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!

  • 1990
    • Established Punjabi Community Health Project – 5 July 1990
  • 1991
    • Operated out of the Peel Health Office at 199 County Court Blvd. Work started with seniors.
  • 1992
    • 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”
  • 1993
    • 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.
  • 1994
    • Pilot project – Sahara Men’s Group started
    • Video developed – Dealing with Alcohol: It’s effects and treatment
  • 1995
    • 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.
  • 1996
    • 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.
  • 1997
    • 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).
  • 1998
    • 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.
  • 1999
    • 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.
  • 2000
    • 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
  • 2001

    The following projects were undertaken:

    • 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
  • 2002

    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.
  • 2003

    The following projects were undertaken:

    • PCHC received funding from the HEAL Network.
    • PCHC received funding from CAMH to counsel clients with “Gambling” problems.
    • 1st strategic Planning undertaken by the Board, staff and volunteers.
    • PCHC started celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2003 at 3050 Confederation Parkway.

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  • 2004
    • Moved into a new office located at 11730 Airport Road.
    • PCHS starts the 1st Annual Childrens' camp at the head office in Brampton.
    • PCHS continues with the Heal Program.
    • International Women's Day celebrated.
  • 2005
    • PCHS released three research studies under the “Develop Social Capital in Peel” project. The research studies are “HIV/AIDS research report released October 2005”, “Homosexuality research report released August 2005”, “Sexual Abuse research report released November 2005”.
    • PCHC received funding from Health Canada to start two projects – “Hep C project” and “Tobacco project”.
    • 10th anniversary of SAHARA Men's Group
    • 10th anniversary of continued partnership with Can-Sikh Cultural Centre
    • Partnership with Sikh Heritage Centre developed and PCHS moved into the location in Brampton
  • 2006
    • PCHS received funding from New Horizon Seniors Program and started a partnership project with Community University Research Alliance (CURA) to explore a research project in the Sikh Punjabi community.
  • 2007
    • PCHC started a comprehensive campaign to strengthen itself organizationally. It started to negotiate with Central West – LHIN to receive funding for serving the South Asian community.
  • 2008
    • PCHS name changed to Punjabi Community Health Services from PCHC (Punjabi Community Health Center).
    • Central West LHIN funded PCHS in the addictions, mental health and ageing at home programs.
    • PCHS was allocated a van for transportation purposes.
    • PCHS developed two videos – “Let’s Talk About It – Senior Abuse video” and “Parenting video developed with 4 Peel Schools”.
    • PCHS, on October 25, organized a historic Community Forum to discuss Youth problems at Chandni Banquet Hall. Over 800 people attended this session.
    • Funding flow through WOHS, Canes Community Care and CMHA Peel.
    • 1st Senior Health Mela in Brampton organized by PCHS.
  • 2009
    • Chana Group of Co. donated the office space at the Ebenezer Road in Brampton.
    • Seniors Health fair and Diabetes Camp were organized.
    • PCHS also received funding from the Ministry of Health Promotion under the Healthy Communities Stream.
    • The Executive Director Co-Chairs the Diversity Core action Group of Central West – LHIN
    • PCHS became a member of the Governance Committee
    • New Malton location for PCHS
    • Humberwood Downs Junior Middle Academy  School – series of parenting workshops
    • Presentation at  McMaster University on Mental Health and Diversity
    • Helped form Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrant Seniors
    • Co-Chair Equity and Diversity Core Action Group of CW-LHIN
    • CASSA – partnership solidified
    • A unit given to us by Chana Group of Companies.
  • 2010

    In January 2010, the Executive Director made a presentation to the staff of Food Corporation of India at the New Delhi office. This was the first such presentation in New Delhi, India. The topic was children and personality development.

