By S. S. Bhangoo
WINDSOR: CANADA: The third Sikh Youth Seminar was held at the University of Windsor. There were 35 participants from Canada and the United States. The main purpose was to bring our youth together where they could discuss issues concerning them and our society in general.
Several of the youth performed Shabad Kirtan at the local Gurdwara which was enjoyed by the Sangat. Later, we drove to Point Pelee National Park for a picnic on the beach. During the week, the seminar was arranged into four daily activates, a morning session, Punjabi class, free time, and an evening session.
The morning sessions from 9:00 to 12:00 were exclusively devoted to formal presentations by various: scholars on the Sikh religion, history, and culture: S. Gurfateh Singh, Dr. J.W. Spellman, Bob Buckie, and Dr. Santokh Singh. Many Participants also gave talks on short notice including Mona Singh, Amrik Singh, Roger Chawla, Isha Singh, Bobby Kathuria, Raj Bains, Sonia Ahluwalia, Jessie Bhangoo, Bawa Singh, and Amrita Singh. These sessions were in the form of a talk followed by a discussion.
The Punjabi classes were held after lunch in an informal atmosphere. The major stress was on conversation in Punjabi. This new method introduced by the teacher, Sunder Kaur, was appreciated by participants trying to express themselves some for the first time.
Most of the afternoon was devoted to unstructured sports and recreation. Some made use of the facilities while others relaxed on the green lawns of the campus where activities ranged from ‘open discussion to skits and folk dances. The talk on how to prepare for a job interview by S. Harkrishan Singh of Ford Motor Company was given at one of these sessions. This presentation was very popular because of its relevance.
The evaluation of the seminar by the participants has always been a great help and it is hoped that it will help to improve seminars in the future. A complete composite evaluation follows, divided into several general categories.
I wish to thank all those who attended especially Baboo and Bobby for their assistance. I invite volunteers to help organize the 4th Sikh Youth Seminar tentatively to be held June 30 to July 8, 1989 and encourage those who wish to hold their own seminars. As usual, all comments and suggestions are solicited.
Article extracted from this publication >> September 2, 1988