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GOPIO Oceania Region Celebrated 10 Years of GOPIO Movement in Gold Coast (Australia)

December 1, 2017
Contributor - Harmohan Singh Walia

Harmohan Singh Walia or Harry Walia as he is popularly known was an Olympic Torchbearer in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana in 1973 and post graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Thaper University Patiala in 1987.

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GOPIO Oceania region celebrated 10 years of active GOPIO Movement in a conference that was successfully held on 26 November 2017 at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia under the chairmanship of Suman Kapoor, International Coordinator of Oceania region. Delegates from Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Gold Coast and New Zealand chapters participated in the conference. Dr. Sonia Singh of Melbourne chapter was the Conference Secretary, Mr. Shyam Das of Queensland chapter was the Conference Convenor, Mr. Harjit Singh of New Zealand chapter was the Conference Coordinator and Mr. Pushpinder Oberoi of Gold Coast chapter was the host whose team worked hard towards the success of the conference.

A pre Conference meet was held in Melbourne and Sydney (with GOPIO Canberra founder President) where chapter members and presidents met Mrs. Kapoor and future course of action with a clear vision was discussed.

The conference started with Indian cultural rituals of lighting the lamp, the vandana dance and Tikka ceremony by Ratna of New Zealand.

Rigorous discussions were held on the progress, vision and mission of GOPIO Oceania region for the next 5 years with the collaboration of other chapters. Mr. Harmohan Singh Walia, Prof. Balkar Singh Kang, Mrs. Usha Chandra, and Mrs. Vanita Khushal, Mr. Adam Zimmerman, Mr. Vikas Sinha, Mr. Raveen Bhairo, Mr. Harjit Singh, Mr. Shyam Das, Mr. Jagdish Lodhia, Mr. Pushpinder Oberoi, Mr. Mannu Kala, Suman Kapoor and Pradeep Kapoor participated in the discussion and gave suggestions to improve the working of GOPIO chapters in the Oceania region. Amazing intellect and wisdom wrapped with experience at one place. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Sonia Singh.


Prof. Balkar Singh Kang, President of GOPIO Sydney North West chapter and Mrs. Vanita Khushal, President of Queensland chapter highlighted their chapter’s achievements. Mr. Pradeep Kapoor and Suman Kapoor presented GOPIO Waikato, (New Zealand) report and Harjit Singh, GOPIO Botany highlighted chapter’s activities.


The goodwill messages received from VIPs including Ms Michelle Rowland MP – Federal Shadow Minister for Communications; Ms Jodi McKay MP – NSW Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads, Maritime and Freight; Ms Julia Finn MP and Mr. Peter Primrose MLC – NSW Shadow Minister for Local Government were read, welcomed and appreciated. Mrs. Kapoor spoke about greetings and congratulatory messages sent by GOPIO International Council Chairs. Melbourne chapter contributed heavily and as per Dr. Sonia Singh, she is looking forward to developing strategies for taking GOPIO Melbourne chapter to global conferences and making it the leading chapter in the world. Earlier, Mrs. Suman Kapoor welcomed all and gave insight to future vision mission and how GOPIO has proceeded in the past 10 years successfully in Oceania region. Fiji is added with two new chapters. Talented Ratna of New Zealand entertained the delegates with Kathak and Bollywood dances.

Evening was full of laughters, involvement and delicious food. It was a roaring success in binding all, cementing the chapter links and creating goodwill among all who came to pre-conference and conference network.

Suman Kapoor, Chairperson of the conference recognised some delegates and the host team with momento awards for their tireless work to make the conference a great success. A similar conference has been suggested in New Zealand in the near future.