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FREE South Asian Health Forum 2019

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This year marks iCON’s 10-year anniversary. Celebrating 10 years of service and partnership with the South Asian community, iCON is hosting a free South Asian health forum entitled “Healthy@Home – Living Well with Chronic Conditions”. iCON will be bringing this forum to patients and families in Abbotsford, BC to help seniors improve their quality of life, remain independent, and achieve wellness at home and in their community.

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. This interactive forum taking place on Saturday, March 16th, 2019, will share the latest tips and resources for preventing and managing chronic conditions.

Patients, families, health professionals, and community organizations will come together at this event to learn, discuss, and share information about early detection, and prevention of complications related to diabetes and high blood pressure. Exploring the theme of healthy aging, a panel of health experts will share strategies for self-management, healthy living, caregiving and caregiver wellness, and navigating community support services.

During the open house session participants can take part in health screenings and, through information booths, learn about chronic disease management and resources for patients and families provided by health and community organizations.

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Forum Logistics:

Event: iCON South Asian Health Forum: "Healthy@Home - Living Well with Chronic Conditions"
When: Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  Health Exhibition    11:30 am – 1:00 pm - featuring health information booths, community resources and health screenings
  Forum:    1:00 pm – 3:30 pm - featuring panel discussions and Q&A with health experts
Who: Seniors and their families, caregivers – everyone is welcome!
Where:  Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC  V2T 6S3
Cost:  Free
Language:  Punjabi
Webcast: Live Webcast available at
Social Media:
  #digEM, #iCONforum

Follow this link to register in advance for the iCON South Asian Health Forum

Eventbrite - iCON South Asian Health Forum


Key Messages:

Our team of health experts will share the latest information on:

  • Managing hypertension and diabetes
  • Lifestyle management including nutrition, medication, exercise, and other self-care recommendations for individuals diagnosed with diabetes
  • Caregiver strategies to support aging family members while maintaining own health and wellness
  • How to access community supports and services, and digital resources for both seniors and caregivers


We hope to see you there!


Meet the Panel:

Dr. Kendall Ho

Dr. Kendall Ho – ER Physician

Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency medicine specialist and the lead at Digital Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Executive Director of the interCultural Online health Network (iCON), an initiative that supports multicultural populations in BC to optimize chronic disease management. His academic and research interests are in digital health, specifically the use of information technologies to improve healthcare for patients. 


Dr. Gulzar Cheema

Dr. Gulzar Cheema – Family Physician

Dr. 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. Gulzar 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 also practised 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 a MLA in Canada.


Jay Bains

Jay Bains – iCON South Asian Community Liaison Officer

Jay Bains has been involved with iCON’s South Asian division since 2009. Jay is a Ph.D. candidate, University Gold Medalist, and Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian undertaking research in the areas of cross-cultural health and wellness and seniors health. Jay is a Master Trainer in the Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management programs with certification from Stanford University. Through involvement with University of Victoria Self-Management Program, Jay has gained invaluable experience coordinating projects pertaining to seniors health and wellness.


Priti Suri

Priti Suri – Dietitian

Registered with College of Dietitians of BC, currently Priti is the Chief Consulting Dietitian at Diet Group Registered Dietitians. Priti spends the majority of her time consulting for organizations, government, conducting educational workshops, individual nutrition counseling, public speaking and writing. She completed undergraduate studies in Clinical Dietetics and has worked on 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.


Gurdeep Gill Sakkarwal

Gurdeep Gill Sakkarwal – Physiotherapist

Gurdeep completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2005 from the MGM Medical College, DAVV University, Indore, India, and Master of Sports Physiotherapy degree in 2007 from the GNDU University, Amritsar, India. Gurdeep has experience in teaching as well. She was a visiting lecturer at MGM Medical College, India, for Yoga Therapy.

In 2010, Gurdeep became a registered Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer with BCRPA in British Columbia, Canada. She has worked as a Yoga instructor at the South Surrey Recreation Center and on a KVOS TV show. She has been consulted on Red FM Radio a few times as a Physiotherapist.

Gurdeep’s professional attitude involves an integrative approach. Her treatment technique focuses on both assessment and treatment, to maximize functional recovery. She believes the best results can be achieved from a positive approach, and that a positive environment can improve health and quality of life. Gurdeep is licensed for IMS/Dry Needling treatment and she is presently pursuing Acupuncture.


Dr. Pargat Bhurji

Dr. Pargat Bhurji – Pediatrician

Dr. Bhurji has been a consulting Paediatrician in Surrey from 23 years. Trained at BC Children Hospital University of British Columbia Vancouver. He is a Winner of Several Community Service Awards. “Our Children are our Future “ is his Slogan Making Efforts for Betterment of our Children Physical, Mental & Spiritual Well being. Proficient in 7 Languages, Dr Bhurji is a Media Personality who likes to help you. A Frequent on TV and Radio with Health Shows. Service to Humanity is his Prime Motto. Dr. Bhurji provided international free Medical service during 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka , 2010 Earthquake in Haiti and 2015 Earthquake in Nepal. Respect, Compassion, Kindness, Brotherhood, Humour and Unconditional Love are the values which guide him


Dr. Sajal Jain

Dr. Sajal Jain – Internist


Dr. Iqbal Bains

Iqbal Bains – Registered Pharmacist

Iqbal Bains is currently the pharmacy manager at the Save-On-Foods Pharmacy in Delta. He started his career as a Pharmacy Assistant in 1993 with Save-On-Foods in 1993 at the Duncan location. After graduating as a pharmacist from UBC in 1994, he continued his career in Duncan for a further 9 more years. Thereafter he moved to the lower mainland where he currently practices in the Delta/Surrey area since 2004. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. And when time permits, he’s at the ice rink playing hockey.


Dr. Shavinder Gill – Internist

Dr. Shavinder Gill grew up in India, where he completed a large portion of his education and internal medicine training. He also specializes in Sleep Medicine, in addition to Internal Medicine. Dr. Gill later got his start in the Lower Mainland in 2000 as an internist at Abbotsford’s first hospital, MSA. Soon thereafter, he was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Internal Medicine at UBC in 2005. He has also been the former President of the Executive committee of the Fraser Valley Internal Medicine Association, and served as a member of the Executive committee of Community and Rural Internal Medicine BC.


Charn K. Sangha

Charn K. Sangha – Registered Clinical Counsellor and Social Worker

Charn received her Bachelor of Social work degree in 2011 from the University of the Fraser Valley and recently also earned her Master of Social Work Degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2018. In addition to having worked in a clinical setting, she also has experience working in Correctional Facilities, and has also conducted research with the South Asian Studies Institute at UFV. Charn’s counselling services have tackled a multitude of challenge, some of which include family conflict, life transitions, multicultural issues, parenting difficulties and trauma/PTSD. In her free time, she loves to travel, read and volunteer in her local community. Charn also has a keen interest in community development, especially when it comes to creating new programs and services for children, youth, women and children.


Navneet Bhogal

Navneet Bhogal – Nurse Practitioner

Navneet Bhogal is a family Nurse Practitioner, currently working in Chilliwack Primary Care Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University College of the Fraser Valley (now known as University of the Fraser Valley)in 2002. She has worked in a variety of settings but she has always had a special interest heart health. She received her Master in Advanced Nursing Practice from Athabasca University in 2012. She began her journey as a nurse practitioner in cardiac clinic at Abbotsford hospital then moved into family practice. Her philosophy of care is equipping her patients with education and tools that they need to look after themselves especially when it comes to chronic diseases such as diabetes and Hypertension.