Vishal G Arora, a Canadian with roots in Punjab, has been honoured with the Long Term Service Award for his contribution towards the community on May 15. Brompton Mayor Susan Fennel conferred the award on Arora at the annual Citizen Awards Ceremony. Arora has promoted arts and culture in Brampton as the Community Outreach and Business Advisor for the Academy of Creative Arts. He was a inspiring force behind programs as Speak Out in his province, an event that was designed for the youth and by the youth and educated them about the political process and motivated them to get involved and engage with it.
Recalling his roots in Punjab while talking to HT, 28-year-old Arora said that his family migrated from Punjab in the early 1980s. "I have completed my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and am working towards my MBA. My fathers' family own restaurants in Moga, which my grandfather started," he said.
"I feel honoured and I am grateful to the Academy of Creative Arts for nominating me and to the City of Brampton for presenting me with this award," he said at the Award ceremony.
The 2013 Citizen Award is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the City of Brampton, offering recognition to outstanding citizens in our community. Arora is also a volunteer member of the
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and chairs the committee and founder of the Ontario Punjabi Association, which has spread to across nine universities in Ontario.
"I had taken my grandparents to the awards ceremony, without telling them that I was on the awards list. They were very thrilled, when my name was called. I am the happiest person in the room," he said.