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About Us


2002 :

UWYR conducted a Leading Ethnoracial Access Dialogue (LEAD) survey.


UWYR approved Community Initiative Grant for 3 years under a sponsorship agreement with Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR)


Appointment of first Chairperson.
Established office at Centre for Information & Community Services (CICS), Markville Branch.
Hired part-time staff.
Replaced part-time staff with full-time Program Director in November.
Official launch of Social Services Network.


Established relationships with mainstream service providers to deliver 26 presentations to 1600 members of the diverse South Asian community in the Region – Member of HSPC Action plan.
Held first Annual South Asian Day in Markham – May 14, 2005.
Declaration of South Asian Heritage Day in Markham.
Responded to Victims of the Tsunami & Asian earthquake.
Delivered cultural sensitivity training for 200 staff of various agencies.


Applied/Received joint funding & program partnership with Family Services of York Region.
Established additional shared office space at Simpressions (Jobskils)
Received Charitable Status effective 2005
Officially recognized as a United Way of York Region Agency
Prepared first Strategic Plan and organization structure


Increased funding from other sources
Hosted First South Asian Health Fair
Held First South Asian Awards Ceremony to recognize the contributions of South Asians to the Canadian Community in 6 categories
Appointed first Executive Director and increased staff number to 10 including two Program Managers, Outreach Service Administrator and Team Leaders.


Creating Bridges for Healthy Communities: In partnership with Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and Kinark Child and Family services funded by OTF


South Asian Adult Day Program (SAADP): In partnership with Unionville Home Society funded by CLHIN on weekends for elderly and frail seniors
South Asian Outreach Project is a joint initiative of Social Services Network and Family Services of York Region project reaches out to the diverse South Asian. Support groups held on a weekly basis, facilitated in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil and English
Anti-Youth Violence Conference: SSN in Partnership with other agencies organized a one day education forum and open dialogue with over 100 youth from local schools on May 23, 2007 at the Markham Civic Centre as part of International Youth Week – Sports Day and Youth Fair (Milliken Mills High School)
Focus on Family Literacy: Funded by CDIF is an 8-week program for fathers and grandfathers.


Diabetes Prevention and Self Management Program: In partnership with Markham Stouffville Hospital and Carefirst Seniors delivered a 12-week program through a community based integrated approach for the prevention of chronic diseases – Total 1500 clients were screened in three months and 155 referred
Six Months’ Evidence Based Study to Prevent and Manage Diabetes: Funded by MOHLTC the study to measure the community impact of integrated approach of healthy eating, active living and mental health management on preventing chronic diseases at Sikh and Hindu temples.
Multimedia Film Festival of YR: 3 documentaries produced. SSN became a part of the board of the film festival.
Our Heritage - through South Asian Eyes funded by New Horizons
Candlelight Vigil: Successfully organized the Candlelight Vigil event on 17th October 2010 for the victims of the floods in Pakistan
SSN Thanksgiving Night: Celebrating SSN’s partnership with community leaders and recognize our collective efforts.
Training of Program Managers on performance management, initiated health insurance for full time staff, Recruited a volunteer coordinator.


Hosted 1st “Impact of Family Violence a South Asian Perspective” in Toronto.
1st Federal Grant: Building the Safe Community for Us: South Asian Girls, Teens and Young Women Strategize for Change funded by Status of Women Canada
Officially launched the initiative to establish the first Community Health Centre in Markham and Richmond Hill.
Markham Community Hub: Received grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation for the renovation and repair space.
Seniors Hub at Armadale Community Centre: Established a Seniors Hub in partnership with the Town of Markham at Armadale Community Centre
National Seniors Day at the Town of Markham: SSN launched the National Seniors Day at the Town of Markham – Minister of State and Seniors Alice Wong, Mayor Frank Scarpetti attended with more than 150 seniors
Developed a toolkit and training for Taking Care of Me with CHATS and culturally diverse workshops for service providers. Funded by CLHIN
1st SSN Fund raising Gala: Social Services Network held its first Annual Fundraising Gala – “Helping Hands GALA”
IIFA Events in Markham in collaboration with the Town of Markham


Moved to a new location!! Markham Community Hub
2nd Annual Impact Family Violence Conference at Seneca College Markham Campus May 2nd and 3rd 2011
Strategic Planning
Accounting System: Hired a firm and outsourced SSN accounting system
Developed the Status of Women toolkit for young girls, women, family members and service providers
Received a Pan Canadian grant from ESDC – Building a Safe Community for South Asian Seniors


First Youth Vybez monthly event
One Billion Rising Youth Vybez video created
2nd Annual “International Women’s Day Event”
3rd Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference – May 1 & 2 – Sheridan College
2nd Annual SSN Gala
Senior’s Day – Celebrating our Seniors


Started Homework Club Program within 4 Elementary School reaching 130 youths to date
Received funding for Heart and Stroke Foundation – Heart 2 Heart
Received funding to IGNITE Ontario – Healthy Balance – Are You Ready?
Received funding from Ontario Women’s Directorate – Neighbours, Friends and Families
3rd annual International Women’s Day – themed Healthy Living
Developed PSA for elder abuse project – launched publicly
4th annual Impact of Family Violence Conference – May 2nd and 3rd – Durham College/UFT


4th Annual International Women’s Day
5th Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference – Ottawa
Received funding from Status of Women Canada for First Steps – Immigrant women succeed
Received funding from York Region for Peer Mentorship
Received funding from Govt of Canada for Memories from Home
Received funding from Govt of Canada for Aging Positively Program
Launched Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) in partnership with York University
Prevention & Management of Chronic diseases in partnership with CareFirst


1st Annual Seniors Fair at the city of Markham
5th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration
Received funding for Staying Safe – Senior Secretariot
Planned & Executed Community BBQ
Hosted a Community Partnership round table discussions with Community Agencies


2nd Annual Seniors Fair at the Armadale Community Center
6th Annual International Womens Day Celebrations – Themed “ Press for parity”
Organized Canada 150 Gala in partnerhsip with City of Markham – Arts Exhibition, Partnership Walk & Entertainment
1st Annual Fundraising Walk in support of SSN’s Aging Positively Campaign
Received funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation GrowFund Grant
Received funidng from Govt of Canada for the Empowerment & social inclusion for Muslim Women
Launched Community Kitchen Pilot project in partnerhsip with Ebenezer United Church
Launched Health & Wellness Pilot project for seniors on Sundays at the Hub
Launched Community Exercise program for seniors 65+ in partnership with CareFirst, funded by C.LHIN


7th Annual International Womens Day Celebrations – Themed “Push for Progress”
Received funding from the Region of York for Peer to Peer program for Seniors
Received funding from Govt of Canada for the Community Kitchen program in partnership with the Ebenezer United Church
Received funding from the Region of York to invest in Organziational Development
Received funding from the Ontario Trilliun Foundation for Captial investment
SSN launches its first Transportation Services
SSN launched its services for seniors at the newly build Aaniin Community Center
Received funding from Alzheimers Society York Region under Finding Your Way, to educate SSN staff and members of the community about Alzheimer’s disease
UWTYR renewed funding for 3 years to continue delivering programs and services at various drop-in centres, and places of worship, for Connections to Decrease Isolation.