Brampton: Anokhi is a Brampton based Indian restaurant owned by Parminder Gill, has been recognized by the Ontario government as part of its Small Business, Big Hearts Initiative.
Ontario launched this campaign to recognize the remarkable ways Ontario small businesses have stepped up and supported their local communities throughout COVID-19, even when they themselves were struggling.
During the pandemic, Gill helped seniors and frontline workers. While the emergency orders placed his restaurant on a temporary closure, Parminder decided to support his local community by donating free meals and delivering groceries.
Anokhi donated 500 meals to the William Osler Foundation to support frontline workers.
Anokhi also collaborated with Apna Senior Care to deliver groceries to seniors, opening the restaurant so that volunteers could organize groceries before being delivered to community members.
The Small Business Big Hearts Initiative, launched by Premier Ford and Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria, solicits stories of small businesses across the province who have shown true Ontario Spirit through their generosity.
“The challenges of this pandemic have shown what our communities are made of. As I connect and host virtual roundtables with small businesses, I’m also hearing about the tremendous generosity of our small businesses and the many ways they are giving back,” said Associate Minister Sarkaria.
“In so many remarkable ways, Anokhi is one of these local heroes.”