SIKH HERITAGE AWARDS GALA 2009: AWARD WINNERS
September 19, 2009 at 7pm | Cipriani | 55 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
"SEWA" COMMUNITY SERVICE: SARDAR UJAGAR SINGH
Director - Camp Chardi Kala
Sardar Ujagar Singh came to the United States over 38 years ago. Currently retired, he was the Director of Social Services at Westchester Medical Center Geriatrics Institute. He was also a Board member of the National Association of Social Workers (N.A.S.W. Westchester), and later an elected delegate to the National Delegate Assembly of this association as the Westchester County representative.
In the mid 70’s, out of concern for the welfare of his and other Sikh children, Ujagar Singh along with a handful of other volunteers joined the initiatives being taken in the Northeast U.S. with the organization of Gurmat camps. This lead to the formation of the annual summer camps for Sikh children in 1976.
Sardar Ujagar Singh was the co-director of the summer camp from 1976 to 1979. In 1980 he took over as the director of Camp Chardi Kala; named after the spirit it brings to the youth. Today, Camp Chardi Kala is a model for all other Sikh youth camps being held in the United States.
His untiring efforts have created a new generation of activists and leaders based on very clear understanding of the Sikh value system of community service. Undoubtedly, the cream of Sikh youth in America, including leaders at SALDEF, Sikh Coalition, and United Sikhs have graduated from Camp Chardi Kala!
Besides the camp, Sardar Ujagar Singh has been deeply involved in social issues that affect the Sikh and larger community. He has been a Board Member of the Alcoholism Service Council of Westchester, and the Community Advisory Board of Central Westchester Mental Health Services.
Ujagar Singh has always gone beyond the call of duty, and has provided a firm commitment to the future of Sikh children in North America. He has been recognized and honored with various awards and nominations for his untiring dedication to community service.