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Indo-Canadian Arts and Culture Initiative

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Founded in 2014 as a social enterprise, the Indo-Canadian Arts and Culture Initiative (ICACI) is a registered organization dedicated to guiding members of the community to personal and professional success through participation in events, workshops and other cultural and community activities.
Our exciting programs gives people from all walks of life within the community an opportunity to create experience and excel in their chosen profession and at the same time give back to the community. ICACI, initially started as social enterprise, can now boast of some of the most influential people in the Indo-Canadian society sitting on their advisory board.
Our aim is to provide everyone with the opportunity and support that would enable them to showcase their talent and achieve excellence in their field of expertise.
By supporting ICACI you are investing in excellence in the Indo-Canadian community and making a positive impact on the lives of many Canadians and new immigrants within the country.
Through our series of workshops and events, ICACI has developed hundreds of  young people into confident and talented professionals and recognized their work in public, thus giving them a standing in society.
Pulling from the local population, ICACI provides an extraordinary opportunity for serious young professionals to pursue their dream and hone their craft, and gives students looking to expand their skill set and experience personal growth numerous volunteer opportunities.

Mokshi Virk - Founder

Director of a social enterprise & non- profit organization, realtor, event manager, Speaker, socially conscientious citizen, doting mother, caring wife, dear friend and an exemplary example to the community, Mokshi Virk is all of these things.
She is one of the few people who is willing to walk the extra mile for the benefit of the community.

A successful Real Estate Broker with Homelife Silvercity Realty Inc. Brokerage. Virk is already a busy woman helping her clients buy and sell property and holding homebuyers seminars and workshops for her clients.

But despite that Virk always manages to take time out to do something for her community, as her way of giving back. “Being a Realtor is financially satisfying but doing something for your community is emotionally satisfying.”

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With a degree in English and Mass Communications from Panjab University, India, Virk’s entrepreneurial achievements include hosting and organizing the Celebrating Womanhood  Gala event in Brampton and Mississauga  on the occasion of International Woman’s Day, which is seeing its seventh year running, organizing fundraising and community events and worked as a volunteer “Chair of School Council” at the Sir William Gage Middle School in Brampton and helping new immigrants build social connections and get comfortable with the settling phase in Canada.
She has a lengthy history of community leadership and volunteer service. Mokshi has dedicated her time to various charitable and not-for-profit boards.
Mokshi Virk, is the founding Director of ICACI and she has been organizing the International Woman’s Day Celebrating Womanhood Gala and Award Night for the past seven years, giving Woman Hero awards to members of the community who in their own way have contributed to social development and philanthropic activities within the community.
Through this event and award function, Virk has tried to honor and support women of the Indo-Canadian origin, thus establishing them as role models and paving walkways for future generations.

Chitralekha Potnis - Director

Chitralekha has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. She has Post Graduate Diplomas in Digital Electronics & Microprocessors and in Industrial Management. She has more than thirty years of professional experience in industry, academics, education management, and management. She has published 50 technical research papers nationally and internationally, and has been   on various advisory committees of International Conferences on Engineering Education.  She has-been invited to give lectures several times, especially on Institute, Industry Interaction, Quality of Engineering Education, Teaching Methodologies, Institute Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Curriculum Design & Development. She has been socially active in arranging and participating in several conferences.

 

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She has worked with street children on some UNICEF project. One of these projects aimed to get street children and child labourers off the streets and into school by explaining the importance of education to the children and their parents. Another project was directed towards young girls being forced into prostitution due to poverty and destitution. The project educated the girls as well as the parents by making them aware about not only the risks of exposing girls at a young age to physical and sexual abuse but also the moral decrepitude behind such actions. The aim was to explain to parents and girls the importance of empowering the girls, and the importance and benefits of education to society in general and their families in particular.

She was one out of few specially trained by the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) to be women entrepreneurs.

She has counselled women who have been injured at work and were out of a job, and has helped them in choosing a different career through continuing education followed by being gainfully employed. She firmly believes that it is essential for women to be gainfully employed or entrepreneurs to maintain their dignity and self respect.

She has worked as an Executive Committee member of Marathi Bhashik Mandal Toronto, which is a social organization of people speaking one of the Indian languages who live in the GTA.

She was awarded a Woman Hero award in the field of Education at the 6th Annual Celebrating Womanhood 2018 Gala by the Indo-Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (ICACI).

She is a currently the President and Co Owner of Peel College of Professional Studies, a college that is owned and operated by women.

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