A shorter version of this story appears in the November, 2013 edition of The Westcoast Reader
Harbinder Singh Sewak won the 2013 prize for media at the World Sikh Awards.
The World Sikh Awards honour the good work of Sikhs around the world.
Sewak is the first Canadian to win a World Sikh Award.
Sewak publishes newspapers in Vancouver. The newspapers he publishes are the Asian Pacific Post, the South Asian Post and the Filipino Post.
He helped write a book called Justice for Jassi. The book tells the story of the honour killing of Jaswinder Jassi Sidhu. Sidhu’s mother and uncle were arrested for her murder in 2000.
Sewak has travelled and lived in many places in the world.
He was born in Malaysia. He ran a clothing store in Bangkok. In New Zealand, he lived with the native Maoris. He backpacked through Europe.
Finally, he moved to Vancouver in the early 1990s.
“There is more to the ethnic community than just parades, Chinese New Year and Vaisakhi,” says Sewak.
The fourth annual World Sikh Awards ceremony took place in London, England in November.