Chalo Baat Karein
Join us for a series of online conversations with South Asian parents and professionals in Surrey on Tuesday evenings.
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Every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm, join the conversation on Microsoft Teams! There will be an opportunity to discuss various topics that suit your needs, including COVID-19, children and their school, financial support, and stress management. Conversations can be in English, Punjabi, Hindi, or Urdu.
Importance of Physical Activity amidst COVID-19
Celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Chalo Baat Karein- this session will be led by our very own facilitators who will focus on the importance of physical activity. Our facilitators will discuss how physical activity can affect mental health, help build important relationships and the long-term effects of exercise. We also encourage all participants to share how they have been staying active during COVID-19.
In this session, Dr Janjua will discuss the importance of sleeping well. He will also cover topics around sleep, such as what is the ideal number of hours needed each night, how to increase a sleeping cycle, what are the effects of sleep apnea or insomnia and how lack of sleep can affect your mental health.
About Dr Janjua
Dr Janjua is a pediatrician, a doctor who specializes in newborns, children and teenagers. He was born and raised on Vancouver Island and moved to Vancouver to complete university and medical school at the University of British Columbia. Dr Janjua completed his pediatric training at BC Children’s Hospital. He has recently opened up a medical office in North Surrey, in the community of Fraser Heights.
Elementary School Transition
This session will focus on elementary school students, the difficulty with transitioning from elementary to high school, the importance of teaching mindfulness and supporting your child’s learning during the summer months.
About Ms. Satbir (Sat) Pattar
Sat Pattar has been an elementary school teacher for the past 14 years and currently teaches grades 3-4 with the Surrey School District. Sat has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia and a Masters from the University of Calgary specializing in child resiliency and trauma. Throughout her teaching career Sat has been passionate about supporting the healthy development of children across the region by promoting partnerships between parents and teachers. As a mother of two Sat fully understands the challenges of juggling her career, parenting and the household while trying to create an environment for kids to excel. In and outside of school, Sat continues to be an advocate for students' successes by encouraging them to develop their strengths, talents and interests in order to build their resilience and confidence.
Dr. Purewal will be talking about the importance of dental hygiene. This session will cover conversations on regular check-ups, cleaning, importance of taking care of dental issues, and how a lack of dental care can affect other parts of your body. She will also briefly discuss subsidized dental treatment.
About Dr. Tina Purewal
Dr. Tina Purewal is a practicing dentist and an instructor at the University of British Columbia in the Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine. She successfully integrated into the Canadian mainstream upon immigration (1993) by upgrading her B.D.S degree from India to the D.M.D degree from UBC (1999). Thus, she is aware of the challenges faced by immigrants desiring to embrace the Canadian way of life. Being a Master’s in Public Health (Gerontology), she understands the socio-economic conflict which multi-cultural societies face. She upholds the mission of promoting harmony and intercultural understanding within the society close to her heart.
Meet the Facilitators
Ankita Grewal is a lead facilitator for Chalo Baat Karein (CBK). Ankita presently works with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society as the Fundraising Officer supporting Guru Nanak Diversity Village; a Provincially funded culturally sensitive long-term care facility for South Asian seniors to be established by 2024. She has experience working with community initiatives supporting youth at risk, parents, and older adults.
Ankita has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and Earth and Ocean Sciences from University of British Columbia (UBC). She served as the first VP Academic for the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) at UBC. When not engaging in community service, she enjoys hiking, dancing, watching movies, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Sarjeet K. Purewal
Sarjeet Purewal brings over 30 years of counselling experience to the team. Her educational background is in counselling, and she has worked both within the government and the non-profit sectors. She has held a specialized counselling role with the Immediate Response Program at Pacific Community Resources for the past 15 years, working with the most vulnerable of families.
In 2017, Sarjeet joined the South Asian Family Strengthening Team, here she merges her passion and extensive experience by encompassing support for South Asian Families and their youth involved in gang involvement. This partnership program is offered by Options/ PCRS and is funded through the City of Surrey's SAFE Program.
Sarjeet’s work supporting South Asian parents engaging in parent/teen conflict was recognized in Mehfil Magazine and she was also recognized with the prestigious YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Award. In 2020 Sarjeet was honoured to receive the BC Achievement Foundation's Community Award. Sarjeet was instrumental in implementing two programs; the South Asian Parents Together Program and Club Utopia a Program specifically for South Asian Youth.
Tejinder Singh Gill
Tejinder Singh Gill is currently working with the South Asian Family Strengthening Program at Options Community Service. He currently works with young people and their families at risk and gang involved.
Tejinder has been working in the Social Services field for over 23 years and specifically with the South Asian community for substance misuse for 15 years.
Simran Notra currently works with the Surrey School District - Safe Schools as well as Progressive Housing Society in Burnaby. She has previously worked in various settings in social services, supporting vulnerable communities in transitional homes, residential settings, and schools. In addition to that, Simran’s international work in Uganda with various organizations has helped her develop a strong perspective on the importance of culturally appropriate supports in the community.
Simran has an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care which focused on Indigenous health, family dynamics and supporting younger community members by meeting them where they are at. Her aim is to support children, youth and adults experiencing stress by educating them on mental and physical aspects of wellbeing. As a co-facilitator for the Chalo Baat Karein (CBK) program, Simran facilitates mindfulness activities and conversations with participants.
Harmeet Shergill has been with the City of Surrey for over 9 years in various roles. In her current role as the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (SAFE) coordinator, she works with 9 SAFE partners who provide services to at-risk children, youth, and their families. Harmeet looks forward to building more meaningful connections with South Asian parents and caregivers through Chalo Baat Karein.
This event has been taking place since September 2020. Past topics have included:
- Emotional Regulation- Introduction to the Series
- Emotional Regulation- Anger Management
- Emotional Regulation- Substance Misuse Health Management
- Family Care and Support
- Importance of Sports as a Deterrent for Negative Behaviour
- Stress Management
- Punjabi Culture
- Senior Care Facilities
- Alternative Methods of Therapy
- Maintaining Eye Health