S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Forum: Pre-Interview with Mo Dhaliwal, Director of Strategy at Skyrocket Digital
On February 22, 2017, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. held a community forum on "Immigration and Racial Discrimination" in British Columbia, featuring a keynote address by His Excellency Artur Wilczynski, Canada’s Ambassador to Norway. The event also included short presentations by a number of amazing speakers panels and open discussions on "Call for Action."
Schema conducted an short interview in advance of the event with Mo Dhaliwal, Director of Strategy at Skyrocket Digital. Dhaliwal began his career journey at the University of the Fraser Valley studying business administration before honing his talents in software development and Internet marketing in Silicon Valley. He returned to Canada with a newfound appreciation for the cultural diversity of his home, and set out on a personal mission to encourage cross-cultural understanding. Dhaliwal is one of the immigrants featured in a one-of-a-kind documentary video produced by Alejandro Yoshizawa, which was presented during the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. event.
Four Questions for Mo Dhaliwal’s Belief of Importance of Contribution to Canada
Q1: How important is it to you to be able to contribute to Canada?
I think being able to contribute to Canada is really important. As this is a young country in which nation-building is still in process, it is through individuals’ contribution, a way that they are able to influence what this country turns into.
Q2: What do you hope to contribute to Canada?
My biggest hope is to widen the definition of Canadian, because I think this is the biggest thing that is holding some people back and the biggest cause of some tensions between communities. I also think that by widening the definition of being Canadian, not only is it inclusive, but also people can start to recognize what the history looked like.
Q3: What do you hope your children continue to contribute?
Assuming I have children now, my biggest hope is being able to pass down certain ideas to my children that I want. I hope my children adopt those ideas and add their own thoughts, feelings, and experiences on to them. Also, I want them to continue to improve on the promise of Canada, the most attractive thing in this country in my mind – the fact that Canada holds up its promise. The promise of Canada is that this place being a gentler and better place even though the promise has not been always rooted in reality due to many reasons, including historical conflicts.
Q4: What would you need to feel that you are fully contributing?
To be fully contributing, I think there needs to be a true sense of belonging. The arrival to a complete sense of belonging goes so much beyond the simple multiculturalism; no matter what an individual’s ethnicity, race or cultural background is, he or she is the mainstream which is part of culture of Canada.
For more information about the event, please visit http://www.successbc.ca/communityforum