Summin is exploring her many passions, including social entrepreneurship and social work through the creation of LUMEN Society. Summin is a Registered Social Worker and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Social Work. As well, Summin has volunteered/worked with over eleven non-profit organizations. At the age of 13 she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and since then she has been diagnosed with celiac disease, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
Summin has struggled with chronic pain, depression, and unaesthetic symptoms, often leaving her feeling trapped and alone. The idea for LUMEN arose from her choice to use her courage and empower herself to share her story, with the goal of inspiring people to discover their own power. She has taken on this project with the belief that every individual matters and as long as LUMEN changes one life, then it is successful.
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Balraj has her business degree from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in Human Resources. Throughout her time at SFU she has developed passions for social entrepreneurship and helping others. She has overcome her own mental health and is a close supporter of someone who faces these challenges daily and believes this is equally challenging.
Balraj works towards overcoming the adversity attached with alcoholism and depression without letting it define or confine her. She is a strong believer of being comfortable in one’s truth and owning your own story - the one that is still unfolding! One of her main motivations within LUMEN is to provide support for anyone who is either primarily or secondarily affected by an invisible illness.