My uncle moved to Canada in the early 70s from Poghpur, India in Punjab. He started out in the East of Canada, and ended up in Alberta where he worked menial jobs as he figured out how to make it here. Eventually, he moved up north to Grande Prairie to work for a pulp mill, and got my dad to come over in the summer of 1974. The day after my dad arrived in Canada, he started at the mill.
Over time, they saved enough money through having shared incomes, and bought their first logging truck. They cared for that truck like it was their baby, and years later, they own the biggest fleet in Northern Alberta. In forty years, our family started tens of businesses, with all four parents managing different parts, from forestry, to car dealerships, hotels, and real estate, our parents built so much from so little. Our moms and their sacrifices and love for us got us to where we are today.
I grew up in a conjoined family - my grandparents, mom and dad, aunt and uncle, brother, and my three cousins all under he same roof. It was a full and rambunctious house with a host of conflicts and with so much love. Everything we went through in that house made me the woman I am today. From incredibly powerful mothers as role models, to fathers who didn't see my gender as a hindrance in a patriarchal culture, I am a mixture of so many things.
In 2009, my uncle passed away, and it was a really tragic time for our family. It was during that time that I found meditation as a tool for alleviating my grief, and for dealing with my anxiety. After his passing, I also realized that business runs in our blood. I was meant to go out on my own, with the incredible support of my family. This is exactly what I am meant to be doing.
After my first trip to India in my adult life in 2014, I also realized the amazing legacy our family and our ancestors have in our native country. Check out the school I am beginning to work with, the S.A.S Khalsa School Paldi that my great, great grandfather opened in India that educates over 800+ students a year in rural India.