Princess Margaret Secondary School’s Career Event A Great Success

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SURREY – On Wednesday, February 12over 1200 students at Princess MargaretSecondary School took part in a careerevent: “Princess Margaret School’s Ignite2014… Inspiration Starts Here!”Princess Margaret Secondary, in partnershipwith the Surrey school district’s SafeSchool department and the Associationof South Asian Professionals of BritishColumbia (ASAP) came together to puton this inaugural event.Over 40 presenters from various professionsfacilitated 45 panel sessions for studentsin grades 10 to 12. All studentsgathered in the gym for keynote speakerspeeches by: Aanikh Kler, Sam AjitThiara and Dr. Surinder Janda.Aanikh Kler, a 15- year-old entrepreneurfrom Vancouver who launched the smartphone app and social enterpriseUndrtheRadr. He was featured onCBC’s Dragon’s Den and recently spoketo 800 students on WE day. “Being ableto speak to my peer group at PrincessMargaret Secondary School is a privilegeand an honour. I hope they take awaysomething that will inspire them to createchange in their lives,” said Aanikh.Panelists from a variety of career backgroundstook part including: medicine,law enforcement, social services, business,media and education.Students were able to engage with theseprofessionals who come from a range ofcareer fields. They were encouraged toexplore some sessions with presentersfrom fields that might not necessarily betheir chosen path at this time.The Principal of Princess MargaretSecondary School, Neder Dhillon stated:“We were proud to have beenapproached to be a part of this opportunityfor our students to learn from professionals.The day certainly proved tobe even beyond what we had hoped interms of providing learning experiencesfor our students.” “Ignite 2014 was awonderful opportunity for students toexplore and learn about potential careerpaths from professionals in the communitysharing their career experiences firsthand. ASAP looks forward to continuingwith its mandate to promote the professionsand to have its members act asrole models and mentors to youth,”says Mr. Jindy Bhalla, President ofASAP.”Princess Margaret School’s Ignite 2014:Inspiration Starts Here event provedwhen you have some motivated peoplein the community working togetheryour achievements are limited only byyour imagination. If you are looking togive back and would like to be involvedin this type of event in the future contact:Harvey Kooner, Association ofSouth Asian Professionals of BC [email protected]