Patty Sahota

October 26, 1969 – February 12, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of Patty Sahota on February 12, 2024. Patty’s extraordinary life began on October 26, 1969, in the village of Jagpalpur, Punjab (India). Her journey continued in Canada with her family settling in the town of Merritt, BC, in 1979. Patty graduated from Merritt Secondary School, where her life revolved around sports. She had an affable personality that made her a natural leader on and off the court.

After high school, Patty attended Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University) in Kamloops. It was there that she became active in the British Columbia Liberal Party. With her eternal optimism and infectious laugh, Patty seamlessly broadened her circle of friends at every step of her remarkable journey. She transferred to the University of Victoria and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Patty then worked in various sectors of the forest industry before being elected to the BC Legislature in her early 30s. She served as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds from 2001-2005, and was also appointed Minister of State for Resort Development. Patty was recognized as a trailblazer for women in politics.

Patty lived a life of service, which brought her immense joy. She greeted everyone with a warm smile, and was incredibly generous with her time and knowledge. After her exit from politics, she continued to be active in the community by serving on numerous boards, including Simon Fraser University, Westminster Savings Credit Union (now Prospera), and Seton Villa Housing Society for seniors. In 2009, Patty was instrumental in bringing the World Police and Fire Games to Burnaby, BC. Her most recent role as vice-president of community relations and strategy for Flavelle OceanFront Development resonated with her unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the community. 

Patty loved her family dearly, and provided abiding and unconditional support. She was the family anchor, a proud sister to each of her siblings, and a devoted daughter and aunt. Patty wholeheartedly enjoyed her regular trips to India with her mother and father, where she also formed strong friendships. She was steadfast in nurturing all her relationships, but prided herself on keeping her own counsel. With her indomitable spirit and unmatched kindness, our beloved Patty was such a positive force in the world. Patty has left an indelible mark on so many lives, and her family will forever honour her legacy.

Patty is survived by her father Ajit Singh Sahota and mother Harbhajan Kaur Sahota, as well as her sisters Nunden (Parm), Navy, and Neelam. She will also be deeply missed by her nieces Jasmin and Marissa, her nephew Jessy (Bhavan), and her many cousins. Patty is predeceased by her brother-in-law Ross Yoneda and her nephew Joshua Yoneda.

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