new immigrant happy to be in Canada?
Toronto, Oct. 30, 2007
Tejpal Brar/Gary Singh, LA
Most of the NRIs, new immigrants say Canada has lived
up to their expectations, saying freedom, rights, security and prospects
for the future are among the things they most like about their new
More than 80% said, they were pleased with their decision
to come Canada. Most of the qualified new immigrants have the difficulty
to finding an adequate job.
Most difficult part for qualified NRIs, cited when
seeking employment, lack of Canadian work experience was mentioned
most often, followed by lack of contacts in the job market, lack
of recognition of foreign experience and qualifications, followed
by language barriers.
One young guy from Canad wrote: Hi I am not an immigrant.
I was born in Canada. My parents immigrated from Italy in the 50s.
Many of my friends are new immigrants from India, Pakistan and Japan.
The most unfortunate thing I've found is people who have huge expectations
and are extremely disappointed when they actually live here...
Another person response to above paragraph:
Just tell him (Mr. ???) that you you are in Canada
Ask him to differentiate between life of Italy, Canada, India &
Ask him to differentiate between the countries in the point of
Ask him to compare about GDP and Income per annum.
Now we have example of police officer who has degree in
India but he is so happy on our telephone conversation:
Tejpal BRAR, the Ist Sikh police officer in Durham
Regional Police , Ontario, Canada from a Sikh family was born and
raised in a small but well known village Bhinderan near Moga, Punjab,
India. 1st Punjabi, Sikh and turbaned police officer Tej Brar joined
the Durham Regional Police in April, 2005.
Tejpal passed his primary education from Govt. Primary School Bhinder
Kalan and continued for high school in Moga at Bhupindera Khalsa
Senior Secondry School Moga (1980-1987) and achieved second position
in Moga district. His parents are retired school teacher and his
father Lachhman Singh Brar always motivated him for best in studies.
Following the footsteps of elder brother Dr. Jaipal Singh ( Ph.D)
Tejpal also joined Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, College
of Agriculture and achieved scholarship during his entire B.Sc.Agri.(Hons.)
and fellowship in M.Sc. studies from 1987 to 1995. During his time
in university Tejpal was state level Yoga Champion and achieved
the highest award of the university 'Roll of Honour' in 1995. Tejpal
was also best mono-actor, best 20km walker, poet, stage actor and
also acted a TV artist role of traditional villager "Jaila"
in TV serial "Khund Chacha" for three years that was telecasted
from Jalandhar Doordarshan. Tejpal represented Punjab state at national
level events in Karnataka, Orrisa, Himachal Pardesh, Hariyana, Rajasthan,
Uttar pardesh, West Bengal and Madhiya Pardesh provinces of India
and represented Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana 16 times
in different All India Inter University level competitions in India.While
a student in M.Sc, Tejpal migrated to Canada in Jan.1996 after his
marriage and he is always encouraged by his wife and two children
Gurnoor Singh Brar and Jessica Kaur Brar. Life is struggle for the
first few years in Canada and like every one else Tejpal worked
long hours in factories, drove tractor/trailer and worked as a real
estate agent before achieving his goal.
Tejpal mentioned that, I myself became interested in the police
when I was a teenager. I fully understand how difficult it is for
the Sikh officer who wish to pursue a career in the police service.
The unsociable hours, the dangers of the work itself - all these
aspects of the job are very important factors within the Asian culture.
It wasn't until 2005 at the age of 33 I eventually
made a move and joined the Durham Regional Police. I knew this was
definitely the job for me. This was one of the happiest days of
my life, it was like a dream come true. I was finally given the
chance to do what I always wanted..
I was posted to a City of Pickering/Ajax where the
majority of population is white. I was the only Sikh officer in
the region, from day one I got on very well with everyone including
supervisors and even up to this day, I have never yet come across
one single person who has treated me different than anyone else.
Racial abuse that I was expecting never ever came to me neither
from great professional officers of the Durham Regional Police nor
from the civilized citizens of the region. This has been very important
and has helped me progress tremendously with my chosen career.
The Asian culture is slowly coming to terms with accepting that
the Police Forces around the country are trying their best to encourage
Asian and Black people to join. But that is all they can do - the
rest is up to you.
Finally I would like to say thanks to Durham Regional Police who
have not only given me a worthwhile job, but also made me a better
person than I was. I am now more confident, professional, able to
make my own decisions and organize my workload. I feel I can handle
everything. My only regret is that I didn't join few years earlier.
Tejpal transferred to Peel Regional Police in April 2007, more closer
to the residence and is now serving the community in the City of
Brampton and Mississauga.