Small Business BC Awards will be held on February 21, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This event showcases leading businesses all across the Province of BC that are making a difference locally and globally. BC’s top business owners, industry leaders and government officials will all present at this 17th Annual ceremony. There are only 8 categories including Premier’s Peoples Choice, Best Company, Best Community Impact, Best Employer, Best Immigrant Entrepreneur, Best Youth Entrepreneur, Best Innovation and Best Marketer.

Amongst the top finalist for this year’s “Best Community Impact” Award is one of the Sikh community’s grass roots organizations, Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen. The category of Best Community Impact recognises a company that truly has made a difference in their community. The business that has taken a positive action to invest in their community and sees social responsibility as an integral part of their business’s success.  Each nominee is assessed on the business’ leadership, social, environmental, financial, diversity and direct impact in their community served.

Guru Nanak’ Free Kitchen are being recognized on a Provincial platform with their message of “Love All, Feed All” through their practice of Langar (free community kitchen). GNFK is fuelled by the Sikh philosophy of helping those in need regardless of caste, colour, creed and economic status through seva (selfless service).

Mr. Paul Hundlesi a long-standing volunteer and spokesperson for GNFK stated “We were so surprised to be told we were nominated and then to find out we were finalists was humbling. We had never sought out recognition, but for the community to want to acknowledge all the selfless hours our volunteers commit each week, month and year is such an honor.”

Every Saturday and Sunday you can find over a dozen volunteers handing out hot meals and drinks  at Main and Hastings come rain, snow or sunshine. They are also involved in a Valentine’s Day care package program that they send out over hundreds of packages to Women’s Shelters across the mainland. Their Toy Drive and School Supplies Drive again seeking dozens of volunteers show up to pack supplies that are distributed to schools who hand out the items to the children that need them the most. Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen are involved in a number of annual events that countless volunteers give their time selflessly to provide a little comfort to those that most need in our own communities.

Celebrate with us by congratulating these amazing nominees, award winners along with the most influential people in business on 21st Feb. Well done Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen for showing the light on the true meaning of Seva.