Punjabi Community Health Services was founded on July 5, 1990. It was incorporated as a not-for-profit community based agency on October 25, 1995. It became a registered charitable organization on April 1, 2010.
How has PCHS grown over the years? Click on a year from the chart below and find out!
Established Punjabi Community Health Project – 5 July 1990
Operated out of the Peel Health Office at 199 County Court Blvd. Work started with seniors.
Two research projects started “to determine the extent of alcohol use in the Punjabi community” and “Sikh Community and Gaps in Social services in the GTA, July 1992”
Organized four conferences on the topics of “Anti-Racism”, “Career Choices” and “Leadership for Youth” and “Seniors Well-being”
Final Report of the Punjabi Community Health Project released in December 1993.
Pilot project – Sahara Men’s Group started
Video developed – Dealing with Alcohol: It’s effects and treatment
Incorporated as Punjabi Community Health Project and Logo developed
Print resources developed – Parenting manuals
Video developed – Parenting in Canada in Punjabi language
South Asian Men’s Project developed in DPNC
1st year – SAHARA Men’s Group
PCHS partnered with CAN-Sikh Cultural Centre to educate the community around addictions, mental health and parenting issues.
PCHC developed two health promotion projects “Punjabi Women and Health Promotion – May '96 and Punjabi Parent Development Project – July '96”. In addition, two research studies were also undertaken “Tobacco Use Amongst Punjabi Youth, Sept. '96 and Enhancing Access to Prenatal Classes, Oct. '96”.
A video was also developed, titled “Dying for a Cigarette” in Oct. '96.
Research Study – “Health Project for Seniors” released in March 1997.
PCHC developed a one year Health Promotion project with South Asian Seniors in partnership with Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC).
Two conferences were organized on “Health and well-being of Seniors and Women" and “Intergenerational issues (Youth) in partnership with Can-Sikh Cultural Centre”.
United Way of Peel Region funded a one year project on HIV/AIDS South Asian Youth Education Research Project.
PCHS helped organize the first ever blood donor camp organized in the Sikh community.
PCHS started Parenting Sessions at Mississauga Gurdwara (Sikh Temple).
Family Violence Project with COSTI was also started.
Unforgettable Memories (a forum for seniors) and Violence Against South Asian Women workshop in partnership with PCAWA was also undertaken.
PCHS, in partnership with Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services (ICNSS) organized “the Body Image Problems amongst South Asian Girls in Peel Region” project. It also started the one hour radio program (Tuhadi Awaz – Your Voice) on 1320 AM.
An innovative project with Victim Services of Peel (VSOP) “South Asian Family Violence Volunteer Response Team Project” was initiated.
PCHS received a half-hour television program from Sur Sagar Television
Ontario Trillium Foundation funded the Community Neighbourhood Co-operative Cluster project through which PCHS was given an office space at ICNSS office – January 2001.
ICNSS and PCHS were jointly funded by the Region of Peel to run the Youth project.
Ontario Trillium Foundation funded a joint project of PCHS with VSOP for 5 years called “Mentoring For Change”.
PCHS supported Can-Sikh Cultural Centre to organize the 11th World Kabbadi Cup in Brampton.
Project to enhance the ‘SAHARA’ group initiated in partnership with William Osler Hospital – Withdrawal Management Services
PCHS receives funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation for four years to “Develop Social Capital in Peel”
1st year – ‘SAHARA’ women’s group started at the Gurdwara “SAHARA” seniors group started at ICNSS 1st Annual Fundraising dinner successfully completed
PCHS organized the following projects and activities:
PCHC starts a television program called “Youth ConneXion” at Sur Sagar television.
PCHC launches an Eco Action project. This project develops awareness on the environmental issues within the Punjabi community.
One year United way funded project launched – Training Sikh Priests towards enhancing understanding of women abuse issues.
Drinking and Driving research amongst South Asian youth findings released in November.
Research study in partnership with Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in the areas of Addiction, Mental Health and Barriers to Access completed.
Translation projects undertaken using the 9 step guidelines.
Peel Heart Health Network allocated funds to the PCHC develop awareness of heart disease in the Punjabi community.
Drinking and Driving report released October 2002.