Bains appointed director of UCFV
Vancouver, October 19, 2006
Bains named director of UCFV’s new Centre for
After an extensive search and recruiting process, Satwinder Bains
of Abbotsford has been chosen as the the Director of the Centre
for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University College of the Fraser
“We are extremely lucky to have been able to recruit someone
like Satwinder,” said UCFV Dean of Research Yvon Dandurand.
“She is very familiar with both our own institution and the
Indo-Canadian community. Anyone who knows Satwinder knows that she
will bring an incredible amount of energy and leadership to this
most important project. We are truly lucky to have been able to
convince her to take on this responsibility for the first three
years of the new centre’s existence.”
Bains has been involved in the planning the Centre for Indo-Canadian
Studies at UCFV since its inception, and is delighted that she will
be able to take on a formal leadership role within it.
“It’s a very rare privilege to be able to take on this
role after being part, since the very beginning, of the community
drive to establish this important new resource for the community.
I feel I have a lot of value to offer, in part because of my 20-year
work and volunteer history in the Fraser Valley and my many relationships
in the community. I am able to bring a lot of goodwill stemming
from that involvement to the centre.”
The list of Bains’ current and former community group memberships
is long. She has a particular interest in creating bridges in Canadian
society between and within the many cultural communities.
“I’m keenly interested in cross-cultural community
development, and how communities support one another. We are moving
away in Canada from a model where one culture dominates to where
cultural communities have a real influence in contributing to a
truly multicultural society.”
The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies was made possible through
the financial contribution of the community, in particular the Indo-Canadian
community which has strongly supported this project since its beginning
three years ago. Bains views that support as both a vote of confidence
and an obligation to be lived up to.
“People don’t give money to causes they don’t
believe in, so the strong show of financial support is a real indication
that the community believes in the potential for UCFV to be a leader
in the development of Indo-Canadian studies and a facilitator of
strengthened economic ties between Canada and India,” she
She added that UCFV is off to a good start through the development
of Indo-Canadian Studies courses, a number of formal academic visits
and exchanges, formal memoranda of understanding between UCFV and
Indian universities, and the new cohort of the UCFV Bachelor of
Business Administration degree being offered in Chandigarh, India.
The Centre’s official opening with several special events
is being held on Sat, Oct 28. These include a ribbon cutting ceremony
at the centre in the morning, followed by an open house at which
the public is welcome from 1 to 5 pm. Both these events take place
in the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, located in University House
on UCFV’s Abbotsford campus.