March 19, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Toronto, Canada: A lifetime achiever and well known community activist Dr. Raghbir Singh Bains has been honored with the ‘Prime Minister’s Voluntary Award’ in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments through long years of selfless service to the society in Canada and beyond its global borders. Dr. Bains is first Indian born Canadian to get this prestigious award.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper bestowed the prestigious award upon Mr Bains in an elite gathering and congratulated all the winners and commended their tremendous accomplishments in service of the society.
The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award was first established in 2011 to honour the scintillating volunteers and social activists who give so much to their fellow citizens—the unsung heroes who volunteer their time, their efforts and a great deal of their lives to helping others, and who ask for nothing in return. The award recognizes the community activists for achieving the highest cumulative results. It also highlights the fine example set by the volunteers whose compassion and engagements are so much a part of Canadian character to serve the needy, incapacitated, sick and the disadvantaged people. Prime Minister’s prestigious award is presented annually.
Recipient of the award, Raghbir Singh Bains is an eminent community activist, dedicated environmentalist, reputed philanthropist, encyclopaedist, known museologist, an eminent drug therapist and a lifetime crusader against the global menace of drugs, flesh trading, sexual assaults, bullying, domestic violence, foeticide and other social evils.
Mr Bains did an extensive research on HIV-AIDS in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya to curb the menace. For the last so many years, he has continuously been arranging seminars, youth camps and community campaigns to celebrate World AIDS Day for creating awareness about this deadly disease.
He is a committed environmentalist. He got most of his professional education in Canada and America. He has volunteered with a number of organizations to stop the increasing pollution in air, water and earth also.
He is passionate volunteer who creates and distributes free literature to strap and end the socio-cultural evils spreading in the global society.
Mr Bains is a renowned scholar of computer age. He is founder producer of the 1st of its kind ‘Encyclopaedia of Sikhism’ on Multimedia Technology in the world which was released by the then Prime Minister of Canada in the Parliament House on 11th December, 1996. – A tribute to his outstanding commitment, dedication, untiring and relentless hard work spread over a period of more than 16 years.
Mr Bains is global record holder for setting up six ‘Multimedia Sikh Museums’ in the world where he used robotic and touch screen technology.
He is a major milestone achiever in furthering the cause of multicultural and interfaith harmony. He helps the new immigrants in Canada to settle promptly in the new country of their choice.
He is a long time member of the Surrey-Delta Seniors Society, BC and helps the seniors as and when they need his services including complementary transport etc.
Mr Bains has experience of working on various advisory committees in Canada. He is a known fund raiser for many charities. He is an established writer of various classic books.
He is longtime advisor to Kaar Sewa Khadur Sahib (India), and Nishan-E-Sikhi Charitable Trust (Regd). These organizations are engaged in promoting socio-cultural values, sports, education and global environment.
An octogenarian, Mr Bains has touched the lives of countless people at their darkest moments, offering them comfort and selfless support to lead a happy life.
He stands for human liberty, equality and fraternity without any leanings towards caste, colour and creed of an individual. He is an asset not only to the Canadian society but also to the entire human race.
Mr Bains is winner of dozens of local, national and international awards, honours, titles and accolades for doing selfless service to the global people. After winning great honours from various countries, he has now scooped up another Canada’s most venerable award. Mr Bains is on a laurel-winning spree and it looks like there is no stopping for him in doing volunteer service.
Born in India, Mr Bains subsequently moved to Canada in 1990. In giving gratitude for the award, Bains thanked Almighty Lord, his parents, family, friends, his role models, mentors and the people of multicultural society of Canada for supporting him to work for wellbeing, peace and prosperity of the global society. He further said, “It’s in my bones to serve humanity. Now more responsibility has fallen on my shoulders. I will continue doing volunteer service to the society with more zeal and honest commitment.”
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