Founding Members and Board

The seed of the Society was laid down on 1 November 1967 at the auspicious day of Deepawali in the basement of Dr. Ram Krishan Gupta. There were 31 people present on that day and each person gave one dollar and became the member of the Society. The constitution was written which was only one-page long. For next seven years there were five members of the committee and the highest office was of the secretary. The contributions of Dr. Ram Krishan Gupta, Mr. Gajanan Pundit, Mr. K.C. Joshee, Mr. Baldev Raj Abbi and Mr. Sherman are commendable.

Hindu Society of Alberta was registered under the Society Act of Alberta on 20 July 1972.  The signatories for the document were Mr. Uday Bagwe, Mrs. Sunita Kumar, Mr. M.G. Murdeshwar, Mr. M.P. Khandekar, and Mr. S. Chakrabarty.  For the first time Deepawali dinner was organized this year. The entrance fee for this event was only $2.00 and 116 people attended the celebration.

Soon after a new constitution was written for the Society under which it was divided into two parts – Cultural Center and Program. Together there were 14 members who elected the president. Dr. Gupta became the head of Center Committee and was in this position till the Center was finished. Program Committee only lasted till 1976 when Mr. Sushil Kaliya came to Edmonton and took all the responsibility of the religious activities.