Jasmeen Dourka

Reconnecting with Our Roots | Brampton, ON

Jasmeen Dourka (she/her) is passionate about advancing equity for historically marginalized communities through engagement in community-based initiatives and research. In addition to her lived experiences as a second-generation immigrant who is part of the South Asian diaspora, her Master’s in Global Health sparked her interest in culturally competent approaches to health. These approaches do not take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ route and instead respond to the unique needs of diverse populations. She is grateful for the opportunity to be an Ontario Community Changemaker and is looking forward to fostering social inclusion and enhancing civic engagement through her project!

About the Project

Reconnecting with Our Roots is a series of multigenerational workshops created to equip the Brampton South Asian community with the knowledge and skills to integrate cultural practices into a healthy lifestyle. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each workshop will focus on a different aspect of health and wellbeing, such as cultural and faith-based mental health strategies, art therapy using traditional ‘phulkari’ embroidery, culturally appropriate nutrition, and physical activity through dance. Additionally, workshop content will be shared online to ensure we continue mobilizing and transferring knowledge across the community.