(Left to Right) – Chad Shew, Dev Ramkallie, Shawn Binda
PICKERING, ONTARIO – October 20, 2014 It was a special night at the Devi Mandir for Dev Ramkallie, a youth of the Mandir who grew up attending the Baal Vikaas classes every Sunday morning. He was the recipient of the DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship, a $1000 grant which is awarded to a deserving youth in the Hindu Community who has demonstrated academic excellence as well as community involvement.
Chad Shew, one of the organizing members of DM Youth who made the announcement at the Devi Mandir’s Annual Diwali Mela on October 18th, 2014 told the audience of over 300 people the achievements of Dev throughout high school.
“[He] was a member of numerous committees including: the student council, the anti-bullying committee, and the Eco-Schools committee. [He] is also a competitive baseball player at the rep. level, and was a coach for a minor league in Ajax.”
Dev is in his first year at the the University of Toronto, studying Political Science and International Relations. During his acceptance speech, Dev acknowledged the work of the founding members of DM Youth as well as the current organizers who make coming to the Devi Mandir a truly unique experience.
To date, DM Youth has awarded $8250 in scholarships to deserving youth at the Devi Mandir, a truly remarkable achievement by any Hindu youth organization throughout the Greater Toronto Area. This year DM Youth is celebrating 10 years of active community service and uniting Hindu Youth in the Devi Mandir.
“Its important that families today realize the importance of carrying on the traditions of our ancestors and maintaining the Hindu way of life in Canada,” said Shawn Binda one of the founding members of DM Youth. “DM Youth is one avenue to encourage youth to get involved within the community, meet other Hindu youth and form bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime.”