Share this story
Burnaby's citizen of the year is now also one of Canada's top 25 immigrants.
Kehar Singh Aujla's latest honour comes from an online contest by Canadian Immigrant magazine. Other winners in the fourth annual poll include Olympic wrestler Daniel Igali, hip-hop artist K'naan, architect Bing Thom, actress Tonya-Lee Williams and federal MP Olivia Chow.
Aujla, 78, came from India in 1996, volunteers with nine organizations, including the Khalsa Diwan Society in New Westminster, Volunteer Grandparents, Senior Outreach Services Society, Burnaby Hospital and Burnaby Village Museum. He was one of 550 nominated for the award, who were then whittled down to 75 finalists by a panel of past winners. More than 28,000 votes were cast to determine the winners.
Each winner gets a certificate and a $500 donation to a registered Canadian charity of their choice.