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 6 pm to 7 pm, 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.
Adverse childhood experiences and importance of primary caregiver(s)
Adverse childhood experiences can include things like physical and emotional abuse, neglect, mental illness in the home, substance abuse in the home, and many more. Deshpal Grewal will be talking about these childhood experiences and explain how this links to future behavioural and health issues. He will also talk about the important role parents and caregivers play in their child’s life to help mitigate these risks.
About Deshpal Grewal
Deshpal Grewal has a Master of Counselling degree and is presently registered with British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). He works with Fraser Health Authority as Clinician, Geriatric Community Mental Health in Surrey. In addition to working with various Fraser Health Authority mental health and substance use programs, his contributions involve strong community partnerships, background work in the community with non-profit and school district initiatives, developing and implementing community programs involving highly vulnerable families.
July 13 & 20
Culture and Language
The team of facilitators will be talking about the importance of our culture and language and how our culture brings us together. Join us to share your experiences on how you adapted to different cultures, stayed in touch with your roots, and your favourite memories of childhood.
Learn more about what healthy eating means and how you can incorporate nutrition into your current lifestyle. Our speaker for this session, Ruby Bassi will discuss what it means to eat a balanced diet, how you can incorporate healthy foods into your regular diet, how to manage gut health, the importance of drinking water, and so much more. She will also be available for any additional questions or concerns you may have.
About Ruby Bassi
Ruby Bassi is a registered dietitian who works with the South Asian Health Institute in Fraser Health. She has been practicing for 11 years and has worked in various settings including acute care, outpatient care, and community. Before COVID-19, the teams’ work includes working with the South Asian population, providing education, and raising awareness about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Currently, the teams’ work is focused on COVID-19 and educating the community around COVID-19 safety, vaccines, testing, etc.
Summer Favourites- BBQ’s
Join us to talk about a popular summer activity – BBQing. Learn more about what you can make on a BBQ and share your favourite recipes while learning how to incorporate healthy eating in the summer months.
Social Media & Cyberbullying
Cpl Johal will be talking about popular social media sites for young people, concerning behaviour online, and how parents can support their children in today’s tech world. Cpl. Johal will also talk about cyberbullying – what is it, when can it help, who it can happen to, and how you can report it.
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. She aims 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:
- Gardening Benefits
- Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (SAFE) program and the newly released gang prevention Empower Surrey website
- Overview of the South Asian Family Strengthening (SAFST) program and the High Risk Youth Justice (HRYJ) program
- Dental Care
- Sleep Hygiene
- 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