Inder Grewal is a force to be reckoned with. She is a counsellor currently working at SD54 in the high school, specializing in preventative counselling. Being in a sea of teenagers isn’t easy but Inder has enough sass and sparkle to make the kids love her. She has created a safe harbour for teens navigating the uneasy currents of life and I know so many students have thrived in her care.
Inder is one of those people who you just want to know. She is kind, and warm, and her sense of humour is almost unmatched. She lives her life to include others. She is a constant advocate for those that feel the most unseen, making sure that everyone has a place at her table should they need it. (And since we’re talking about tables I may as well mention she is the best cook too!)
We have daughters the same age, which is likely how I know Inder… but it’s also one of those things where I can’t quite remember when or how we met. What I do know is that her love of this community cannot be measured. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself or for others when she’s faced with unkindness.
Inder has created a life of compassion and empathy, no doubt because of all the ways she’s dealt with the hardships that have come her way. She is open about her past; losing her parents and her only sibling when she was just 21. One moment she had a family, the next she did not. Not many of us can imagine what that is like or how we would deal with something like that but Inder defines grace, and gratitude. She has used her story for good.
Inder, along with her husband Avi and daughter Tiya, are welcome and irreplaceable members of our little town.
Welcome to the table, Inder!
How long have you called the Bulkley Valley home?
The Bulkley Valley has been home for us for over eight years now.
What is one thing you’ve learned about friendship (or community)?
Respect and acceptance towards other ethnicities. Quality is much more important than quantity in any friendship.
What is one area you are growing in?
I feel like I cannot pin point anything specific. Every day I am learning, either it is social, emotional, community or family oriented. There is no end to growing!
What is one thing you would say to your younger self?
Never give up! Seek support when needed. You are enough.
Who inspires you and why?
I am religious by nature. I believe that the Lord has always inspired me. After losing my parents and only brother, his support and guidance got me through quite tough times. He blessed me with the most amazing husband and a daughter who are my strength.
What do you know is true, and how do you carry that day to day?
I do know one thing for sure and that is “Be true To Yourself”. Our main stressors arise from things that do not even matter down the road. Having healthy boundaries to differentiate who/what matters and who/what does not matter helps to have a healthier lifestyle.