On April 18, 2015, Renee was chosen as one of the honorees at the annual gala of the Sikh Foundation of Canada. Renee discovered her Punjabi heritage when she met her biological mother and family 20 years ago. The gala was held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and Renee stood alongside the other 2015 honorees: author and psychologist, Dr. Shimi Kang; model Jatinder Singh; and Lieutenant Brian Murphy, the first responding officer to the Oak Creek, Wisconsin mass shooting at a Sikh Temple in 2012. During the ordeal, Lt. Murphy was shot 17 times, and not only lived to tell about it but fought back to active duty. The Centennial Gala commenced in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of Sikh settlement in Canada. Since then it has been privileged to be at the forefront of promoting Sikh heritage and culture by celebrating the participation and excellence achieved by Sikhs and non-Sikhs in all aspects of civil, social and cultural life.