Our commitment to improving the lives of those around us drives our support of vital community institutions and organizations. We believe in being active participants, social entrepreneurs and stewards of our community. The essence of our ethos - Dream Grow Inspire - is to be leaders in all that we do. This leadership is reflected in our innovative collaborations and community partnerships that advance social change in diverse areas such as mental healthcare, public art education and youth entrepreneurship. Learn about our initiatives below and join us on our journey in building more sustainable, stronger and happier communities.
The Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL Canada)
Amit Sandhu, CEO of Ampri, co-founded the Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad with the audacious goal to reform business education in high schools across Canada. YELL is an innovative collaborative model that engages communities in the education of their youth. In its third year the YELL program is now available to students in 23 schools across three districts: Richmond, West Vancouver and Coquitlam. By educating the leaders of tomorrow through this approach YELL is building a foundation for stronger economies and stronger communities.
Richmond Hospital Foundation's Starlight Gala
Ampri is proud to be a supporter of the Richmond Hospital Foundation. Ampri has been a Diamond Sponsor for Richmond Hospital Foundation's Starlight Gala since 2009. Ampri’s founders Paramjit and Gurdip Sandhu were recipients of the Doctor of Phlianthropy Award in 2011, the Leadership Award in 2013 and the PhD of Inspiration in 2015. A special video documentary was produced for the Leadership Award.
Grind for the Mind
Each year, hundreds of people join Ampri to hike the Grouse Grind to bring awareness to mental illness, promote physical fitness and raise funds for Richmond Hospital. In three years, Ampri’s Grind for the Mind has raised a total of $140,000 for Richmond Hospital Foundation. The funds will help establish a patient- and family-centred model of care for the Mental Health and Addictions Unit. The Sandhu family, led by Dr. Reena Sandhu of Vault Therapy, worked with Richmond Hospital staff to envision this initiative, which will be the first of its kind in the province.
The Public Art Collective
With his 3rd Public Art Commission, Amit Sandhu is charting new territory through Ampri’s collaboration with Emily Carr University. Ampri Museo has been used as a case study for a first-of-its-kind university course funded by Ampri on the Social Practice of Public Art. In January of 2015, Undergraduate students at Emily Carr University embarked on a multidisciplinary course lead by Dr. Cameron Cartiere to understand the complexities of working in the Public Art Field. The Public Art Collective is a documentary produced by Khare Communications to capture this exciting new initiative. There will be public screenings throughout 2016.
Dream Grow Inspire Scholarship Program
Each year Ampri awards several $1000 scholarships to grade 12 students in high schools across Richmond. The program currently reaches 7 out of 10 high schools in the Richmond School District, with over $20,000 being donated to support tomorrow's leaders since 2011. The Dream Grow Inspire Scholarship Program recognizes students that excel in academics, overcome adversity or exhibit leadership amongst their peers. Eligible high school students must pursue a post-secondary program at a Canadian college or university.
A Night of Miracles Gala
Ampri and the Sandhu Family are proud to have supported A Night of Miracles Gala in its efforts to raise $3 Million for the construction of the ANOM Special Procedures Suites in the new Teck Acute Care Centre, the heart fo the new BC Children's Hospital. A Night of Miracles gala is a black-tie gala organized by BC Children's Hospital Foundation and dedicated members of the South Asian community. Over 400 distinguished guests gather every year for a night of fine dining, silent auction and live entertainment – all in support of BC's kids.
The Tie Young Entrepreneurs Program
Prior to YELL Canada, Ampri CEO Amit Sandhu was the Founding Chair of the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Program for Metro Vancouver. Under Amit’s leadership and the support of countless volunteers from Vancouver’s business community, Vancouver students won back-to-back global business plan competitions in 2012 & 2013. Ampri is proud to continue our support of young talented minds through an annual sponsorship for the TYE Vancouver Program. TYE is global in design, with nearly 800 students participating from over 20 cities each year.