Establishment: The Ottawa Sikh Society (OSS) was formed as a charitable organization in March 1968. The constitution of the Society was drafted in the same year, which has been amended from time to time to improve the efficiency of the OSS and to address the growing needs of the Ottawa’s Sikh Community. In August 1974, it was incorporated as a legal entity with Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Province of Ontario
The main objectives of the OSS are:
• to meet religious and socio-cultural needs of the Sikh Community in the greater Ottawa area and the neighbouring communities both in Ontario and Quebec;
• to administer and maintain the functioning of the OSS building built in 1982;
• to establish and maintain a library containing publications related to the philosophy, history and teachings of the Sikh religion;
• to represent the Ottawa area’s Sikh community at national and international socio-political and religious conferences;
• to assist and cooperate with other North American Sikh organizations, and
• to honor individuals and institution from time for their excellence in the fields of education, welfare, medicine and arts.
Growth:: The OSS has grown merely from 20 members in the early 1970’s to more than 1,000 members in the early 2000’s. Currently it serves more than 5,000 member and non-member Sikhs living in the greater Ottawa area and the neighbouring communities.
Whoever makes even a small offering before the True Guru with loving faith, the Guru blesses them with the countless treasures of wealth and Naam.
Earn an honest living, share your earnings with others less fortunate, and always meditate on God’s name. These are the fundamental concepts for a Siks’s life.
Sikh Gurus practiced what they preached. Gurus sacrificed everything they had - even the ultimate sacrifice of themselves, their families and their most beloved Sikhs. They started non-profit, charitable organizations, which came to be known as Gurudwaras, where Sikhs, inspired by the sacrifices of their Gurus, brought all kinds of donations for Service of the Humanity. From here came the concept of “Dasvand” ( contributing 10% of ones learning) for Sarbat da Bhala.