This is my most recent project with the South Asian Women's Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Project is aimed at engaging Women and girls in the South Asian Community about crimes committed in the name of "honour."
The R.I.G.H.T.S.fm project was another project run with the South Asian Women's Centre and was funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. R.I.G.H.T.S.fm looked at the intersections of forced marriages and human trafficking. The project culminated in the development of a Resource guide for service providers, brochures for survivors in 5 languages (Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and ), a resource for survivors and training curriculum for service providers. The kit was successfully launched in October 2012 with our special guests Kathleen Wynne and Andrew Cash.
The RAP Project was run in partnership with Toronto Public Health and various community agencies. The project was aimed at helping newcomer youth, children and their families cope with family separation and reunification (FSR) through information-gathering, peer support, mentorship, advocacy and other strategies. My involvement with RAP was through the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and focused on working with Sri Lankan and Tamil youth affected by FSR.
Racism Free Ontario Project involved a series of events and projects leading up to the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. The project was part of a larger community engagement initiative and included support from the Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP-C).
Bridging the Gap was a project funded by New Horizons for Seniors. The project was developed with the intention of bridging the generation gap that existed between youth and seniors by drawing on the commonality of their needs and experiences. The project included forums and workshops about common needs and culminated in a conference/ senior appreciation dinner.
In December of 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced $53 million in funding cuts to the immigrant settlement services, with the largest cuts being in Ontario. CIC cut funding to 33 Ontario Agencies, with 28 of them being in Toronto. The Rewind the Cuts campaign was launched by a group of volunteers and community agencies to request that the government re-think and re-assess their decision to cut funding to the settlement sector in Toronto.
The Student Volunteer Program (2004) was a international development internship that I combined with my Masters' research on development in a post-conflict environment. I was one of three Canadian volunteers, who worked in Sri Lanka on two development projects - an Technical institute and a community health centre. The projects ran during the 2002-2005 ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). We work in Kilnochichi, in the Vanni province. Page is still forthcoming.
Since I was young, I have always been taught that we need to give back to our community and others. Thus, volunteering plays a very important part of my everyday life and is something that I am committed to. Volunteer, though I realize is not just about giving back, because it has taught me a lot about myself and I have gained more than I have given.