Harnoor Gill, born in Hong Kong, is a 17-year old Canadian Sikh youth, who will be conferred with the prestigious ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Award. This award comes with a Certificate of Excellence from the India International Friendship Society of New Delhi, India. The award will be presented on January 8, 2016. Harnoor will be recognized for his outstanding services, achievements and contributions, raising the flag of India high outside the country.
Gill moved to Canada with his parents in Canada in 2002, and is a youth community activist. He is a passionate youth always willing to help others, to serve local and global community. For the last three years, he has been tirelessly working to strengthen ties between India and Canada, on a local level.
At the age of 14, Gill founded the Peace Welcome Club, in order to encourage youth to get involved in volunteering opportunities. Harnoor volunteers with many local organizations including World Vision Canada, Town of Halton Hills and Crime Stoppers of Halton. He has delivered keynote speeches to several academic institutions and universities in Canada during the last decade, and currently is on Board of the Laidlaw Foundation as an Youth Advisor.
Being a youth leader in the community, Gill has helped thousands of youth, from all parts of the world, to get involved in their communities and in their volunteer service requirement for high school to Canada. He has been associated with local youth in India to inspire them and help them become leaders in their communities with the goal of making a difference.
“We have inspired and encouraged our Youth Ambassadors to create and lead projects such as: community clean ups, food drive and jean drives, to help the children in need. We have successfully participated in ‘Clean India project and raised awareness about reducing waste and make sustainable choices through write ups,” said Gill.
Gill is also a recipient of; Punjabi Press Club of Canada’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014; the International ‘Diana’ Award in 2013; the ‘YMCA Peace Medallion’ in 2012; the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and Canada’s Top 15 Under 15, in 2011.
Gill is invited to attend the annual function of IIFS “Global Participation in India’s Economic Development” scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 8th January, 2016.