The South Asian Professional Network for Health Awareness (SAPNA) held its first ever Dare to Dream Awards Night and fundraiser gala recently.
The event, in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), recognized the innovative research and fundraising contributions of people from the community.
The organization–headquartered in Mississauga – aims to build a healthy community and be the voice for South Asian Canadians. This is particularly relevant since South Asians in Canada have been identified as a major risk group for certain serious chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The organization hosts seminars, South Asian health fair and at the grass roots level conduct classes on healthy cooking to people in the comfort of their homes in Brampton and other nearby areas.
“We dare to dream of a day when South Asian Canadians are aware, empowered, motivated and supported and are living, longer and healthier lives,” said Dr. Rav Kumar, president of SAPNA. “If we’re successful, the outcome is simple. We will improve the health and health awareness of South Asian Canadians”
Those honoured included: Siva Swaminathan (Grassroots, diabetes awareness), a volunteer with the Canadian Diabetes Association; Dr. Baiju Shah (Research, diabetes), a health services researcher at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and an endocrinologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Shashir Lakhani (Grassroots. cardiovascular health awareness) a volunteer with Heart & Stroke and Dr. Sonia Anand (Research, cardiovascular disease), a professor of medicine and epidemiology at McMaster University and a vascular medicine specialist.
Jason Kenney, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism was among those that attended the gala. Executive chef Michael Ewing tantalized the palates of guests with a gourmet and health conscious menu of classic South Asian dishes.
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South Asian Professional Network for Health Awareness (SAPNA) Raises funds for South Asian Health Initiatives.