Sanjana Khaira of  Sanjana Khaira Law Corporatio

Sanjana Khaira of Sanjana Khaira Law Corporatio

Local business owners win entrepreneur awards

Douglas College announces its Entrepreneur of the Year awards

A Surrey and a Delta business owner were rewarded for their entrepreneurial endeavors at the annual Douglas College Self Employment Program Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on October 19th, during small business week.

Sanjana Khaira, from Surrey, received the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s Youth Entrepreneur Award.  Sanjana has a vision to be the premier name in providing effective, affordable and personalized quality legal services aimed at meeting the needs of our local population, specifically Indo-Fijians and local home and business owners.  Her firm, Sanjana Khaira Law Corporation is one of the only firms in the lower mainland that specifically caters to the needs of the local Indo-Fijian population.  They practice in the areas of personal injury, general civil litigation including collections, immigration, and basic corporate/commercial law including contract disputes.  With three lower mainland locations, they look forward to continually serving their clientele with professionalism, compassion and integrity.

Who would have thought that in just 7 months from starting her business the City of New Westminster Service Award winner, Terryl Plotnikoff, would find herself managing 12 employees, fielding calls from across Canada and looking to expand?  Plotnikoff’s business, Canadian Mattress Recycling, in Delta, opened its doors for business January 2011, and has grown exponentially.  They recycle mattresses for some of the most popular mattress retailers and high-end hotels, as well as the City of Surrey, one of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing municipalities.  Having developed customized programs to help their commercial clients reduce both their solid waste fees and their environmental footprint, they have given their clients a way to stay within budget and move toward sustainability. Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge is one they take very seriously with their company recycling almost 100% of the material which comes through their doors.

Also recognized as Finalists at the Awards were two Surrey business owners.

Amarvir Singh Rai, of Amarvir Rai Law Office, was a finalist for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation Youth Entrepreneur Award.  His company provides a wide range of legal services.

Francisco Harp was an Alliance Printing Perseverance Award finalist.  His company, Jelly Delight Desserts Inc. is the first ready-to-eat gelatin dessert on the Canadian market, with a large variety of shapes and flavors.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards recognizes graduates of the Douglas College Self Employment Program, 2011 marked the sixteenth year of the program and 3,300 businesses launched.  This year, 27 finalists were nominated for awards in nine categories, plus the overall winner.   The celebrations were held at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam, and were attended by over 400 program alumni and special guests.

For more information on the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and the Douglas College Self Employment Program, please visit their website at www.douglascollege.ca/selfemployment.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sources team members (left to right) Carrie Belanger, Abby Gemino, Tatiana Belyaeva, Yasmin de Joya-Pagal cheer during the 2020 Coldest Night of the Year event. This year’s event will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sources photo)
White Rock’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser goes virtual

Annual walk raises funds for variety of Sources programs and services

An Amica White Rock resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a Jan. 15, 2021 clinic. (Tracy Holmes photo)
PHOTOS: South Surrey seniors grateful for ‘freedom’ of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics at Fraser Health long-term and assisted-living sites were to wrap up Jan. 15

Surrey Council Chambers. (File photo)
Surrey city councillors complain not enough public input in committees

City has gone ‘exactly the opposite direction,’ Councillor Brenda Locke charges

A Transit Police officer and another driver were injured on Nov. 4 in a traffic crash while the officer was responding to another officers call for help catching a man who escaped custody. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Police watchdog investigating Surrey crash that injured transit cop, another driver

Crash happened 11 p.m. Nov. 4, at 128th Street and 93rd Avenue in Cedar Hills

Friends and family of murder victim Paul Prestbakmo wore memorial masks outside Surrey Provincial Court Jan. 14, 2021. (From left) Family friend Tyler Whitley, sister Angela Prestbakmo, childhood friend Jimmy Slater, brother Steve Prestbakmo, Semiahmoo First Nation councillor Roxanne Charles and sister Liz Prestbakmo. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Two accused in 2019 South Surrey murder were ‘really angry,’ pacing at party: witness

‘We had this really strong gut feeling that something was really wrong’

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Most Read