by Ramneek Kahlon
Harnoor Gill, born in Hong Kong, is a 17-year old Canadian Sikh youth, who moved to Canada with his parents in 2002, and is a youth community activist. Harnoor was recently awarded the Bharat Guarav Award for citizenship and service to India. He is a passionate youth always willing to help others, to serve local and global communities. For the last three years, he has been tirelessly working to strengthen ties between India and Canada, on a local level. He has gone above and beyond to reach out to the youth in India and his efforts to boost the relationship between the two countries are immeasurable.
“Age is not a barrier to volunteer.” -Harnoor Gill
At the age of 14, Gill founded the Peace Welcome Club, in order to encourage youth to get involved in volunteering opportunities. Harnoor volunteers with many local organizations including World Vision Canada, Town of Halton Hills and Crime Stoppers of Halton. He is dedicated to raising awareness about youth volunteering among youth worldwide. He has been published locally and internationally and on several online sites. Harnoor also serves as the youngest Brand Ambassador for the Times of India. He has delivered keynote speeches to several academic institutions and universities in Canada during the last decade, and currently is on Board of the Laidlaw Foundation as a Youth Advisor.
Being a youth leader in the community, Gill has helped thousands of youth, from all parts of the world, to get involved in their communities and for their high school volunteer service requirements. He has been associated with local youth in India to inspire them and help them become leaders in their communities with the goal of making a difference.
“We have inspired and encouraged our Youth Ambassadors to create and lead projects such as: community clean ups, food drive and jean drives, to help the children in need. We have successfully participated in ‘Clean India project and raised awareness about reducing waste and make sustainable choices through write ups” said Gill.
Gill is also a recipient of; Punjabi Press Club of Canada’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014; the International ‘Diana’ Award in 2013; the ‘YMCA Peace Medallion’ in 2012; the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and Canada’s Top 15 Under 15, in 2011.
Volunteer virtuoso, Gill believes that getting involved in the community is an essential part of anyone’s growth because when the community grows, everyone grows! No matter what your age is, you can raise a voice to issues that matter to you in your very own community. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/PeaceWelcomeClub.