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Sharing values which are the pillars of Sikhism

gifted to Sikhs by Guru Nanak Dev Ji

MBL Academy - 550th Birth Anniversary of

In November 2019, the 550th Birth Anniversary of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev ji will be celebrated by Sikhs and non Sikhs across the world.


The West Midlands will also be marking this special occasion in a very unique way. An initiative has been launched to identify and invite 550 leaders from across the region to send their best wishes.

The campaign will focus on values based and inclusive leadership, based on Guru Nanak’s teachings for inclusivity, equality, fairness and respect for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and disability.


The values we are looking for are the pillars of Sikhism gifted to Sikhs by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 

  • Naam japo (Spirituality and Wellbeing)

  • Kirat Karo (Engaging in Honest and Ethical Work) 

  • Vand Shako (Helping others selflessly)

The initiative is being run in conjunction with Centre of Sikh Studies and Punjabi Culture, West Midlands Combined Authority and NatWest and fits into the diversity and inclusivity objectives of many organisations.


Our founder, Sue Bedward, has been identified as a leader in the region who follows these inclusive values and has been invited to be featured in the celebrations.

MBL Academy - Gurpurab 550 - Sue Bedward

Follow event updates on Facebook, share insights, and spread the word on Twitter using hashtag #westmidlands550.

West Midlands 550

Commemorating the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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