Canadian politician feels nostalgic over Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 14:53 IST
Gugni Gill Panaich (HT Photo)

With an instinct to become a great leader, the young Canadian politician, Gugni Gill Panaich, born and brought up in Africa headed towards her roots back in Punjab as she feels, “I always feel connected to Punjab and even got married in the city.”

Acting as a strong activist for women’s issues in the South Asian community, her philanthropist attitude has never kept her away from her passion. Gugni, who conducted ‘women achievers awards’ in Canada, is back to her hometown to conduct it’s Indian chapter for the city women.

“I am planning to honour the women achievers in the city, for which award ceremony will be held in November. My utmost desire and reason of coming to the city was to gather momentum and support in financial and other ways for this noble initiative.”

Deeply affected by the farmer’s committing suicide, she said, “My inner conscious guided me to do something beneficial for farmers’ families here in Punjab, said Gugni. “The show is not a profitable move, as the aim is to collect funds to support the families of such farmers.”

Due to her inclination towards social causes and social justice, she chose her life partner who is a police officer and who is serving in the Canadian Forces. After her marriage, she decided to take a break from her profession and to concentrate on her family life. However, her passion to do something extraordinary has always been enticing her to search for the best avenues in life.

Being an active charity donor, she was selected as the North American brand ambassador for the Imran Khan Cancer Foundation. Recently, she has been honoured with the prestigious Mrs India United Nations (delegate) and Mrs United Nations International (1st runner up 2012/2013) awards. She was recently nominated as a Canadian Ambassador for ROKO Cancer Foundation, and she has outshined her abilities through her charity involvements, (for various hospitals around the world and cancer foundations), to which she added in high spirits, “Cancer is a rising problem these days, and I would like to extend my utmost support to the city by guiding and counseling the young ones against this deadly disease.”

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