Coming up to her 50th birthday, Raj has packed a lot into her life thus far. She was born in a small village in the state of Punjab, India. Leaving India at the tender age of three, Raj crossed the Atlantic and began her life as a Canadian.
Raj was raised in Vancouver but has travelled to many places across the globe. She is happily married and a mother to her beautiful eighteen-year old daughter.
Raj inspires both young and old with her work in supporting communities, both locally and globally, where needed. Her philanthropic activities include feeding the homeless in Downtown Vancouver, sitting on the board of a local youth centre and inspiring young children to pay it forward by making time for random acts of kindness.
Although she has spent almost half of her life working in the corporate world, her true passion lies in service to others. She is a dynamic and inspirational individual who is just as comfortable leading as she is being one of the team!
How Punjabi Teacher started…
Raj is a facilitator of learning program, PunjabiTeacher being her most recognized accomplishment.
Her passion for PunjabiTeacher began after her daughter was born. Knowing that it would be a challenge teaching her daughter Punjabi with her father predominately speaking English and having limited exposure to Punjabi language, Raj began to find creative ways to teach Punjabi to her youngster. She saw first hand the potential a child has and how empowering learning a language can be for both child and a parent.
Many other first generation parents began to approach her and started asking her for advice and resources after they saw the results of her daughter being fluently bilingual. Raj discovered there was a great need for products and services for parents just like her. She began her search to source and develop Punjabi products and courses.
However, her role of teacher and mentor started many years before in the recreation room of a family friend’s house teaching Punjabi language and sharing cultural practices and stories with the children. What started as a small class of 10 kids ranging in age from 5 to 15 has grown and blossomed, and is continuing to grow as Raj realizes her ultimate vision.
Raj has a natural rapport with people. She is an effective communicator and a good listener exuding her natural characteristics of being gentle, kind, and compassionate.
Though Raj has worked with both young and old, her passion lies with helping children reach their potential and realize their dreams. Raj does a lot of work helping to empower youngsters.