Originally from Punjab, India, Deep Singh Sangra immigrated to Canada in 1975. Coming to Vancouver was an entirely new experience for Sangra, but he found a sense of belonging at the Ross Street Gurdwara where he started to take classes and volunteer. Sangra went on to volunteer at the Ross Street Gurdwara for 20 years, pursuing his commitment to the learning and teaching of the Punjabi language. In this interview, Sangra illustrates his passion for Punjabi and his love for teaching. Over the course of his career, Sangra has taught Punjabi at various gurdwaras, night schools, Khalsa and elementary schools. At times, he taught seven days a week. Sangra was so impassioned by teaching he even continued to do so after retirement. Sangra reflects on teaching Punjabi, and calls it his main passion in life. To quote him, “Punjabi in Canada is a must…Punjabis should take pride in their language and show the world what the language is all about.”
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Explore PUNJABI IN BC, for Interviews with K-12 EDUCATORS, ADVOCATES AND ACTIVISTS, STUDENTS, and WRITERS/JOURNALISTS.