MPP Anand’s twenty-first Members’ Statement was on the topic of “Teeyan de Mela”, delivered on 5 June 2019.

See full transcript below:

“It’s always a pleasure to rise. Empowerment in its simplest form can be understood as gestures both big and small that help elevate others to greater heights and an overall happier, productive and peaceful life. Empowerment is an unstoppable force for good.

Female empowerment is important in order to support women, young and old, in self-actualizing their inner power. The next generation of empowered women leaders and change-makers will transform our world.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to now recognize Sukhi Nijjar from Watno Dur Radio and TV Network, an organization that has been organizing Teeyan Da Mela, a festival, over the past 15 years. Thousands of women in the GTA, young and old, look forward to this event every year, and it has become a memorable community event.

This event provides a space for all women to mix and mingle, have great entertainment, watch the singers perform, sample delicious food, and learn and network. Overall, it’s a lot of fun, and it is very important.

As a community servant, it gives me pride and great joy in knowing that organizations like Watno Dur are in my riding of Mississauga–Malton. They provide such a welcoming space to nearly 7,000 women.

I had the opportunity to attend this event along with the two most powerful women in my home: my wife, Aruna Anand, and my daughter, Suvidhi Anand, and we enjoyed it.

Thank you, Sukhi.”