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Born: May 12, 1932

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2004

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GIAN P. KAUSHAL B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed May 12, 1932 - September 23, 2004 It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden death of our Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and very Precious Friend to many, Gian Kaushal on Thursday September 23, 2004 in Edmonton, AB, Canada. His beloved wife, Kastura, predeceased Gian. He leaves to mourn his passing, his son Vivek; daughter Sunanda; son-in-law Jim; grand-daughter Jasmin; as well as many family members and close friends throughout Canada, India and England. Gian immigrated to Canada from India in the winter of 1964. He arrived in Saskatchewan with a vision, determination and courage, which was unparalleled. He blazed a pathway for his fellow brothers who are now spread throughout Canada. Gian was a true educator and a strong advocate for higher education in all aspects of life. Gian began his teaching career in India in 1952. He quickly made an impression with his unique teaching style and his special rapport with his students and colleagues. From 1954 to 1964 Gian taught Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Agricultural Sciences and Zoology to higher secondary students in India. In 1964 Gian immigrated to Canada and taught in Denzil and then Pelly, SK. In 1967 he moved his family to Beausejour, MB where he taught Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry alongside his beloved Kastura who taught Biology to the students of Beausejour Senior High School. Gian was appointed the Head of the Science Department. During this time he was responsible for piloting many of the Science programs for the Province of Manitoba, including "The Discovery Approach" and the development of a Science Curriculum for teachers of junior high school students. During the course of his career Gian received many accolades for his contributions to Education. He was presented with a scholarship from the National Science Foundation of America to participate in the Harvard Project Physics Institution at Clark College in Atlanta, GA. Gian was also presented with the Award for Contribution and Meritorious Services for the Advancement of Science in the Province of Manitoba. Gian had many special gifts but the most incredible of these gifts was his ability to connect with others. He was able to transcend the boundaries of cultures and religions. He was a Hindu amongst Hindus, a Sikh amongst Sikhs, and a Christian among Christians." He touched all who came in contact with him in a very, very special way. Well miss you Gian. Prayer services on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Winnipeg, 790 Banning at Sargent. Funeral Service and Private Cremation on Wednesday September 29, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillvary Blvd. "Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish and let the glory of God be sung in all the languages and in a variety of tunes. That should be the Ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity." Sri Sathya Sai Baba THOMSON "IN THE PARK" FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY 1291 McGillivray Blvd -204-925-1120

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 28, 2004

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