Vancouver, Canada: “If I can learn Punjabi, why not Punjabi youth? They should not forget their roots and language. Learning another language creates better understanding. This is the beauty of our multicultural country,” said Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan in response to questions from the media about his message to the youth and his interest in learning Punjabi.
Sam Sullivan said he liked to learn Punjabi and say something in Punjabi wherever he could. Neatly sporting a blue turban, Sam Sullivan arrived at Vancouver’s Gurdwara Khalsa Darbar Society last Sunday to inaugurate its new building.
Amidst loud applause and slogans of “Bole So Nihal,” Sullivan delivered his speech in the packed main hall. He said in Punjabi: “I am very glad to be here with the congregation on the auspicious occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the new building. I am very pleased to know that the entire teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib convey the message of ‘nobody is my enemy, I am friend of all; our Father is one and we are His children and seek the well being of the whole human race.’ I am also very pleased that the Sikh community has made great progress in all fields and they have made all round contribution in the development of Canada … I pray to God to bless all with happiness, unity and peace. I like to learn Punjabi and Gurmat and Gian Singh Kotli is my teacher. Whenever I get time I try to learn Punjabi.”
Giani Kulvinder Singh presented a plaque of honor to Sullivan on behalf of the gurdwara management and congregation.