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SAATH – Developing a collaborative service model to support South Asian children, youth and families

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Published on January 30, 2020 with No Comments

Gurpreet Malhotra, CEO Indus, Charmaine Williams, Brampton City Councillor, Sonia Benjamin, Special Advisor to MPP Deepak Anand and Harkirat Singh, Brampton City Councillor.

Indus Community Services (Indus) and Peel Children’s Aid (Peel CAS) have been working in partnership for many years to develop a collaborative service model that supports South Asian children, youth and families. SAATH means ‘together’ in Hindi, a native South Asian language. A critical part of developing this project was community involvement on the draft model. Accordingly, the community and networking partners were invited to an interactive forum at Sagan Banquet Hall, on Friday, Jan 17th, 2020, to provide essential input and feedback to help Indus and Peel CAS, move the work forward.  In his opening remarks at the forum, Gurpreet Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer of Indus and Co-Chair of this partnership said “This collaboration was initiated in 2017 with the hope to improve and provide the best possible experience for South Asian families and children that require child welfare services in the Region of Peel. Today’s forum is a confirmation that we are committed to creating a more effective, culturally responsive and supportive system.”

Daria Allan-Ebron, Service Director with Peel CAS shared a quote from Mr. Rogers that is a reflection of this partnership. “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

Charmaine Williams, Brampton City Councillor, Wards 7 & 8 and Harkirat Singh, Brampton City Councillor Wards 9 & 10, presented greetings on behalf of the City of Brampton, while MPP Deepak Anand’s Office was represented by Sonia Benjamin, Special Advisor.

 Rav Bains, Chief Executive Officer  of Peel CAS summed up the work the collaborative has done in the words of Helen Keller which says, “On our own we can do so little; together we can do so much.” To learn more about this collaborative, please contact Jakki Buckeridge at 905-459-4776 Ext. 3244.


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