Sessions

20 YEARS OF SYA

SATWANT SINGH CALAIS

Satwant arrived in Hobart,  Australia in 1970’s  as a boarding school student at a time where the "White Australia Policy" was still in place, and there were very few foreigners (let alone Sikhs). Satwant was challenged to establish his identity amongst the mainstream "Aussies" at a time when the idea of multiculturalism in Australia was still in its infancy.

In 1999, responding to the greater challenges faced by our youths as visible minority, Satwant co-founded Sikh Youth Australia (SYA) with an aim to empower Sikh youth to understand their identity and become model Australian citizens and leaders in their chosen professions and the community. Satwant continues this sewa today as President of Sikh Youth Australia.