Jit Kaur was one of the winners at the Kiwi Punjabi Awards 2018 organised by the New Zealand Punjabi Multimedia Trust. Asia Samachar approached her to get her story. Here it is.
My name is Jit Kaur. My family use to call me Jitto.
I was born on 7 January 1952 at Lohian Jalandhar and come to Malaysia when I was one year old. I came from a big joint family where we live with my uncles, aunties, cousins and grandfather in a small town called Kalumpang in Selangor, Malaysia.
I migrated to New Zealand in 1989. I did my studies at Auckland Collage of Education and while working full time with people with disabilities.
In 2002 we formed the New Zealand Sikh Women’s Association (Inc.) as there was a need in the community as some of girls committed suicide and a baby drown as they had no support after getting married to New Zealand spouse and arrived in New Zealand. They faced so many problems in their daily life because of language barriers. They do not understand their rights in this new country.
So we used to meet fortnightly at Otahuhu temple having prayers and dinner. As we were growing bigger and getting client from community, we moved over to a small office. My role is to apply funding, networking, attending meeting and also making sure our operating systems are in place, on top of working full time with people with disabilities.
It has been my long term goal and passion to do something for my community to carry on. I have an inbuilt desire to help people. I look forward to new challenges. At this juncture, I’m feeling proud of my accomplishments.
On 15 September 2018 I was privileged to be awarded the Kiwi Punjabi Woman of the Year 2018. This award recognises the work I do within our community.
I’m here because of my hard work, says NZ lawmaker Parmjeet Parmar (Asia Samachar, 20 Sept 2018)