Dr. Balbir Gurm

Surrey, British Columbia

Balbir’s achievements both professionally and as a dedicated volunteer have inspired her colleagues and community alike. A longtime advocate for women, Balbir is the founder and chair of the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships. For the past decade, she has been a source of strength and leadership, working to break down gender and cultural barriers, facilitating collaboration between volunteers and external groups, while striving toward the common goal of preventing relationship violence. Last year, Balbir authored, Making Sense of Global Pandemic: Relationship Violence & Working Together towards a Violence Free Society. As a Nursing Professor, Balbir is a role model for students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, inspiring them to become fellow agents for change. For decades, Balbir has used education, research, and community engagement to advocate for violence prevention. She is truly a champion for women, and a trailblazer within her community.


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I started the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) in 2011 because I believe community agencies and different levels of government and multiple Ministries need to work together to address the issue of relationship violence. (This award) validates the work we have been doing. I sincerely hope that I can be a role model for others, and they will see that any person with a passion can make a difference, take action and volunteer.