Drastant Mehta, Co-Chair
Country of origin: 
India
Year of arrival to Canada: 
2013
Languages(s) speaks: 
Gugarati, Hindi and four more languages
Education: 
B.Sc., Computer Engineering
Occupation: 
IT Systems Analyst; Market Intelligence Manager (Canada)

Community Involvement:

I volunteer with Covenant House and member of Vedic Hindu cultural society Surrey, and Gujarati Society of BC.

Interest in the Advisory:

I would be very pleased getting this opportunity of giving back to the community by sharing my experiences on improving integration process for new immigrants. Given my multicultural background and exposure to lifestyles in Kenya and India I think I would be able to help address some challenges faced by new immigrants

Immigrant challenges:

Biggest challenge for immigrants is finding the right resources and support centers at right times. It took me quite a bit of time to find the services that would address my needs. Also I struggled to get information about cultural community gatherings and details to connect to locals at that level.

Vision for Surrey:

With our collective efforts we make integration to Surrey so effortless that people from any corner of the world would love to call Surrey their home.