Raising funds for The Queensway Carleton Hospital by Professionals of Indian descent while celebrating The Festival of Lights, Diwali
When: Friday, October 13, 2017 Where: Infinity Convention Centre
Ottawa, October 10, 2017 – In celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, the Network
of Indian Professionals (NetIP), will host its 7th Diwali Gala as a fundraiser for the Queensway Carleton Hospital at Infinity Convention Centre, Ottawa, on Friday October 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM onwards. The Gala will be attended by over 300 professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs, that includes ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees for this year, Deepak Chopra, President and CEO Canada Post, His Excellency Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India, Cuckoo Kochar, President and CEO DCR/Phoenix Group of Companies. Some of the attendees will be Attorney Gen. Yasir Naqvi, Honorary Co-chair of the Gala, Mayor Jim Watson, MP Kanata-Carleton Karen McCrimmon, Indo-Canadian MP Chandra Arya, Dr. Tim Summerlee, President Carleton, Tina Sarellas, Regional President, RBC and Dr. Rosanne Runte, among others
The evening will feature a silent auction, multi-station cuisine from different regions of India, colorful and vivid selected cultural performances, photo booth, and sparklers that will woo attendees dressed like Indian prince and princesses. The gala will showcase diversity and ethnic richness of Indians in Canada.
Celebrated throughout the world, Diwali, also known as the great “Festival of Lights”, is
symbolized by wonderful traditions that include the offering of Indian sweets, exchanging of gifts and the lighting of candles or lanterns to wish one another a prosperous and healthy year. It brings together individuals of all backgrounds to celebrate the joys of life with zest and the victory of good over evil. Diwali is a national holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guyana, and many other countries. In recent times, it has been celebrated at Canadian Parliament and during Obama’s tenure at the White House.
NetIP Canada (erstwhile NetIP Ottawa) is a volunteer driven non-profit organization (No. 1011645-9) dedicated to the overall achievement and advancement of South Asian professionals. NetIP focuses on 1) Professional Development 2) Community and Civic engagement 3) Cultural Awareness and 4) Political Awareness.
NetIP, under the leadership of Sid Kumar, President, have won an award for the Best Chapter 2014 at the Annual NetIP Conference in Atlanta, GA. “While we have generated and built business and professional relationships we have actively engaged in philanthropy work and have raised money for Ottawa Hospital and City For All Women Initiative (CAWI) in last two years through our Diwali Gala and have distributed computer tablets to rural underprivileged students in India in partnership with Data Wind”, we are looking forward to a great evening of fun, networking and giving back to the community and my congratulations to the award winners” said Mr. Kumar.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with
Sid Kumar, President, NetIP- Canada please call 613.620.2074 or e-mail