Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is proud of youth at L.A Math – eson Secondary School in Surrey who have decided to dedicate the next 4 years for fundraising towards Guru Nanak Diversity Village (GNDV). L.A. Matheson students and teachers chose to actively fundraise during April to celebrate Vaisakhi and Sikh Heritage Month, raising $7,000 in just 3 weeks! This is just the beginning and the efforts are going to continue over the next four years to raise more funds. Inspired by the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s principle of “Seva – Selfless Service”, the youth took the initiative to contrib – ute their efforts in a meaningful manner and also involved their families and friends to support GNDV.

Mr. Peter Johnston, Principal at L.A. Matheson said, “I am so impressed with the extraordi – nary efforts put forward by our Mustangs in fundraising. Our students are hard working and have build capacity in connect – ing with the community to make a difference. They were able to raise 10 times more than their original goal of 700 and this speaks to their dedication and commitment to the cause”

COVID-19 pandemic has taught the importance of qual – ity publicly-funded care for our seniors. PICS Society currently delivers an Adult Day program, Senior Independent and Assisted Living Facility programs. This culturally-sensitive long-term care facility is a step towards that direction and will bridge the gap between existing culturallysensitive programs by providing long-term care services to our seniors. Construction for the facility, to be located in Surrey, is to start in late 2022 and it will be operational with seniors residing by 2024.

“On behalf of PICS Society, I want to thank and commend the participating students and teach – ers of L.A. Matheson for choos – ing to fundraise for this impor – tant community project for our seniors,” said Satbir Cheema, President and CEO of PICS. “It is very heartening to see our youth taking this initiative and in turn raising the bar manifold for the rest of us.

Now, I am very confident that we will definitely exceed our target of fundrais – ing $5 million for the GNDV project.” GNDV is a $58.3 million provincially funded project, with $5 million to be raised through community contributions. This 125-bed, 3-storey long-term senior care home is a project for the com – munity, by the community. “We hope the initiative taken by L.A Matheson students and teachers, will inspire others in the com – munity to initiate fundraising activities towards Guru Nanak Diversity Village,” said Ankita Grewal, Fundraising Officer for Guru Nanak Diversity Village. “I encourage other local schools and organizations to connect with us and share their ideas.”

Through community’s positive and generous support, over $1 million has already been raised for the facility. If anyone would like to collaborate or donate to Guru Nanak Diversity Village, you may contact or send in your donations directly to PICS Soci – ety. Tax receipts will be issued for all eligible donations.