I am a first generation Indian Sikh from a family of 4 girls, born to parents who only wanted boys. I grew up as a ‘tomboy’, constantly trying to prove to my Dad girls were OK.

One example that stuck in my Father’s mind was when I worked with him wheelbarrowing concrete. His friend said, “your daughter has worked harder than my two sons ever could”. He told me this 30yrs later, weeks later he passed away. I felt I had made a small impact.

I am so proud to be a strong, independent woman, who is also kind and caring.