Nominated for the award: Community Activism
Company: Sikh Sewa Society Toronto
Position: Operations Manager
Biography: Starting at mere age of 7, Rachita spent majority of her childhood doing Langar Seva, the practice of serving free meals to all visitors at the Gurudwara without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. Born to a Hindu family, raised with Sikh values whilst being bred at an Islamic country, Rachita grew up with utmost cultural diversity and deference. Over the last decade, she has worked with renowned institutions around the world including International Rescue Committee, AIESEC, Common Purpose, Plan International Canada and Geneva Centre for Autism. Her commendable ability to connect with people on a personal level along with her warm personality makes her an ideal community activist! Since 2017, she has been involved with numerous campaigns under the World Sikh Organization - Canada’s largest Sikh not-for-profit Human Rights and Advocacy institution. Some of these campaigns include the Sikh Family Helpline, One Billion Rising and #AskCanadianSikhs. Additionally, Rachita’s passion to propel community advancement has gotten her involved in Politics and can often be seen brainstorming ideas at political conventions & conferences in the GTA. Furthermore, Rachita has partnered with World Vision Canada to adopt a girl child in Bucaritos, Colombia. This two year old is the apple of her eye, whom she eagerly looks forward to meet in near future! Simultaneously, being a strong advocate of gender equality and women empowerment, Rachita often portrays her ideologies through fashion/creative arts on social media. Want to meet her? On any given Sunday, Rachita can be found serving hot meals to the poor and homeless at the Moss Park Arena in downtown Toronto. She was recently awarded the ‘Commitment Award’ for relentlessly transpiring over two years! Today, as the Operations Manager of Sikh Sewa Society Toronto, Rachita is the lead on the ‘Sewa Meals’ program — that serves an average of 400+ meals to anyone in need. So stop by to say hi and have a delicious meal — it may or may not make your day, it’ll definitely makes hers!