Charan Gill, M.A., M.S.W., O.B.C.


  • Offered diversified experience in cross-cultural environments, with emphasis on social services, government and community programs.
  • Proven abilities in strategic planning, political action and a generation of grassroots support.
  • Knowledge of Third World countries, the disadvantaged and the helping professions.
  • Flair for advocacy, mediation and catalyst for change. Aware of labour, immigration, human rights and educational issues.
  • International perspective, always seeking career challenges with scope for personal initiative, professional development and contribution to the community.


Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.), Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society – 1987 to 2017

  • Responsible for an overall budget of $8.5 million and a staff of 130.
  • Responsible for a multimillion dollar budget for PICS Seniors Housing Complex.
  • Responsible for building a new 60 million dollar Multicultural Extended Care Project.
  • Responsible for Harmony House, a 2nd Stage Transition Home supporting immigrant women and children fleeing domestic violence.
  • Responsible for commissioning A Feasibility Study for Abbotsford/Mission Seniors Complex
  • Conceptualized Dignity House, an affordable housing complex for LGBTQ lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors and allies.
  • Introduced such community initiatives as the Rainbow Community Health Cooperative, Teeyan Festival, Farm Labour Project, Early Childhood Carries Program in collaborations with University of Washington and UBC Health Sciences, South Asian AIDS Awareness Project and Power play to reduce barriers in employment for visible minorities and immigrants.
  • Conducted an extensive research project on senior’s dental issues and initiated project for seniors emergency dental care with UBC, School of Dentistry.
  • Conducting research on multi-cultural seniors needs in respect to health, housing, abuse and overuse of medicine.
  • Researched daycare needs of farm workers children and their families.
  • Initiated programs and projects for youth-at-risk.
Career Highlights:
  • Services are made available to all eligible clients irrespective of their ethnic background and country of origin.
  • Counseling and referral services to newcomer individuals and families who experience problems and need assistance in adapting to their new social and economic environment.
  • Information on employment, immigration, schools, housing, health, legal services and other relevant services.

Social Worker

  • Served in Prince Rupert, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Mission and in Surrey in various departments of the Ministry, i.e. Programs for Independence, Family and Child Services, Services to Mentally Handicapped, and special projects.

Career Highlights:
  • Developed and implemented a broad range of programs for adults and children including family service and protection, residential treatment facilities, mentally handicapped.
  • Active in consulting as a resource team member. Participated in interdisciplinary teamwork and served on various inter-ministerial committees. Gained extensive contact throughout British Columbia at the grassroots level.
  • Worked closely with Native people in Prince Rupert, including the surrounding reserves.
  • Provided information and referrals to community/government agencies. Managed own caseload, prepared detailed confidential reports.
  • Gained knowledge of interviewing, counseling, problem-solving, planning, administration and policy formulation. Adapter to changing legislation, regulations, systems and procedures. Contributed to innovative programs with successful results in individual lives reflected in community participation and support. Trained and supervised social workers and office personnel. Conducted professional development workshops, e.g. teaching foster parent skills.


  • Certificate, Non-Profit Management, UCFV, Abbotsford – 2009
  • Master of Social Work, UBC, Vancouver, B.C. – 1983
  • Bachelor of Social Work, UBC, Vancouver, B.C. – 1982
  • Registered Social Worker, UBC, and B.C.A.S.W. – 1970
  • Banking Certificate, University of Hong Kong – 1963
  • Master of Arts, Major – Punjabi, Punjab University – 1959
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major – Economics, Political, Punjab University – 1957


  • Workshop on the Canadian Diaspora in India: Policy Implications for Canada, UCFV
  • Splash & Ripple Workshop on using outcomes to design and guide community work, AMSSA
  • Workshop on Engaging Local Communities in Immigration Matters, Public Policy Forum, Ontario
  • Institute in Management and Community Development forum, at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
  • National Settlement Conference forum, at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.
  • The World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
  • Freedom – Responsibility – Justice Conference Program, Vancouver Grand Pacific Ballroom.
  • Eracism Forum 99′, Kwantlen University College
  • M.H.R. in-service training in Social Work
  • Social Psychology courses, Simon Fraser University
  • Supervisory Skills Training program, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Residential and Treatment Facilities Workshop, School of Social Work, University of Washington
  • Facilitated Group Home Workshop, Douglas College
  • Western Family Development Conference, Alberta
  • Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children Workshop, Vancouver, B.C.
  • International Conference – Shelter for the Homeless, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Chaired the Report on Multiculturalism for the Ministry of Social Services
  • Attended Training the Trainers Workshop in Denver, Colorado on Cultural Competence


