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IMSS’s Baljit Sethi Retiring

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 4:22 PM

Prince George, B.C. – After founding the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George over four decades ago and welcoming and assisting countless immigrants to this city, executive director Baljit Sethi will be retiring at the end of this month.

IMSS’s Board of Directors confirmed the news today. Sethi opened the office in 1976 and has received many accolades for her work including:

  • Prince George Citizen of the Year in 2006
  • BC Community Achievement Award in 2007
  • 1992 Governor Generals Award during the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation
  • Order of BC in 2011

IMSS says it plans to celebrate her years of service later this year.


Many thanks and enjoy your retirement.

Last I heard she was more or less run off.

    That is what they are saying in the newspaper.

      Note she is the person saying it.

      Note, the others involved aren’t denying it.

      Your note is noted. :)

Baljit Sethi, You have done a service to the City and the Country of Canada through your selfless dedication to thousands of folks who probably didn’t know which way was up when they first arrived. I can see:
Multicultural Award from the Province of B.C., and,possibly
The Order of Canada.
40 Years! Congratulations, I hope retirement gives you the grace you have given others.

Hope she was not run off, fine lady did a great job

    Millman55, on that I agree!

    There seems to have been some recent controversy regarding the IMSS and it would be a shame if any of it was seen to tarnish the hard work and dedication of Baljit Sethi!

    May she enjoy a well deserved health, happy and very long retirement!

A well deserved retirement, and thank you for your tireless work for the IMSS over the last 40 years.

I have to admit I didn’t know or follow this society until it made the news which I am old school at and still get it delivered to my house…but am I the only one who believes that this whole society should be shut down and my tax dollars withheld until there is a total independent internal review done to find out what is actually going on here…they say they are totally open to anyone but that is not true from what I am reading…I don’t want my tax dollars going here anymore…tell me if I am the only one that feels this way and why I should feel different…

    I agree with you prov2. I think there is a lot more to this story that is not coming out do to respect for the Director. These are my TAX Dollars and I want to know where they went and are going.

      Is it clear that it is out of respect for Baljit Sethi? As I understand it, the only negative thing that has been said about her is that in recent years due to her advancing age she has let things slip and was just not performing all the duties required of the Director. The issue of restricting membership and the general question of whether the organization is being properly run seems to arise out of the current Board’s efforts to remove Ms. Sethi.

A Job well done. We all have to retire sometime even if we do not want to and at eighty three its time. Seniors that retire at full pensions and get bored , then go out and take low paying jobs just to keep busy , while someone out there needs a job , this is not fair.

    80 is nothing. When I wanted to make an appointment with an elderly lady in early December, she told me that she couldn’t see me right away because she was busy filling Christmas orders for the crafts she sells. She is 95.

The headline for this article reads “IMSS’s Baljit Sethi Retiring”. The article in this morning’s Citizen suggests that she is not retiring, rather she is being shown the door!

Baljit is quoted as saying “This is not a voluntary retirement”!


    Sethi would not provide her report as executive Director because she didn’t want to wash dirty laundry in public?? IMSS is run with TAX Payer money , she should be accountable.

There is so much missing from this story it isn’t even funny. Many issues behind the scene. Most of these issues relate to a person that started doing a good thing a long time ago and lost touch with reality. There are many ED’s of local non-profits that are ruining their agency for the sake of bolstering their earnings going into retirement. Sethi is just one of them.

    One has to wonder in our local non-profits, how much of the Government Grant goes to the cause and how much goes to salaries? maybe some could be transferred Government offices and we could get rid of the middle man and save money and know where the money is going.

Actually there is a personal medical issue involved and criticism against the organization is not warranted. They are dealing with a sensitive and personal matter. Billposer post comes close.

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