Congratulations Astha!

We would like to forward our sincere congratulations to Astha Agarwal for being accepted into the PHD program at University of California Berkeley for School Psychology! Astha has been a member of the South Asian Youth Collective since 2015, and has remained active in our projects and causes.

I have had the opportunity to see Astha complete her undergrad degree, master’s and more recently the application process for the PhD programs at prestigious universities in the United States. I cannot be more proud for such a strong woman of colour to take up space in these institutions, and continue to create social impact in her communities. I have no doubt the incredible work she will do through working with children and youth, and look forward to more milestones by such a powerful woman!

– Harleen xoxo

Cards made by our participants

We de-stressed, chatted and listened to music while we let our creative juices flow yesterday. And the results are all beautiful and unique creations that we will all cherish. Thank you our brave participants for coming out of your homes and for making these colorful cards on a grey day. Love you all!

Thank you Mela Sarkar!

Mela delivered us her traditional box of home made cookies yesterday. It was a pleasure to see and eat the lovely treats. We thank you Mela for remembering your SAWCC sisters each year and bringing us the gift of your labour and love.

Unravelling in Rhymes kicks off for 2019!

After being on hiatus for over a year, we successfully re-launched our Unravelling in Rhymes poetry and creative writing workshop series on January 26th! 

A group of 14 participants gathered at The Open Centre to partake in an afternoon of writing and sharing , while being open to vulnerability and fostering courage in sharing and writing about our truths. 

We had the absolutely pleasure and honour of inviting Moe Clark as our guest poet facilitator for the afternoon. Moe is a Métis multidisciplinary artist and a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Originally from Treaty 7, she’s called tio’tia:ke (Montreal) home for over a decade. Moe fuses together vocal improvisation with multilingual lyricism to create meaning that is rooted in personal legacy and ancestral memory. Apart from performance, she facilitates creative workshops in various contexts; she produces festivals and performances; and she mentors emerging artists. 

Moe Clark also loves the looping pedal, and so our first Unravelling in Rhymes workshop involved creating soundscapes and recording spoken poetry as a group. We also spent time free-writing in response to reflections on natural elements of our earth, land and climate. 

We are grateful for such a lovely afternoon of warmth, tea and fruits, sunshine, and writing our truths and vulnerabilities in a shared space of love and creativity. 

Stay tuned for the next workshop in April, 2019! Workshops are part of the Youth Program and South Asian Collective initiatives, and take place once every season, and are open to women, non-binary, gender-fluid, 2 Spirit and gender non-conforming  people of colour between the ages 17 and 30 years old. 

Workshops are generally provided in collaboration with Vallum Magazine, one of Canada’s top poetry journals encouraging dialogue between Quebec and the rest of Canada through the exchange of ideas and writing with acclaimed and emerging artists in Canada and internationally. 

Full Moon Fling photos at Mont Tremblant

Invitation to participate in our activity calendar making

Although our need analysis activity is scheduled for the 22nd of Jan. 2019, we wish to give a chance to all our participants and users to participate in this activity; whether they can be present on the 22nd or not!

Below is a list of some topics that might be interest to you. You can select a few or suggest some that you would wish us to organize at SAWCC as part of our Tuesday activity or Potluck activity. Please send your selections to Juvaria Yasser at or talk to her 514-528-8812/104

W.Sh Needs analysis, jan 2019