  • Director New Horizon for Seniors Program (NHSP) Regional Committee
  • 2016 Cohort United Way Public Policy Institute
  • Chairperson Society for Sustainable Agriculture Jobs and Education
  • Chairperson Ministry Staff Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism.
  • Executive Member BC Human Rights Coalition
  • President BC Organization to Fight Racism
  • Secretary-Treasurer Canadian Farm Workers Union
  • Director Farm and Ranch Safety Health Association (FARSHA)
  • Director Pacific National Exhibition & BC Pavilion Corporation
  • Director Rainbow Community Health Co-operative
  • Board Member 411 Seniors Centre Society
  • Board Member Canadian Labour Force Development
  • Board Member BC Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Board Member CASA, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
  • Member IICC Steering Committee, AMSSA
  • Member Inter-ministerial Committee on Multiculturalism
  • Member Provost’s Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism
  • Consultant Researched and presented briefs at the provincial and federal level for legislation related to immigration, refugees, farm workers, equality and industrial safety (pesticides)
  • Advisor ICES Services Advisory Committee, Open Learning Agency
  • Advisor Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians (VACC) The National Conference on Full Participation, Toronto
  • Member Vibrant Surrey Advisory Board
  • Facilitator For a variety of topics, human rights and racism (e.g. Bridging the Gap, stereotyping). Presented workshop at International conference on homelessness, Ottawa, Ontario 1987
  • Trainer Training the trainers and staff of the Ministry of Social Services
  • Advisor Assaultive Husbands Program, MOSAIC
  • Proof reader South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, 1963 to 1967
  • Supervisor Bank of India Ltd., Hong Kong, 1962 to 1967
  • Translator Punjab University, Language Department, India


  • Hosted Social Affairs and Education program, 2 year, Vancouver Co-op Radio
  • Member, Task Force on Race Relations
  • Fund-raising, PICS Seniors Housing project, PICS Harmony House, PICS Diversity Village, PACE Canada College, Youth programs, Teeyan Festival
  • Established contact with trade unions, churches, community groups and higher government officials.
  • Organized and attended public meetings, demonstrations and press conferences.
  • Generated favorable media publicity.
  • Expressed concerns and gave constructive suggestions to community issues through editorial columns and letters to the Editor.
  • Communicated with the press in written and visual media.


  • Recipient, Drishti Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in 2013
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation from Province of BC in 2013
  • Recipient, Certificate of Recognition, BC Non-Profit Housing Association 2006-2012
  • Recognized in the House of Commons by Mr. Don Davies, MP in 2011 for his outstanding lifelong commitment to the South Asian community and the Canadian economy.
  • Recipient of Award and Honored guest at Janta Sewak Society and the Kalpana Chawla Memorial Foundation Recognition Awards Celebration
  • Recipient, CASW Distinguished Service Award (BC) from the BC Association for Social Workers (BCASW) in 2011
  • Nominated as a Leader in the community, Community Leader Awards
  • Recipient, Top 25 Immigrants in Canada Award in 2010
  • Recipient, BC Community Achievement Award in 2010
  • Recipient, Certificate of Recognition & Appreciation, iCON Health Network in 2010
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Mentor and Social Work Consultant for UFV Field Education Office in the Bachelor of Social Work program in 2010
  • Recipient, Mewa Singh Lopoke Award in 2007
  • Recipient, GOPIO International Community Service Award in 2007
  • Recipient, Humanitarian Award by Pakastani Canadian Cultural Association (PCCA) in 2006
  • Recipient, Operation Remembrance Award by RCMP in 2006
  • Recipient, Certifiate of Recognition, Friend of Newton for outstanding volunteer service in 2002
  • Recipient, United Way’s honoured VanDusen Community Service Award in 2002
  • Recipient, G.H.G. Khalsa College Outstanding Community Services Award in 2002
  • Recipient, Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002
  • Recipient, Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
  • Recipient, the prestigious Order of British Columbia in 1999
  • Recipient, Human Rights Award by MOSAIC in 1983
  • President/Organizer, B.C. Organization to Fight Racism
  • Co-Founder, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Farmworkers Union
  • President/Founder, The Progressive Indo-Canadian Community Services Society
  • President/Founder, BCOFR Education Research Society
  • Executive Member, B.C. Human Rights Coalition
  • Member, Provincial Executive of the Solidarity Coalition, 2 years
  • Foster Parent, 10+ years


Research, multicultural projects, studies, community development work, political action, farming, home renovations.


  • Strong communications, negotiations skills
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent Team building skills
  • Effective verbal and listening communication skills
  • Financial Management skills
  • Strong Decision making skills
  • Extensive contacts throughout B.C.


  • D.O.B.: June 17th, 1936, Hong Kong. Naturalized Canadian citizen
  • Health: Excellent
  • Status: Married, three children
  • Languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Cantonese