Before immigrating to Canada, Balwant Sanghera had obtained a BSc from Punjabi University. He had wished to become a teacher and to fulfill this hope he enrolled in a teaching program at Simon Fraser University, after working some time at a mill. Sanghera describes the state of Punjabi programs in BC during the late 60s, and how they had yet to become formalized. While living in Hope, away from the Punjabi community, he came to two realizations, one, that he missed speaking Punjabi, and two, that he had to do something for his mother tongue. After moving to the lower mainland, Sanghera became active in educating as well as advocating for the Punjabi language, which was furthered by establishing the Punjabi Language Education Association.