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Mayor Brenda Locke Proclaims July 8, 2023, as Sher Vancouver Day in the City of Surrey

Surrey, British Columbia - Sher Vancouver, a registered charity for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their friends, families, and allies, is thrilled to announce that Her Worship Mayor Brenda Locke has officially proclaimed July 8, 2023, as Sher Vancouver Day in the City of Surrey.

"This proclamation coincides with the organization's 15th anniversary, marking a significant milestone in our dedication to creating safe spaces and supporting the 2SLGBTQ+ community," states Sher Vancouver Founder Alex Sangha.

The proclamation which is attached was signed by Mayor Locke and read at the Regular Council Public Hearing Meeting on June 19, 2023. To view the proclamation ceremony, please follow this link: [Video Link], starting at 46:45.

Sher Vancouver invites everyone to join them in celebrating their 15th anniversary at the DESI-Q Cultural Gala - Sher Vancouver 15th Anniversary , taking place on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 6 pm. The gala will be held at the Bollywood Banquet Hall located in Payal Business Centre, at 201-8166 128th Street, Surrey, BC V3W 1R1 with door opening at 6 pm.

At the gala, attendees can look forward to an enchanting evening filled with captivating South Asian and fusion arts and cultural performances, mesmerizing classical music, a delectable traditional Indian buffet dinner with a wide array of vegetarian options, and an opportunity to relish delicious Indian desserts.

Furthermore, the event will showcase the highlights of Sher Vancouver's 15-year journey, showcasing their impact and contributions to the Surrey and Metro Vancouver communities.

A special volunteer recognition event, generously sponsored by UBC Community Engagement and Forest Bean, will also take place, honoring the dedicated individuals who have contributed their time and effort to Sher Vancouver's success.

Sher Vancouver anticipates a sold-out crowd of over 550 guests in attendance. To secure your spot and join in the celebration with friends and loved ones, it is strongly recommended to purchase tickets in advance. We are currently 95% sold out. Only a few remaining tickets for $60 and $120 are available at

As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, Sher Vancouver encourages attendees and supporters to consider making a donation to Sher Vancouver which is a registered charity. Donations can be made through Canada Helps, which offers an instant tax-deductible receipt. Your contribution will help Sher Vancouver continue their crucial work in creating safe spaces for vulnerable and marginalized 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, supporting their growth, and providing essential programs and services.

Sher Vancouver would like to express our deepest gratitude to our 21 official sponsors of Desi-Q whose generous support has made this event possible. We extend their appreciation to:

· Aleah Meehan Realtor


· City of Surrey

· Forest Bean

· GNJ Vegetarian Bistro

· Goodness Pictures Ltd.

· Himmat Media

· KDocsFF


· LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics - Guildford Town Centre

· May 18 Floral Design

· MoveUP

· Nature's Path Organic Foods


· Oxus Machine Works Ltd.

· Peace by Chocolate


· SFU External Relations

· Surrey Board of Trade

· UBC Community Engagement

· Unifor - BC Regional Council

For more information about Sher Vancouver please visit our official website at

Media Contact:

Alex Sangha

Founder of Sher Vancouver

604-842-7340 (prefer text message)


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