The 1950's brought a suburban expansion from Toronto, which began East of the Humber to the Northeast and increased the population from 3,000 to 10,000 in the 1960's.
More housing developments from the 1960's to today have increased the population to just over 100,000.
The Indian Diaspora has evolved its own cultural practices in different parts of the world.
In a country like Canada which has an open policy of multiculturalism instead of assimilation, people of Indian origin have been able to follow many of their own traditions even as they welcome a new way of life.
At its June Convocation ceremonies, one of UFV’s honorary degree recipients was chosen as a nod to our roots: Doug Hamilton, the first chair of the Fraser Valley College board in 1974.
UFV also held celebrations in Hope, Mission, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack during the first week of April.
As a first generation Indo-Canadian, I have always been told by my parents that arranged marriage is the way to go if you want a long lasting relationship with someone who won’t cheat on you, break your heart, and take all your money in a painful divorce.
Despite being born and brought up for most of my life in Canada, my mother has always been adamant in ensuring that my values align with hers and with what was instilled in her by her parents.
Hurricane Hazel, which was one of the worst hurricanes of the 20th century and killed as many as 1,000 people in Haiti before hitting North America, ruined a bridge over Highway 7 and damaged a large part of the community.
Some interesting trivia about Woodbridge; the community has been featured in documentaries about street racing, for instance, A&E (Inside Story: Street Racing: The Need For Speed).