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Dylan Sidoo Supports VPD Athletics Program for Youth

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dylansidooDavid and Manjy Sidoo’s eldest son, Dylan Sidoo, recently contributed $5000 to support the Vancouver Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) program that provides opportunities for disadvantaged youth to participate in organized athletic events.

The Police Athletic League creates an environment for youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to learn and develop sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership skills. The community-oriented programs provide positive peer interactions, opportunities to develop problem-solving skills and exposure to supportive adult role models.

The PAL program is run by a member of the Vancouver Police Department and has a number of events scheduled for 2015, including a large-scale wrestling and weightlifting competition for provincial, national and international competitors; soccer tournaments; indoor basketball tournament; and a field hockey tournament.

Dylan’s contribution to the events will help to provide monetary awards, trophies, equipment and manpower to run each tournament. More than 2000 youth will be positively impacted by these events.

We wish the very best to everyone involved in the Vancouver Police Department’s long standing and valuable PAL program!

See media coverage of this donation here

Sidoo Family Co-Chairs KSF Fundraiser & Shares Partnership Announcement

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On September 28, 2015 David, Manjy, Dylan and Jordan Sidoo attended the KSF fundraiser in Washington DC. Not only were they there with the honour of co-chairing the annual event, they also announced a new partnership with KSF to launch the KSF Artists of Choice Grants program in Canada in 2016.

The KSF Artists of Choice Grants are currently awarded each year to emerging artists in the US and UK who wish to develop plays, musicals, dance pieces, choir/band, and short films. Grants amounts are up to £10,000 / $10,000. Together with a world-class group of established artists, KSF selects the very best from the many hundreds that apply and provides critical mentoring and professional guidance to help ensure success.

The program, made possible by Sidoo Family Giving, will now launch in Canada, which is wonderful news for the arts in this country.

For more information about the KSF Artists of Choice Grants program, check out this press release from the KSF.

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Goldie Dhillon – Director – Team Punjabi/Executive Director – Prime Televsion, David Sidoo and Kulwinder (Kal) Dosanjh – VPD Detective.

David Sidoo, a highly decorated athlete in university and professional football, has never forgotten his roots and is extremely dedicated to promoting youth in sport within his community in Vancouver, BC and the surrounding area.

Recently David was recognized by two different organizations for his contributions to athletics.

Goldie Dhillon, Director of Team Punjabi and Executive Director of Prime Television awarded David the Sports Life Time Achievment Award on behalf of the Kidsplay Foundation for his contribution to the sport of football as a South East Asian. David had a memorable 5-year career with the UBC Thunderbirds, including captaining the team to its 1982 Vanier Cup victory. He went on to be the first Indo-Canadian to play in the CFL and spent five years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one year with the BC Lions.

Kids Play is a non profit organization working towards keeping kids away from the lifestyle of drugs, gangs, and violence. Kids Play holds sports tournaments, conferences, and other projects for the youth community to learn about the opportunities they can seize within life. The organization is operated by leaders from all across the Lower Mainland wanting to bring a positive change within the community. Kids Play believes their work will allow the youth to discover the potential they have within themselves to reach greater heights in any aspect of life.

For more information about Kids Play visit www.kidsplayfoundation.com

Kulwinder (Kal) Dosanjh – VPD Detective and Councillor Candidate for the City of Surrey, BC – was on hand to present David with the Vancouver Police Athletic League Youth Soccer Tournament Sponsor Recognition Trophy. Each year the Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) organizes a soccer tournament for children attending elementary schools in the Downtown Eastside and East Vancouver. In 2015 close to 1000 children participated. These events wouldn’t be possible without the support of many sponsors and community partners, including David Sidoo.

The Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) is a youth crime prevention initiative that uses athletic, recreational and educational programs as a tool to foster positive rapport and mutual trust between police officers and youth.

The objectives of PAL are:

  • to provide a safe and supervised environment for kids, giving them an opportunity to work with police officers, who serve as positive role models
  • to introduce after-school activities that are coordinated, coached and taught to local youths by police officers
  • to promote integrity, respect, fairness and the development of a positive self-image.
  • to assist and encourage youths to become involved in community sports and activities
  • to enhance self-esteem and motivation
  • to promote the learning of successful interpersonal and other skills that help prevent youth crime

For more information about the Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) visit vancouver.ca/police/community-policing/youth-outreach/police-athletic-league.html