Narine Dat Sookram, a public figure is a well-respected resident of Kitchener who has made a positive impression on thousands of people in his community with his take-charge style in getting things done, both in his profession and in his involvement in the community. He is a caring individual who believes in contributing to society for the well-being and success of the community. He has contributed locally, nationally and internationally.
As a Guyanese-born Canadian who immigrated to Canada in 1993, Sookram brought his penchant for helping people when the need arises. As a teenager, he brought together a group of young people through the Youth Cultural Group Organization whose sole purpose was to learn, grow and build a stronger community. In Canada he continued in this spirit of community involvement. His weekly radio show - Caribbean Spice - won two awards for “Favorite Caribbean Show” and “Favorite World Music”. He volunteers in his community, organizes regular community events to promote local talents such as the “Indo-Caribbean Dreams Concert” in 2007. His volunteer work has impacted thousands of people both in and out of Canada.
Narine Dat Sookram is the 2010 Impact Award Recipient “Helping Hand”, Volunteer Action Centre, Kitchener; the 2010 “Community Service Award” (Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations); and the Pakaraima 2009 Writer’s Award Winner.
Sookram’s compassion for charitable contribution includes his initiation of the non-profit charitable organization “ACTIVE VISION Charity Association” with the goal of assisting school children in Guyana to foster better education through the supply of textbooks and other school supplies. Most importantly, he collects used textbooks in his community and distributes them, believing in reusing and recycling as a way to keep the environment GREEN. He also help to preserve the Guyanese culture here in Canada (land of six races).
Sookram’s style is to listen to people’s needs, to represent their interests, to advocate and be a trail blazer for change, progress and inclusion of everyone in his community. His track record makes him a true community leader. In spite of his busy schedule, he still finds the time to spend with his family.
The Indo-Caribbean Culture show airs every Sunday from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM on 100.3 Sound FM, www.soundfm.ca, 946 on Rogers cable in Waterloo. Some of Narine’s accomplishment include:
Famous People of Guyanese Heritage Honour: Community Builder, 2013
The Canadian Encyclopedia Inclusion 2013
Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
Desi News Profile Recognition, 2012
Waterloo Award Recipient, 2012 (The City's highest civic honour)
Academic Excellence Awards: Deans Honour Roll, 2012
Ontario First Generation Scholarship Awards Recipient, 2012
Faculty's Pick, Peer Tutoring, 2012 (Mohawk College)
100 Years, 100 People: Here and Now Recognition, 2012 (Kitchener Post)
Waterloo Region 40 under 40 Award, 2010 (Waterloo Region Record)
Guelph 40 under 40, 2010 (Guelph Mercury)
June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient, 2010 (Ontario Immigration and Citizenship)
Volunteer Impact Award: Helping Hands Winner, 2010, (Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener
Volunteer Impact Award Finalist, New Comer, 2009
Arts Awards Waterloo Region, 2012 in the "OPEN" category
Community Service Award Recipient, 2010 (Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations)
Guyana Folk Festival Award Recipient, 2011 (The Guyana Cultural Association of New York)
Samaritan Award Recipient, 2011 (Rogers Kitchener Radio Group)
Lifetime Achievement: Humanitarian, 2011 (West Indian Music Awards)
Sonic Boom Awards (Favourite Caribbean Music), 2006 (CKMS 100.3 Sound FM Radio Waterloo)
Sonic Boom Awards (Favourite World Music), 2006 (CKMS 100.3 Sound FM Radio Waterloo)
Quality Circle Project Award Winner, (Denso Global Network)
Canada Post Leadership Literacy Award Finalist, 2010
Friends of IIFA Award Recipient, 2011 (International Indian Film Academy)
National Poetry Award Winner, 2009 (Pakaraima Writers Association)
Custom Trim Organizational Contest: First Prize, 1997
Author of the book "The Teenage Years"