28 Leaders To Watch: Meet Balwinder Dhillon

28 Leaders To Watch: Meet Balwinder Dhillon

This February, all month long, we’re honouring the work of 28 inspiring leaders. Women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Balwinder Dhillon.

A proud stay-at-home grandmother, Balwinder is a 58-year-old South Asian woman who married at the age of 17 and moved to Canada, where she didn’t really know the language or know the man she had married. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend high school here, even though she had her first child at 19, and the second at 21. At age 24, she had to deal with her daughter struggling with an autoimmune disease, which impacted her entire family.

Balwinder ran two very successful businesses at the same time when she was 31 years old, and at 47, she pursued a life-long goal and went back to school to earn a diploma. Then a few years ago, she had to learn to live life positively as a parent surviving their child.

So tell us, Balwinder: What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

My grandkids:  their laughter, their curiosity, and the joy they bring me.

How do you feel that your actions teach or inspire others?

I think I inspire others to be better people and be more caring. I have a habit of forgiving others quickly, which can be questionable sometimes, but it’s a quality of mine that I wish others had more of.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

I’d like to see the elimination of drugs so people can focus on enjoying life in other ways.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

I went back to school at 47 and earned my hospitality management diploma, I went hiking in Nepal on a volunteer trip, and in general I’m proud of helping others to have an easier life.

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Balwinder! Learn more about her work and stay connected via Facebook:

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