Dave Sidhu announced that he will be seeking to represent Abbotsford as a City Councillor in the upcoming by-election.
Sidhu is the General Manager of BC’s only bi-lingual newspaper – The Patrika. The newspaper, established over two decades ago, was North America’s first Punjabi-English newspaper and publishes weekly out of its Abbotsford office to readers across the Lower Mainland.
“Community service has always been an integral part of my life; and it’s what I hope to do while on council: serve all members of our community with equality, dignity, and respect” says Sidhu, who draws on inspiration to serve the community from his father, Dr. Andy Sidhu, the founder of the Patrika Media, and Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley.
Sidhu is an active volunteer in the community, serving as the President of the Indo-Canadian Business Association, and as a director of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation.
In 2019, Sidhu was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas for his service to the community.
He made news last year when he was part of the Abbotsford Business Community Coalition (ABCC), organized to help local businesses after the economic impact of COVID-19. He has also played a leading role with a team of community volunteers that have been organizing free grocery packs for families struggling during the pandemic.
A lifelong Abbotsford resident, Sidhu is committed to building the type of community that families can live, work, and play in.
“As a young father, I want to ensure that Abbotsford is a place that can provide opportunities for families - opportunities for this generation and the next” says Sidhu.
This is the second time that Sidhu is running for city council. In 2018, he just missed earning a seat on the eight member city council, finishing 9th with 12,187 votes.