Two Punjabi ladies win Oakville town council elections

Lawyer Jasvinder Sandu and former small business owner Pavan Parmar make history as first women of colour to win town council seats

Jasvinder Sandu (left) and Pavan Parmar – Photo: Personal Facebook Pages

Two Punjabi ladies won in the council elections for Oakville, a town within the Greater Toronto area voted by a magazine as one of the best places to live in Canada.

Lawyer Jasvinder Sandu and former small business owner Pavan Parmar won seats in the council elections that ended on Monday (22 Oct).

They are believes to be for the first women of colour to join the council, according to one election observer.

Among others, Pavan, who currently works at Toronto-based consulting firm BDO Canada LLP, intends to advocate for more funding for new schools in her area.

Oakville was named by MoneySense Magazine as one of the 20 best places to live. Its residents enjoy access to Toronto’s strong job market while maintaining the benefits of a smaller town feel.

It has the type of weather that draws you outdoors to its numerous parks, trails and bike paths. In addition to placing first overall, Oakville scored high in a number of other categories including best city for new Canadians (first place), best city to retire (third place) and best city to raise a family (fifth place).


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  1. Heartiest Congrats to both Jasvinder & Pavan. Both have brought honour to themself & community at large & shall inspire others to work for uplift of all society members and country they live. God bless them with greater achievement in life in times to come for undertaking higher responsibility in public life.

  2. Congrtulations to both of them!! Hope they will both work for the betterment of the City of Oakville.

  3. Heartiest Congratulations to both Jasvinder and Pavan
    God Bless them both and give them strength and wisdom to serve humanity in whatever best ways they can

  4. Congratulations. However are they only Punjabis and not SIKHS as they are not using KAUR with their name or are the ‘ashamed’ to use KAUR after their name.
    No malice or being personal but wondering why some Sikhs when successful do not use SINGH or KAUR with their name but use their GOATH like PRMAR-SANDHU-GILL etc. Apologies if misunderstood.
    Please disregard if not Sikhs.
    Gur Fateh