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iCON South Asian Health Forum 2021

Living Well with Arthritis and Osteoporosis

Saturday, March 13th and Saturday, March 20th, 2021– Free virtual event

Join iCON for the 2021 virtual South Asian Health Forum: “Living Well with Arthritis and Osteoporosis”. This FREE online, interactive forum will take place on Saturday, March 13th and Saturday, March 20th, 2021.

Delivered in Punjabi and Hindi, this forum is designed for seniors, families and caregivers who are interested in learning about the early detection, risk factors, treatment, and management of arthritis and osteoporosis. Participants will also have opportunities to ask questions to a panel of health experts.

Specific topics include:

  • Understanding arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Preventing bone disease:  tips for maintaining your mobility 
  • Managing bone disease through exercise and nutrition
  • Pain management 
  • Maintaining mental and physical wellness with bone disease 
  • Where and how to access support in the community

Participants can attend the virtual health exhibition to learn more about the support programs and resources provided by local health and community organizations.



Saturday, March 13th, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 pm PST: Part I  Osteoporosis: Risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, tips for treating and managing Osteoporosis


Saturday, March 20th, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 pm PDT: Part II  Arthritis: Risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, tips for treating and managing Arthritis


Virtual event – login details will be provided to registered participants


Delivered in Punjabi, with simultaneous interpretation into Hindi



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The South Asian Health Forum is part of iCON’s Healthy@Home series. Healthy@Home is a community education strategy that promotes primary and secondary disease prevention, seeking to keep patients, especially seniors, at home, healthy and thriving.

Key Speakers:

Dr. Gulzar Cheema – Family Physician Dr. Gulzar Cheema, MBBS LMCC CCFP, was elected in B.C. in May 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Panorama Ridge. On June 05, 2001 Dr. Cheema was appointed as a member of the Executive Council for the Government of B.C. as Minister of State for Mental Health. On January 26, 2004, he was appointed as a member of the Executive Council for the Government of B.C. as Minister of State for Immigration and Multicultural Services. He was also a member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba for five years and served as critic for health. He has practiced medicine in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from India’s Punjab University, interned at the University of Newfoundland and was a resident at Saskatoon’s University Hospital. In 1992 he was awarded the Canada 125 Medal for community service. To promote the health and welfare of the community, Dr. Cheema participates weekly on local multicultural radio talk shows. At present Dr. Cheema is practicing family medicine in Surrey, BC and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Family Practice. He is the first Indian-born person to be elected as MLA in Canada.


Dr. Navjot Dhindsa, Rheumatologist Dr. Navjot Dhindsa moved from India in 2000 where she had worked as a family physician and medical officer for number of non-government organizations. She developed a passion for rheumatology while working as a clinical assistant and navigating the difficult path to getting her medical licence in Canada. She completed her internal medicine residency and then fellowship in Rheumatology at University of Manitoba in 2009. She was then invited to join the department of rheumatology at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to her role as a consultant in internal medicine and rheumatology, she had several academic responsibilities, including teaching and research. She was the program director for the rheumatology subspecialty program at the University of Manitoba until June 2015 when she decided to leave the frigid long winters of Manitoba and move to BC. After working for a year in Richmond she recognized the desperate need for a rheumatologist in Surrey where she currently practices. Dr. Dhindsa has special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and vasculitis


Dr. Leena Jain, Geriatrician Dr. Leena Jain grew up in Chandigarh, India. She obtained a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Lady Hardinge Medical College, in Delhi. She then went on to complete her M.D. in Ophthalmology from Rajendra Hospital, Patiala. After moving to North America Dr. Jain completed another M.D. in Internal Medicine in Chicago, USA. Follow her MD in Internal Medicine, she completed a Geriatrics fellowship at Loyola University, in Chicago, USA. Dr. Jain moved to Canada around 14 years ago and since then has been practicing as an Internal Medicine specialist and Geriatrician in the Fraser Health Region. Dr. Jain also holds the Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as of the American College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Gurdeep Gill Sakkarwal, Physiotherapist Gurdeep Gill Sakkarwal completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2005 (DAVV University) and her Master of Sports Physiotherapy in 2007 (GNDU University) in India. After she moved to Canada in 2010, she completed further training as a Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer (BCRPA), as well as licensing for IMS/Dry Needling and Acupuncture treatments (Acupuncture Canada). Presently, she works as a Registered Physiotherapist at Nordel Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic, where she uses an integrative approach in her practice. She believes that a positive approach and environment can improve health and quality of life. Beyond her work in the clinic, Gurdeep has provided physiotherapy consultation on Red FM and worked as a Yoga Instructor on a KVOS TV show. Outside of work, she maintains an active lifestyle including daily yoga and other fitness activities.


Dr. Kausar Suhail, Registered Psychologist Dr. Kausar Suhail is a registered psychologist in British Columbia. With respect to education and training, she completed PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK, and attended University of California - Los Angeles, USA, as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow. She has 25+ years of experience in clinical research, teaching and practice. In addition to working at Surrey Mental Health, she is involved in a private practice in Surrey, BC. Her practice involves assessment and treatment of various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and panic, PTSD, OCD, chronic pain, grief and loss, etc.



Priti Suri, Registered Dietitian Registered with College of Dietitians of BC, Priti Suri is currently the Chief Consulting Dietitian at Diet Group. Priti spends the majority of her time consulting for organizations, government, conducting educational workshops, individual nutrition counseling, public speaking and writing. She completed studies in Clinical Dietetics and has worked on a wide array of projects with BC Children’s, Abbotsford Regional, Toronto East General, Mount Sinai Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children. Priti is a trusted food & nutrition expert and has been actively involved in various community initiatives bearing positions as well as membership of key committees. She has delivered nutrition lectures at corporate organizations, hospitals, schools, non‐profits and has given several Nutrition Programs / Interviews /Expert Views on Radio, Television and in the Print Media. As a nutrition columnist, she covers health, nutrition and diet related information about chronic disease prevention and management.

About iCON:

iCON supports multicultural communities, patients and caregivers across BC to optimize chronic disease prevention and self-management through community education, knowledge sharing, and technology. iCON is an initiative led by UBC Digital Emergency Medicine, supported by the B.C. Ministry of Health’s Patients as Partners Initiative. iCON is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Doctors of BC Excellence in Health Promotion award, non-profit category.