Singh Johal, who just turned 96, keeps himself very active and busy.
“All of us are very proud of Mr. Johal’s generosity and wish him and Mrs. Johal a long, productive and healthy life,” said Sanghera.
December was also a special month for Ubed Singh Sidhu and his wife Nirmal Kaur Sidhu, who have also been active and serving at the Gurdwara.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a very well attended function at India Cultural Centre of Canada on Dec. 14.
The Sidhu family hosted a kirtan and langar (devotional and communal singing as well as a free meal) at the Gurdwara.
Sanghera read letters of congratulations from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier John Horgan and Richmond MLA Teresa Wat, among others.
Ubed and Nirmal were married at Samabula Gurdwara in Fiji on Dec. 14, 1968 and they moved to Canada in 1975, and have been living in Richmond with their family—Danny, Kelly and Jaya—ever since.