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Alex Sangha

Author, Human Rights Activist, Social Worker

Alex Sangha is an award-winning author and social worker. He has an MSc in public administration and public policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and a master of social work from Dalhouise University.

Alex has worked as an instructor, clinician, social worker, and youth counsellor. He is the founder of Sher Vancouver, which is a social, cultural, and support group for South Asians and friends. In addition, he initiated the Dignity House project which is a proposal to develop affordable housing for vulnerable seniors in Vancouver.

Alex is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for social work and community service and his third social discussion book, Catalyst, was a finalist in the current events and social change category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

You can contact Alex at alexsangha@gmail.com.
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Let's Shake Up Civic Elections, Starting With Surrey

Now that the civic election is coming up, I would like to propose electoral reform of local government for big cities in British Columbia, especially my hometown of Surrey. It's the ideal place for a mixed "at-large" and "ward system" of electing city councillors and the mayor.
05/07/2014 12:58 EDT

How to Strike a Better Deal For Punjab and India

Punjab has a rich history and has contributed a lot to India. My ancestors originate from Punjab which is the land of five rivers in northern India. Punjab has been consistently ranked as having the b...
04/09/2014 11:05 EDT

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.
04/08/2014 12:30 EDT
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Why Every Straight Man Needs A Gay Best Friend

Since I moved into my new high-rise building, I have made a lot of nice, friendly straight male friends. This is a new experience for me, as for many years I largely surrounded myself with gay men. Not that I am complaining, of course, but I am so amazed with how open minded and non-judgmental many straight men have become, in terms of having gay friends to hang out and chill with.
04/04/2014 04:48 EDT

Coming Out As Gay And Brown In The 'Burbs

Growing up gay and brown in the suburbs was rough. I came really close to flying to freedom towards the end of my senior year of high school when I drove off a cliff near my home. I thought it would be better than the stress of exams and the alienation I felt from being the only gay kid in the neighbourhood.
04/01/2014 12:31 EDT
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My 10 Favourite Things About Living In Downtown Surrey

I grew up in Newton and recently moved to Surrey City Centre from North Delta. My Vancouver friends thought I committed geographic suicide. It's been over six months since I settled in the heart of downtown Surrey and I want everyone to know about my 10 favorite things about my new hood.
03/29/2014 10:28 EDT
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What I Learned After Waiting 10 Hours In The ER

I feel our health care workers and health care system is doing the best it can with the limited resources and support services they have. I am not sure what the solutions are but I feel the status quo is not working. I have been thinking about my experience in the hospital emergency room for a while. How can the system improve so the services are there in a timely and efficient manner when the people need them?
03/05/2014 06:13 EST