Vishal Bhardwaj's Story
Vishal Bhardwaj migrated from India to Canada in 2002 and within just a couple of months, Vishal was fully immersed in the Dartmouth community and what it had to offer. Putting down roots with his wife and children, Vishal decided early on that Dartmouth is the city he wanted to grow with.
With 15 years of experience in the Manufacturing Engineering and Quality industry, Vishal had taken on many significant roles within his sector as well as being a passionate community leader. Vishal has been involved in the community through serving on the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Board of Shubenacadie Canal Commission, Special Events Advisory committee for Halifax Regional Municipality, Portland Estate and Hill Resident Association among other local associations and boards.
Through Vishal’s involvement with Ellenvale Junior High Parents’ group and student advisory committees Vishal has contributed to the potential of our youth. Vishal has been committed to contributing to assisting and helping people when needed, whether locally or abroad. Vishal has raised funds for Dartmouth South Academy, Fort McMurray Fire, IWK, Feed Nova Scotia, Vedanta Ashram Society and others.
In 2018, Vishal, along with a group of like-minded people formed and registered a not-for-profit Nova Multifest Society, after the Multicultural Festival dissolved. Vishal formed a group to bring back the multicultural festival to Alderney Landing. The Nova Multifest Society was developed with various cultures and backgrounds.
Vishal was selected to be the President of the Society by the Board, in which he still maintains. In the first year of the Nova Multifest Society, the festival drew over 7,000 attendees and in the latest Digital 2020 more than 37,000 people enjoyed. The success of the festival has been evident through the flux of performers and vendors every year.
Vishal has devoted his time working with all levels of government and working with the community to support our youth, local businesses and associationsa to ensure tax dollars are spent on priorities that matter most to our community.
As a result, Vishal has been the recipient of the HRM Volunteer of the Year, Provincial Volunteer Award and the Top 25 Immigrants of Atlantic Canada awards. Vishal believes that we can do more together to see our community thrive. That’s why he volunteers his time, to ensure that the generations after us are able to live in a sustainable community that offers job opportunities, security and equality in all aspects of life.
For Vishal, politics is about working together to build a stronger community. Vishal is committed to work with community members to contribute to the potential of our city and to protect and maintain our lakes, like Morris Lake, Bissett Lake and Russel Lake.
Let’s work together to build a stronger community!