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Author honoured with award

Oak Bay resident and author Mahinder Doman was honoured with a Shakti award last month.

Oak Bay resident and author Mahinder Doman was honoured with a Shakti award last month.

The Shakti Awards were established in Surrey in 2000 in honour of International Women’s Day. Since then, more than 50 women from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland have been honoured for displaying strength and outstanding achievement in their field of work.

Shakti means sacred force or the empowerment that is thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism.

The Shakti Awards are an opportunity to recognize women and share their vibrant stories at a fundraising gala event. Shakti Awards are given to women in the community who have exemplified strength in each of five award categories. The award recipients were honoured at the Shakti Awards Gala in Surrey. Proceeds from the fundraising gala go to Shakti: Empowerment of Women, Children and Families Society.

Doman, editor of Zhindagee, an anthology of stories by East Indian Immigrant daughters to Canada, received the award for Academic Achievement.

Her book is currently on display at the Oak Bay municipal hall and will soon be available at the Oak Bay Library.