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.
January 19: Stress Management
In this week’s discussion we will cover topics such as what causes stress, how to manage it and the impact stress can have on your life. In addition to stress management, we will also touch on the importance of self care, and how to manage sleep hygiene. We invite everyone to share their own experiences related to stress and provide some best practices that others can take back and apply within their daily routines. Tejinder Gill form Options, who is also one of our facilitators will be leading the discussion this week.
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 a Family Counsellor with the Immediate Response Program at Pacific Community Resources for 15 years. In 2017 she continued to work with the Options/ PCRS Team and the City of Surrey's SAFE Program, encompassing support for South Asian Families and their youth involved in risk-taking activities, including gang involvement. Sarjeet has worked within the Ministry of Children and Families for over 33 years supporting families and takes pride in working with Mainstream and South Asian Communities.
Sarjeet was inspirational in establishing two programs: one supporting South Asian Parents struggling with their teens, and the second Club Utopia specifically for South Asian youth. Mehfil Magazine recognized Sarjeet's work supporting South Asian parents engaging in parent/teen conflict. In 2020 Sarjeet was honoured to receive the BC Achievement Foundation's Community Award. Sarjeet was also, recognized with the prestigious YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Award.
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. Simran have an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care and has worked in various settings within social services including residential settings, schools, and housing sectors. 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.
Jan 12 - Punjabi Culture: Part 2
This discussion on Punjabi culture will be continued from last week. Facilitated by Ankita Grewal from PICS, Tejinder Gill from Options, Sarjeet Purewal from PCRS, and Harmeet Shergill from the City of Surrey. We encourage you to share your own stories on Punjabi culture and discuss the importance of embracing other cultures.
January 5 - Punjabi Culture Part 1
To kick start the new year we would like to have an open dialogue about the Punjabi Culture. This is an opportunity to share stories of where you came from, where you are now and learn about each other. It’s a great way to learn from each others success and learn some best practices. This dialogue will be led and facilitated by Ankita Grewal from PICS.
December 22 - Senior Care Facilities
In this session we will be focusing on Senior Care Facilities, Independent living and Aging in place. Inderjeet Hundal, Director of Senior Housing at PICS, will be discussing specific needs of the South Asian community and the stigmas associated with Senior Care Facilities.
December 8 & 15
Due to high demand we are conducting a two-part series (December 8 and December 15) focusing on seniors and addressing “Aging Well”. The session is conducted by Jas Cheema, a recognized leader in the field of inter-cultural communication and community engagement.
This week's session will be on Alternative Methods of Therapy and will be presented by Harmeet Shergill from the City of Surrey, Ankita Grewal from PICS, and Tejinder Gill from Options. Topics will include discussions on pets, dance, music, yoga, etc.
Navreen, a clinical counsellor with Moving Forward, will be talking about counselling again. She will be covering counsellor-patient confidentiality and how to support family members who are seeing a counsellor (boundary setting and confidentiality).
Dr. Rohit Sachdeva from Hillcrest Village Optometry will be presenting on the importance of maintaining eye health. Rohit will be open to questions about your eye health.
Navreen Kaur, a clinical counsellor with Moving Forward, will be talking about counselling: types of counselling, what to expect during a counselling session, and stigma attached to counselling specific to the South Asian community.
Ankita Grewal, Outreach Counsellor with Progressive Intercultural Community Society (PICS) and Tejinder Gill, Family Strengthening Counsellor with Options Community Services, will speak on the topic of parent-child relationships, part 2.
This session will be presented by Dr. Janjua, Pediatrician from Fraser Heights Medical Centre. He will be touching up on topics related to Winter 2020 such as COVID, vaccines, flu season, etc. Dr. Janjua can also answer any questions related to your child’s health.
SD36 education worker Simran Notra will be presenting on healthy parent-child relationships. This includes:
- No size fits all approach to parenting - everyone’s parenting style is unique.
- Modern society vs. past societal responsibilities
- How to understand your child’s perspectives
- Learning to set boundaries and empowering children to make choices.
- Normalizing supports when in need
Supporting children at school facilitated by a SD36 school counsellor, Aman Sandhu. This session included: how parents can support their children through programs, programs that are available internally though the school district as well as externally to help support your child (SAFE programs, etc.), recent incidents at schools that may concern you (substance use, fights, etc., and resources available to the families, and how SD36 supports families during the pandemic.
Mental Health, presented by Sukhdev Sandhu, MA in Education, MSW, RSW (registered social worker) with 30 years of experience with inpatient and outpatient mental health. Sukhdev currently runs a private practice providing individual, family, and group therapy. Focus on more specific mental health diagnoses like ADHD and Autism. Sukhdev is open to answering any questions regarding a specific mental health diagnosis.
General Mental Health – this session is for open dialogue. An opportunity for participants to ask questions about mental health and share their own stories. Examples: how COVID-19 may have affected our eating habits, sleeping patterns, moods, etc. and how we can improve our own / children’s mental health.
Personal Trainer Ravi Gill leads a discussion on the importance of exercising. Learn how the lack of exercise has affected families during the pandemic and the link between exercising and mental health.
Importance of eating healthy during the pandemic led by Personal Trainer, Ravi Gill. Learn how things have changed for parents and children during the pandemic, the affect on healthy eating, and the link between nutrition and mental health.