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MANI DEOL-FALLON

President

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Mani Deol-Fallon is a life long community organizer, a wife of 25 years, a mother of 2 young women, and a proud resident of Surrey since 1981. Mani works in the private aviation industry as a marketing, business development professional. Mani is driven by passion and purpose, always working towards a better society for all. Mani has worked with First Nations communities across BC, working on capacity development. This work was a continuation of Mani’s desire to bring communities together by understanding that our shared values as Canadians unite us far more than our differences in age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and politics set us apart.

She has worked to better countless communities in Surrey, including South Asians (Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims), Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Filipinos, and the Chaldean (Iraqi Christian) Refugees. Mani brings a depth and breadth of experience she hopes can help make Surrey the best it can be. She is a current volunteer director on the Citizen Advisory Committee for Corrections Canada. She is a former director of the: Diversity Advisory Committee with the City of Surrey; South Asian Family Association; and BC Motion Picture Theatre Association.

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PERBEEN MANN

Vice-President

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Perbeen is a Senior Federal Crown Counsel with the Government of Canada, specializing in organized crime and drug prosecutions. Perbeen is also an Adjunct Faculty Professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She holds membership with the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Alberta having been called to the bar in both provinces.

Perbeen has extensive volunteer and non-profit board experience. She has been involved in training lawyers/legal assistants, representing labour interests of federal lawyers and developing diversity-equity-employment policies in the federal service. Perbeen volunteers with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA – BC branch) in improving Access to Justice and advocating for Indigenous Justice.  Perbeen also serves as a Board Trustee with the Surrey Library Board, promoting the value of lifelong learning and equitable access for Surrey’s residents.

Perbeen is passionate about inspiring and engaging our local youth.  Her past responsibilities include having served as Trustee Nominations Committee Representative, Career Recruiter, Awards Presenter, and Anti-Gang Youth Workshop Facilitator.

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SANDRA BENZ

Treasurer

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Sandra is a Real Estate Professional with over 16 year’s experience assisting people with the biggest decision of their lives when buying or selling a home. She was born and raised in Surrey, BC and raised her daughter, now an adult, in Surrey.

Sandra enjoys her role as a Professional Realtor and currently works with Re/Max Performance Realty in North Delta. Sandra is also very involved as a volunteer and enjoys giving back in her community. Sandra is currently a President Elect with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

She is also actively involved with the Surrey Board of Trade and Sandra has been involved in numerous sports organizations at both a local and provincial board level. One of the most rewarding roles Sandra has been involved in is fostering animals through the SPCA. She believes it is everyone’s to responsibility to give back where ever possible.

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LOUISE HEARTY

Secretary

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Louise recently retired as a Director from Coast Mountain Bus Company/TransLink, where she was employed for 28 years and held a variety of roles throughout the organization.  
 

As the Director of Transit Security and Transit Communications, Louise spearheaded many new initiatives, including the Transit Security Bike Patrol. 


Louise serves as a Trustee on the Surrey Library Board, is a representative on the BC Library Trustees Association Board and is an executive board member with the Inside Edge Club.  Louise has successfully completed numerous courses in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation through the Justice Institute of BC.    


Louise lives in Surrey and loves giving back to her community and in her spare time she is fortunate to be able to spend precious time with her four grandchildren, two 4 year olds and two 2 year olds.

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MATT ANDERSON

Director

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Matt is a Realtor specializing in Surrey and Langley. Matt works with Keller Williams Elite Realty and enjoys helping people buy and sell their homes. He has lived in Surrey for 10 years and has worked in the crime prevention field for almost 15 years, starting in retail loss prevention before moving into private investigation.

Matt also owned and operated a company that assisted retailers in designing and maintaining their in house security and loss prevention programs. Matt often provided pro bono services to smaller community retailers in order to help them grow.

Matt attended the Police Foundations program at Algonquin College in Ottawa and the Residential Real Estate Trading program at the University Of British Columbia.

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JAGTAR DHALIWAL

Director

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Jagtar Dhaliwal is a man of action having more than 10 years of experience in Employment Programs, including employment counseling, case management, workshop facilitation, job development, job mentoring and program management. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Political Science and History from the Punjab University Chandigarh.

When he is not advising or counselling, he is lending a hand to whoever needs help. He sincerely believes that his purpose in life is to be useful to others. Interestingly, his first stint with PICS was back in 2001 when he joined the organization as a counsellor after completing his Life Skills, counselling and coaching Diploma. Jagtar’s efforts to help people in his community and his positive attitude has earned him a Businessman of the Year from Arkansas State in the US. In addition, in 2014 he was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

DEAN BARBOUR

Director

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Dean Barbour, currently the Executive Director of the Fleetwood Business Improvement Association, began his life in small business when he took over his uncle's food marketing company in Yorba Linda CA in the mid 1990s. From creating the international Sunkist Smile campaign to launching dozens of new and unique food items into US markets, Dean travelled across the US and Canada assisting clients with business planning, fundraising, market research, branding and creating custom sales and marketing tools.

                                                                                          

In 2000, Dean returned to Canada to manage Indigenous Business Network, a project he created to bring online small business resources to First Nations' entrepreneurs across Canada. This process got him involved in managing a top self employment program in Vancouver and subsequently led to him working on the creation and curriculum of what is now Small Business BC's seminars and workshop programming.

 

Over the past 20 years, Dean has helped over 1000 aspiring entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses, won the 2009 Chamber of the Year as the Executive Director of the Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce, been twice nominated as a Mentor of the Year for Futurpreneur, was an original member of Start Up Canada and has been a board member and volunteer for many non-profits and societies.

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