Chintan Bhavsar, originally from Gujarat State, India, relocated to Canada, where she has made significant contributions as the Founder and President of the Nataraj Youth Cultural Organization (NYCO). Through NYCO, Chintan has played a crucial role in strengthening Indo- Canada bilateral relations by showcasing cultural diversity and promoting Asian heritage. She has also introduced innovative initiatives to enhance the profile and impact of NYCO on a global scale.
Alongside her community work, Chintan has been an educator in Toronto and devoted her spare time to organizing cultural programs and exhibitions as a passionate advocate for the arts. Her sculptures have been featured in solo and group art exhibitions across the globe and are on display in private collections, government offices and embassies, hotels, and corporations in India.
Chintan has co-chaired the India Pavilion at the Carassauga Festival of Cultures and has coordinated charity fundraisers, art exhibitions, and cultural shows since 2003. Numerous awards have recognized her significant contributions, including the MD Sharma Award for outstanding voluntary services to the Indo-Canadian Community, the Volunteer Service Award from the Premier of Ontario, and the Outstanding Voluntary Services Award from the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre, to name a few.
Chintan's (NYCO) latest community support projects include the International Community Zoom Program on Enrichment of Life and Living, which provides moral support during these challenging times, and a daily free meal service for more than 500 families affected by COVID- 19 across GTA, in collaboration with the Arpan Foundation.
In addition to her community work, Chintan is a successful licensed financial advisor.
Supriya, a native of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, holds a Fine Arts degree from CN College in her hometown. She has cultivated a passion for various creative activities, including reading, painting, and gardening. In India, Supriya dedicated her time to conducting visual arts classes for children aged 4-18 and contributing articles to numerous newspapers and magazines.
Supriya's father, Joravarsinh Jadav, is a renowned author who has authored over 100 books on folk literature & art and received the Padmashree award for his contribution to the Gujarati culture and folk art through the Gujarat Lok Kala Foundation. Supriya actively collaborated with her father in establishing the Gujarat Lok Kala Foundation, which provides support, training, costumes, and financial resources to traditional folk artists to continue their art. The foundation has supported over 25,000 conventional folk artists in India and organized various events worldwide.
In 2004, Supria immigrated to Canada with her family and worked at the State Bank of India before starting a successful tax, accounting, and consulting family business. She is an active member of the Rajput Association of North America. She has recently founded the Canadian Gujarati Women's Association to promote and recognize the work of Canadian Gujarati women.
Aruna Narola has led a remarkable life, having lived and raised a family on three continents. She was born in India and grew up as the sixth of seven children. After getting married, she moved to Africa to support her husband's career in architecture, where she raised her two children.
Later, she immigrated to Canada alone to create a stable foundation for her family's future. Despite having no prior experience, Aruna successfully grew three retail businesses for 14 years, relying solely on her determination to succeed. In addition to this, she had to learn to speak English fluently and immerse herself in a new culture.
After retiring, Aruna took on the role of "Nani/Baa," or grandmother, to her three granddaughters and one grandson, whom she helped raise. Furthermore, she founded the Halton Community & Cultural Association (HCCA) during the pandemic. This nonprofit organization provides a voice for the Indian community and brings people together for health, wellness, and cultural events.
In addition to her work with the HCCA, Aruna recently joined the Canadian Gujarati Women Association (CGWA) to expand her community involvement. She also enjoys staying active by taking hour-long walks every day.