“We have a duty to advocate for equality and fundamental human rights for everyone everywhere. Our beautiful corner of the world can provide support and strength and a blue print to implement improved laws for LGBTQ people around the globe.”
Alex Sangha, an award-winning author, social worker, and advocate for equality and human rights, is the founder of Sher Vancouver – a social, cultural, and support group for LGBTQ South Asians. In terms of his LGBTQ advocacy, Sangha was elected Co-Chair of Pride UBC. He was involved with the Gay Warriors talking circle and was elected Secretary on the Board of the Four Feathers Society.He is currently working to advance LGBTQ programs and services within Fraser Health Authority. Sangha is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Social Work and is the Grand Marshall of the 2016 Vancouver Pride Parade.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I am an author, social worker, and advocate for equality and human rights, and have worked as an instructor, clinician, counsellor, case manager, social worker, and youth counsellor. I currently work as a team leader for a mental health team with a health authority. In addition, I have a thriving side counselling practice in North Delta where the majority of my clients are Punjabi-speaking or South Asian. I have obtained my Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) designation which is the highest clinical designation in social work in B.C. I have been a columnist or contributor for the Surrey Leader, Vancouver Observer, Georgia Straight, and Times of India. My social discussion book, Catalyst, was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2014.