Putting My Experience
Born and raised in Abbotsford, Dave Sidhu is the General Manager for The Patrika Media, the only bilingual newspaper in British Columbia. Outside of his duties at the newspaper, Dave holds a wealth of board experience and has served the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association for over six years as a director, vice-president, and now president. Through this association, Dave has chaired annual events such as Vaisakhi luncheon, scholarship night for high school students, and various fundraising galas supporting local charities. He also sits on the board of the Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation Board where he is the chair of the board development committee. Dave is extensively involved in the economic growth of Abbotsford. He is a past director of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and was recently a part of helping assemble the Abbotsford Business Community Coalition, a business group launched to support local businesses suffering the economic impact of COVID-19.
Among his many other community roles, Dave has been involved in fundraising efforts for the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, The Canadian Diabetes Association, Abbotsford Police Foundation, and The Archway Food Bank. In the past year, Dave played a leading role with a team of community volunteers that have been organizing free grocery packs for families struggling during the pandemic and help set up the Seva food bank with Archway Community Services, which provides culturally appropriate food for Abbotsford families. In 2019, Dave was recognized with the Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition, the highest recognition that the Rotary International club can present to a community member that exemplifies “Service Above Self.” A driving force in forging strong community links, Dave’s love for his community motivates him to constantly strive for improvement and progress.