In 2012, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl. Its purpose was to draw attention to the achievements of girls and to encourage girls to work toward their full potential on both local and international stages.
It was a distinct privilege then for me to stand in the Manitoba legislature to praise local resident, 10-year-old Mahi Arora, in whom a decade of life has already embodied much of the spirit of this celebrated day.
When she was just three years old, Mahi performed solo dances at Folklorama and Pantages Theatre. Her accomplishments soon garnered her awards as well as appearances on national television. She performed for then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Consul General of India, and received Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman’s Appreciation Award in 2015.
Mahi is also a keen student and athlete, active in soccer, gymnastics, swimming and skating. She volunteers at her local Gurdwara and in the wider Sikh community. Mahi supports the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She has helped the Lions Club raise funds for wheelchairs and supports the Mamta Foundation in caring for neglected girls in India.
With the help and encouragement of her parents, Amardeep and Rouble Singh, Mahi is already leaving her mark. Their actions are a timely reminder to all of us to encourage girls and boys to develop their interests and talents to serve the greater good. In a culture of entertainment, video games and electronic devices, it is inspiring to meet a young woman blessing others as she develops her talents and abilities.
These are the virtues we should develop in ourselves and cultivate in our children and I look forward to praising many more such individuals from the floor of the Manitoba legislature in the future.