Upkar Singh Tatlay

Surrey, British Columbia

Upkar Singh Tatlay works to support the health and social needs of underserved, marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Upkar founded a non-profit organization providing free youth programming and, for the past decade, these programs have supported hundreds of children, youth, and families. By offering a myriad of public health and social service programs through Engaged Communities Canada Society, Upkar was able to meet the vital and growing needs of at-risk populations during the pandemic. This included the delivery of food, personal hygiene supplies and services, health education and resources, testing and vaccines, distribution of rapid COVID-19 tests, extreme weather response resources and shelter sites, and crucial youth programs.

Upkar responded to the drug toxicity crisis and developed the Overdose Intervention App, a free multi-lingual tool that walks individuals through identifying and responding to opioid poisoning. He coupled that with an educational initiative to raise awareness about the impact of the toxic drug supply in often neglected racialized communities. By rallying volunteers and delivering innovative technologies to improve health outcomes, Upkar’s impact reaches thousands of individuals across BC each year.


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In receiving the Community Award, I am overwhelmed with the passion, dedication and resiliency of my fellow recipients. The glimpse into their lives and the accumulated impact that their work is having on our province is deeply moving and has imbued in me the unshakeable confidence of knowing our collective future is in excellent hands.