BIOGRAPHY COMMEMORATES LIFE OF PROMINENT CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST GURCHARAN SINGH BHATIA

Edmonton, Alberta – July 3, 2014

The book Truth, Love, Non-Violence: The Story of Gurcharan Singh Bhatia is now available. This biography tells the story of a prominent Indo-Canadian human rights activist and member of the Order of Canada.

Written by Edmonton journalist and poet Alexis Kienlen, Truth, Love, Non-Violence explores the life of Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, following him from his youth in a turbulent India during the partition where 67 of his family members were murdered, through to his immigration to Canada and eventual installation in Edmonton, Alberta where he founded several organizations and community initiatives to assist newcomers and to promote multiculturalism and his vision for a more tolerant, peaceful and integrated Canadian society.

Among the highlights covered in the Truth, Love, Non-Violence: Mr. Bhatia’s experience as a young man in India surviving partition, his years as one of the first Sikh immigrants to the prairies, his time on the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and his many contributions to Canada.

The book was launched on June 18, 2014 to a crowd of over 135 attendees and featured an introduction from Gene Zwozdesky, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, who said about reading the book: “When I worked with Gurcharan on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1998, I observed the passion he had for human rights.  What I didn’t realize—until now—is that he had also lived it.” Mr. Bhatia and author Alexis Kienlen also spoke and read from the book. More readings in the Edmonton area are scheduled for the fall.

Copies of Truth, Love, Non-Violence are available for purchase at www.amazon.ca. Copies for review are also available. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the book will go to Edmonton community initiative Daughters Day.

Daughters Day was co-founded by Gurcharan Singh Bhatia and takes place at the beginning of September every year. It celebrates women of all ages and ethnicities as integral to the solution of ending violence against women across the globe. For more information about Daughters Day, please go to www.daughters-day.com

Contact:

Alexis Kienlen
http://www.alexiskienlen.com
780-668-3121
alexiskienlen@hotmail.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Two books linked to Edmonton-founded Daughters Day and Citizens for a Civil Society to be launched at NorQuest College on June 18, 2014.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Two books linked to Edmonton-founded Daughters Day and Citizens for a Civil Society to be launched at NorQuest College on June 18, 2014.

Edmonton, Alberta – June 02, 2014

The books Together, creating a better world, A handbook for community work to end gender discrimination, by Daughters Day coordinator Jim Gurnett, and Truth, Love, Non-Violence: The Story of Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, about the life of the prominent Edmonton human rights activist and longtime citizenship judge, will be launched in a joint event in the Health and Sciences building (10232-106 St) at NorQuest College on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

The launch will feature readings from both authors as well as comments from Gene Zwozdesky, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Jodi Abbott, CEO of NorQuest College. Judge Bhatia and several of the women who participated in the conversations that are the basis of the handbook will be in attendance.

Copies of both books are available for review and will be sold at the June 18 event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Daughters Day. Truth, Love, Non-Violence is also available online at www.amazon.ca.

More about Together, creating a better world

Funded by the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund of the Government of Alberta and published by the International Association of Citizens for a Civil Society, Together, creating a better world is the result of 15 conversations with women who met in late 2013 and early 2014 to discuss gender discrimination and the ways in which communities can facilitate change.

Says Jim Gurnett in his introduction to the book: “It is not a philosophical treatise on issues of gender discrimination or an encyclopedia of the issues or the measures to address the issues…It is a modest, humble hand tool. It seeks to be practical…It is intended to support building new things, constructing homes, schools, communities, even a world, where gender discrimination no longer treats some women as less than other people…”

More about Truth, Love, Non-Violence

Written by Edmonton journalist and poet Alexis Kienlen, Truth, Love, Non-Violence explores the life of Daughters Day co-founder Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, following him from his youth in a turbulent India during the partition, through to his immigration to Canada and eventual installation in Edmonton where he founded several community groups to assist newcomers, especially those from South Asian countries, in integrating to Canadian society.

“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that his actions have made a difference to residents of Edmonton.  His work and many of the organizations he has been involved with have bettered people’s lives,” says Alexis Kienlen.

Contacts:

Alexis Kienlen                                       Jim Gurnett
780-668-3121                                        780-218-6989
alexiskienlen@hotmail.com              jimgurnett@yahoo.ca

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