"My grandfather, Bawa Singh, and his brothers, Chanan Singh and Nand Singh, came to Canada in 1904 and 1906. My father, Gurdas Singh, came here in 1924. My mother, Bhani Kaur, followed in 1927. I was born in 1928. I attended Henry Hudson Elementary School, continuing on to Kitsilano High. In those years, there were very few East Indian families. Our friends and neighbors were Japanese, Chinese and some whites. I married at the age of 18 to Phangan S. Gill, moving to Richmond in 1947. We were the only Indo-Canadian family in Richmond. Most of our socializing was at the gurdwara at 2nd and Burrard. We continue to be close to the families of that era. Living in Richmond, our home was like Grand Central Station for people of all nationalities. Even today we are in touch with those people and their children."
Banto Gill has fond memories of growing up within the Indo-Canadian community of the 30's and 40's, which was small and close-knit. Mrs. Gill and her husband, now deceased, raised their three children, Charan, Vicky and Hardave, in Richmond.