TEAM

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Satwinder Bains, PhD,
Director

Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains is the Director of the South Asian Studies Institute and is an Associate Professor in Social Cultural Media Studies. Her current research interests include migration, settlement, and integration; race, racism, and ethnicity; and Punjabi Canadian cultural historiographies.

Thamilini Jothilingam, MFA,
Digital Asset Archivist

Thamilini Jothilingam is the Digital Asset Archivist for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive. Her research and archival interests center at the confluence of art and anthropology, with a focus on gender, memory, cultural heritage, visual histories, and epistemic justice.

Jesse Kaufman,
Marketing and Communications Consultant

International higher education marketing and communications consultant.

Kusum Soni, PhD,
Coordinator

Dr. Kusum Soni is the Coordinator at the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley. She was responsible for translating and cataloguing the Punjabi language archival records for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Madhavee Inamdar, MA,
Former Project Manager (June 2020 - July 2021 )

Madhavee Inamdar was the former Project Manager for the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project at the South Asian Studies Institute. Madhavee offered her expertise in policy, program management and stakeholder engagement to the project.

Magnus Berg, MA,
Former Digital Asset Archivist (September 2020 - September 2021)

Magnus Berg was the former Digital Asset Archivist at the South Asian Studies Institute. They are passionate about preservation and access to community histories for marginalized populations and have presented on preservation, LGBTQ2+ metadata, diversity and inclusion.

Sadhvi Suri,
Former Digital Asset Technician and Assistant Web Developer (September 2020 - January 2022)

Sadhvi Suri is a graduate of the Bachelor of Computer Information System (BCIS) program at the University of the Fraser Valley and worked as a Digital Asset Technician and Assistant Web Developer for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Arshdeep Sandhu,
Assistant Web Developer (January - April 2021)

Arshdeep Sandhu is a graduate of the Bachelor of Computer Information System (BCIS) program at the University of the Fraser Valley and worked as an Assistant Web Developer for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Varshaa Kashyap,
Research Assistant (December 2021 - April 2022)

Varshaa Kashyap is a 4th year Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Psychology student at the University of the Fraser Valley. She worked as a Research and Cataloguing Assistant and was responsible for describing and classifying multiple collections for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Ansh Seth,
Research Assistant (January - April 2022)

Ansh Seth is a 3rd year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) - Accounting student at the University of the Fraser Valley. He worked as a Research and Cataloguing Assistant and was responsible for describing and classifying archival records for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Jahnavi,
Research Assistant (December 2021 - April 2022)

Jahnavi is a 4th year Bachelor of Computer Information System (BCIS) student at the University of the Fraser Valley. She worked as a Research Assistant and was responsible for digitizing and processing multiple collections for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Shivam Vashisht,
Research Assistant (January - April 2022)

Shivam Vashist is a 4th year Bachelor of Computer Information System (BCIS) student at the University of the Fraser Valley. He worked as a Research Assistant and was responsible for digitizing and processing multiple collections for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Meg McGinnis,
Practicum Student (February - March 2022)

Meg McGinnis is a practicum student with the Department of Library Information Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. She was responsible for describing and classifying archival records for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Tania Teixeira,
Cataloguing Technician (September 2021 - February 2022)

Tania Teixeira is an Information Studies student at the University of the Fraser Valley. She worked as a Cataloguing Technician and was responsible for describing and classifying archival records for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

A‌lisa Sohi,
Research Assistant (May - August 2021)

Alisa Sohi is a graduate student of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Program. She worked as an Assistant Digital Asset Archivist for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Tim Ubels,
Practicum Student and Digitization and Cataloguing Technician (February - March 2021/ May - August 2021)

Tim Ubels is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology Program at the University of the Fraser Valley. He worked on digitizing, cataloguing, and thesaurus construction for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Benjamin Arends,
Work Study Student (February - March 2021)

Ben Arends is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology Program at the University of the Fraser Valley. He worked on digitizing, cataloguing, and thesaurus construction for the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive.

Dr. Tzu-I Chung,
Curator, History, Royal BC Museum

Dr. Tzu-I Chung is a cultural and social historian, broadly interested in transnational migration within the context of historical, cultural and economic interactions between North America and Asia-Pacific and of cultural and economic globalization.

Mo Dhaliwal,
Director of Strategy at Skyrocket

Mo collaborates with creative minds across the country and continues to create moving experiences for clients and community. His long-standing passion for technology, and his hunger for new experiences led him to Silicon Valley where he honed his talents in software development and Internet marketing.

Dr. Balbir Gurm,
Faculty of Health at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Gurm is the founding editor-in-chief of Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal. Balbir has been honoured with the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the University of Texas.

Anita Lal,
Director of Community Engagement, World Sikh Organization

Anita Lal is a social justice advocate who works in the non-profit and charity sector. Through her organization Anarchy Consulting, she creates safe spaces for dialogue, critical self reflection, community programming and outreach.

Kim Gough,
Learning Program Developer at the Royal BC Museum

Kim manages school programs, feature exhibitions, volunteer training, gallery interpretation and exploration of the collections, teaching new skills and encouraging dialogue and reflection.

Janet MacDonald - Emeritus,
Former Head of Learning, Royal BC Museum

Janet oversaw all public and school programming activities as they related to formal and informal learning programs delivered by full-time staff, seasonal staff, contract workers and volunteers. She worked with museum staff, cooperating societies, outside agencies and organizations and other government departments.

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra,
Coordinator

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra is the Coordinator at the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, co-curator of exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC and a sessional faculty in the Department of History at UFV.

David Alexander,
Acting Vice President of Collections and Research, Royal BC Museum

David Alexander is the Acting Vice President of Collections and Research at the Royal BC Museum where he oversees a broad portfolio including museum collections, repatriation, research, registration, conservation, preservation and the BC Archives.

Mary-Anne MacDougall,
Librarian, UFV

Mary-Anne MacDougall has been the information services & special collections librarian at UFV since 2001 where she is involved in the coordination of digital project management and information services. She is also the liaison librarian to the History, Political Science and Philosophy departments as well as to the SASI at UFV.

Dave Stewart,
Digital manager, Royal BC Museum

Dave Stewart is the Digital Manager at the Royal BC Museum. He manages a small but mighty team who oversee all the institution’s web assets and their collection management systems for the many collections: museum, archives, library and genealogy.

Ryan Gallagher,
Heritage Administration Manager, Surrey Archives

Ryan Gallagher is the Manager of Heritage Administration for the City of Surrey. In this role he oversees much of the heritage portfolio in Surrey, including management of Surrey Archives, Civic Artifact Collection, Historic Stewart Farm, public heritage assets, heritage and culture planning and supporting the City’s Heritage Advisory Commission.