Vasant Panchami – Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 – 6:30pm

Our forthcoming function in the temple is Vasant Panchami on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm followed by Dinner. Please join us in the Bhajans (Chanting), Aarti and dinner.

The Preeti Bhojan (dinner) will be served by the VHP board executives.

Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami highlights the coming of spring: Vasant means “spring,”and Panchami means “the fifth day. Vasant Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science. The color yellow is associated with the festival, which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during the spring. Men and women wear yellow clothes on this day. Sweets with a yellow hue are exchanged with friends and family. Another tradition associated with this day is that of initiating studies in the young. Young children often begin learning on this day.



The Nomination Committee (NC) has concluded the Victoria Hindu Parishad & Cultural Centre (VHPCC) election for 2016.  The NC wishes to thank all VHPCC members for accepting and adhering to the procedures and rulings from the NC; for the wonderful participation and especially exercising your vote.

This is the first year, the VHPCC introduced electronic voting – exactly 20 years after adopting our current VHPCC Constitution.  The NC is pleased to inform that the electronic voting was very well received by those who were accommodated by this system.

There were: 15 Electronic votes; 35 Proxy votes; 20 Advance votes and 78 votes on Election day for a total of 148 cast votes, approximately 52.9% turnout, our highest turnout to date!  The NC is pleased to inform the VHPCC members, the total cast vote tallied perfectly with the final counts!

There were 0 spoiled ballots; 2 rejected ballots.  For those who love math; the reason why the President’s vote total is 144 and not 148 …  is due to 2 rejected ballots and there were 2 ballots where the Voter had elected not to give a vote to either candidate running for President (i.e., the ballot had no X for this position and proceeded to mark an X for other positions).

The NC wishes to thank the 2 scrutineers, Rai Goyal and Nishant Prashar (Hari Krishan Sharma’s son) who were excellent choices, and in NC’s opinion are exceptionally smart & talented young men, with bright future and worthy to be our VHPCC President in the future!

The NC at the VHPCC AGM declared the total vote count for each position. There was a tie for the President’s vote and the NC gave each candidate/parties a choice for a recount, which after internal discussions was declined by each Candidate.  The NC declared the elected positions with the exception of the President, and entertained a Motion for a by-election to be held as soon as possible, respecting the 14-day Notice requirement to the VHPCC members. The Motion passed.  A further Motion to hold a Town Hall meeting, before the by-election, with the Candidates elect also passed.  Mr. Surinder Sharma at this time requested the NC to permit him to address the VHPCC members and subsequently withdrew his candidacy from the upcoming by-election.

The NC at the VHPCC AGM declared the following Election results and the Board of Trustees for 2016.

1 Sharma, Hari Krishan – 72 Tie Elected
2 Sharma, Surinder – 72 Tie Withdrew

Vice President
1 Agarwal, Nainesh – 73 Elected
2 Sund, Arvind – 72

1 Ganti, Sridevi – 81 Elected
2 Trivedi, Kartik – 61

1 Goyal, Raj – 100 Elected

Public relations 
1 Potumutu, Praveen – 70 Elected
2 Shukla, Kamlesh – 66

Directors: Elect Nine (9)
1 Handa, Balvinder – 121 Elected
2 Palta, Satish – 119 Elected
3 Vyas, Vijay – 113 Elected
4 Sharma, Sangita – 102 Elected
5 Padmawar, Rajkumar – 101 Elected
6 Jhagra, Guru Dutt – 96 Elected
7 Prasad, Raj – 95 Elected
8 Mittal, Yadvinder – 90 Elected
9 Sharma, Lokesh – 85 Elected
10 Ghai, Gopal – 82
11 Gham, Hemant – 81
12 Katireddy, Chinna – 31 Withdrew

The following members were appointed as the VHPCC Board of Trustees for 2016:
1 Ashok, Agarwal
2 Suresh, Basrur
3 Andy, Jani
4 Shurinder, Sharma (PH)
5 Santosh, Sood

Respectfully Submitted,
Andy Jani (Chair, Nomination Committee)
Ashok Agarwal
Sharada Chintalapati

VHP Board Nominations For Year 2016

VHPCC Board Nominations For Year 2016

We are approaching an end to another successful year for Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Center (VHPCC). We achieved a great deal of success in this past year with sincere efforts, hard work and devotion of the Executive Board, Trustees, Volunteers and through the generous donations by members and community.

The VHPCC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00pm in the VHPCC Temple Dining Hall (1934 Cultra Ave., Saanichton, BC, V8M 1L7), followed by an election for next year’s Executive Board.

Volunteering as a Board member is very rewarding. The Nomination Committee strongly encourages all members of VHPCC, who are in good standing, to submit nominations for the position of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations and Board Directors (9), for 2016/17 by 2:00pm, January 23, 2016.

Please note, NO nomination/s will be permitted from the floor at the AGM, and therefore, you are strongly requested to submit your nomination, for election to a Board position, before the submission deadline.

We also request all outgoing Board members and members seeking a position on the new Board to attend the AGM to provide their feedback and suggestions. For more details and nomination, please visit the nomination form here.

Please submit your completed NOMINATION FORM 2016 to one of the Nomination Committee members as listed below by 2:00pm on January 23, 2016.

Important dates:
• Last date to submit the nomination form: January 23, 2016 by 2:00pm
• Final List of the nominees published: January 25, 2016
• Proxy voting: January 27 to January 29, 2016
• Advance poll: January 30, 2016 (Between 7:30 pm to 9:00pm) at VHPCC
• AGM Meeting and election: January 31, 2016 at 2:00pm

For any questions, please contact the Nomination Committee Members. Members of the Nomination Committee are:

Mr. Andy Jani, Phone: 250.721.3490 Email:
Dr. Ashok Agarwal, Phone: 250.384.1521 Email:
Mrs. Sharada Chintalapati, Phone: 250.472.3718 Email: