POSITION: Community Animator, Volunteer
PROJECT: Brown Canada: Documenting and Creating South Asian Histories in Canada
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF INTEREST, RESEARCH, EXPERIENCE AND MOBILIZATION
**Bangladeshi **Indo-Caribbean **Indian **Muslim **Pakistani **Punjabi **Sikh **Tamil
**LGBT **Women **Person’s with Disabilities **Labour **Arts/Culture **Health
Brown Canada is a 2-year comprehensive South Asian history project that seeks to document and create history from a diverse range of perspectives that fall under the ‘South Asian’ umbrella. During this project, we will be creating a comprehensive website with photos, videos and articles, creative and digital storytelling workshops, resource booklets, a dvd, as well as a memorial website and youth-led play dedicated to exploring histories of the Komagata Maru.
We are looking to fill several Community Animator positions to be responsible for gathering content and mobilizing interest within a specific South Asian community or theme. These positions will work closely and report to the Project Coordinator.
-act as a liaison between specific community and overall ‘Brown Canada’ project
-research and compile information with regard to specific community/theme
-address particular needs, goals, struggles of specific community/theme
-community outreach and volunteer recruitment/coordination
-coordinate interviews with members of community
-use creative art/media such as video, digital storytelling, and creative writing to educate and raise awareness
-launch an educational campaign through direct community engagement and media
-other administrative duties as assigned
-interest and/or experience in areas of South Asian history, politics or activism
-enthusiastic about learning and sharing knowledge
-interest in arts, media, research and writing
-ability to work effectively independently and in a group
-good verbal and written communication skills
-knowledge of anti-oppression analysis
Please send your resume and one-page cover letter indicating area of interest. Please use the cover letter to discuss if you would like to be involved in a subject/community area not already indicated, or if you have interests in the intersections of multiple categories.
Send applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepting applications until Friday, January 27th, 2012. Please apply early as we will start filling up positions from January 10th, 2012 onward.
South Asian Heritage Month 2012 Volunteer call-out:
CASSA will be holding various events and activities throughout May to commemorate the South Asian Heritage Month. We are looking for eager and dedicated volunteers to help us out with the activities. People of all age groups and skill sets are welcome to join. The areas of opportunity include marketing, outreach, event coordination, and creative arts.
This year’s events include:
- The 5th Annual “Fires of Resistance” Conference: A South Asian Youth Leadership Conference
- SAHM Reception at City Hall – Another great event that has been happening for several years now. We will be working with the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter to set up displays from various organizations about our communities in celebration of our heritage. This will include a reception event at City Hall.
- SAHM Poster Competition – There will be 3 age groups participating: 13-15, 16-18, and 19 and up. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners and plaques for 2nd and 3rd winners.
- The 4th Annual South Asian Youth Leadership Retreat – This full day retreat will offer youth delegates a series of skill building sessions and leadership activities.
- South Asian Heritage Month Gala Dinner – CASSA will be hosting a gala dinner to celebrate the 11th anniversary of SAHM in Ontario. Location, date/time and entertainment are yet to be determined. Proceeds will go toward funding the Brown Canada project.
- May Day and SAHM Reception – In partnership with Canadian Labour Congress, Ontario Federation of Labour and Toronto and York Region Labour Council, CASSA organizes a joint May Day and SAHM event every year to celebrate the outstanding work South Asians have been doing for social and economic justice in Ontario.
If you are interested in any of these events and would like to get involved as a volunteer, please contact Papia Dutta, South Asian Heritage Month Coordinator, at email@example.com and help us form an energetic and enthusiastic team for SAHM 2012.
Our first SAHM Team 2012 meeting will be held on February 7th at 6
:30pm at the CASSA office (2401 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 212, Scarborough) for interested volunteers. Please email me if you wish to join.
Be a South Asian Heart Health Ambassedor with HSFO
Heart & Stroke Foundation is looking to train volunteers who are strongly connected to the South Asian community, and speak at least one South Asian language to help raise awareness of about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke and promote healthy living strategies.