    • Became a Health Service Provider by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
    • United Way of Peel funded PCHS to develop a Youth Project to address violence issues in Malton.
    • In January 2010, Seniors High Risk program in partnership with SHIP and PSL was initiated. This program is funded by CW-LHIN.
    • Malton Community Building Project commenced its work.
    • Falls Prevention conference was organized.
    • PCHS became a partner in South Asian Advisory Community – United Way of Peel Region.
    • 20th Anniversary of the founding of PCHS celebrated.
    • Funds received under “sessional fee” to engage a psychiatrist and a medical practitioner.
    • PCHS CEO became the President of Aurat Health Services.
    • Youth Workers for the Black community hired for Malton area.
    • PCHS participates in SA Heritage Day celebration by Human Endeavor.
  • 2011
    • 10th Anniversary of the SAHARA Women’s group celebrated
    • IWD celebrated and PCHS invited Dr. Harshinder Kaur from India
    • Partnered with Human Endeavour on EPIC Social Enterprise model
    • Film – Malton United by MCBP project
    • Partnership with Heart Health Hospice on Palliative Care for the South Asian community
    • Partnership with St. Michaels Hospital, Peel Health to explore the reasons for low Cancer Screening rates for South Asian women in the Region of Peel.
    • Supported Youth Troopers for Global Awareness to become a sustainable organization.
    • Video on Senior Abuse created.
    • PCHS started participating in Service Delivery Network – PNSG
    • Cultural competence workshops for organizations
    • PCHS participates in SA Heritage Day celebration by Human Endeavour
  • 2012
    • 10th International Women’s Day celebration organized
    • Funding for one case manager received under the Narcotics Strategy
    • Funding received under Behavioural Services Ontario to hire a Psycho-Geriatric Resource Consultant
    • Moved in the new office in Malton – Great Punjab Business Centre on Drew Road
    • Cloud system installed on PCHS computers
    • Research on Diabetes compiled by PCHS
    • Senior abuse project – with Social Services Network in York Region
    • Heart and Stroke Foundation project on youth
    • Diabetes project with Canadian Diabetes Society
    • Community ConneXion TV program
    • Health Links initiative started in CW LHIN
    • PCHS Participates in Lohri for Her event – 1st time
    • Cultural competence workshops for organizations
    • PCHS participates in SA Heritage Day celebration by Human Endeavour
  • 2013
    • 5th Anniversary of the Health Mela celebrated
    • Partnership with SEVA Food Bank developed
    • Open House for Malton Office (moved in December 2012)
    • In January 2013 – parenting sessions at Baitul Islam Mosque in York Region
    • Preparation for CARF ACCREDITATION
    • Partnership with Heart House Hospice – South Asian Palliative Project
    • Community Hub discussions started by United Way
    • Second Annual Multicultural Health Conference - Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health
    • Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – Ethno-specific Services
    • South Asian Action Council
    • 11th IWD organized
    • Community ConneXion continued
    • Brampton Springdale Network started at Louise Arbour Secondary School
    • SSN 3rd annual abuse conference
    • PCHS Calgary discussions started
    • Narcotics program started at PCHS
    • June 26, 2013 – SA Executive Director’s meeting started
    • PCHS becomes paymaster for Dixon Community Services
    • Imagine Canada accreditation work started
    • SEVA Food Bank moved into Malton location
    • In India – work started on PCHS Punjab
    • PCHS receives United Way of Peel funding
    • PCHS – 1st annual Cultural competence conference
    • Cultural competence workshops for organizations
    • IN STED program funded by CW LHIN
    • PCHS participates in SA Heritage Day celebration by Human Endeavour
  • 2014
    • PCHS participates in Malton Youth Centre with Rapport Youth Services
    • Parenting session in Montreal
    • PCHS participates in CAMH Services Collaborative Project
    • SA ED’s Forum continues to meet 4x a year
    • PCHS receives a donation from McDonalds at Walmart
    • Sandy Milakovic, ED of CMHA Peel, retires – a friend of PCHS
    • PCHS Calgary becomes a reality
    • PCHS – 2nd annual Cultural competence conference
    • Exploring “Social Enterprise” at PCHS as a medium for fundraising
    • 12th - IWD celebration
    • PCHS participates at 25th ASAAP anniversary celebration
    • 4th SSN conference on violence prevention
    • PCHS participates in SA Youth Empowerment conference by United Way of Peel
    • Cultural competence workshops for organizations
    • PCHS participates 1st time in United Way fundraising campaign
    • The Canadian Consul general, Rajani Alexander, visits PCHS office in Malton
    • PCHS participates in SA Heritage Day celebration by Human Endeavour
    • PCHS client, Prashant Tiwari, committed suicide at WOHS metal health ward
    • PCHS hired an event Planner to help organize IWD event
    • PCHS participates in Data Collection Capacity workgroup at United Way
    • PCHS registered for Connecting GTA expansion project with MOHLTC
    • SA Justice Partner’s committee started at PCHS with Probation and Parole office
    • Community Hub meetings continue to make small progress
    • PCHS Calgary formally established
    • PCHS participated in the Health Equity conference organized by CASSA
    • PCHS started a collaboration with Erin Oaks
    • Lease for the new office in Brampton signed. Tentative move in date is February 2015.
    • PCHS was invited to participate at the MH LHIN’s SIGMHA meetings
  • 2015
    • Moved from 11730 Airport. December 31, 2014 was the last day at 11730 Airport Road office. We had moved into this office in 2004 to 2014. We stayed there for a total of ten years.
    • 13th IWD celebration
    • Eleven new staff joined PCHS on January 2, 2015. This was the largest number of hiring at one time.
    • New Respite program was started on January 2, 2015.
    • Caregivers program was expanded on January 2, 2015.
    • PCHS reorganized into Team Leads (Supervisors). This process is created as we do not have the funds to hire supervisors.
    • 25th anniversary of PCHS celebrated at Royal Banquet Hall along with AGM.
    • PCHS receives funding from MH LHIN to hire one addictions case manager and one Peer Support Worker to serve South Asian population in MH LHIN area.
    • PCHS is engaging Central LHIN to discuss the possibility of funding for Addictions and Mental Health in York region.
    • 1st PCHS Youth Leadership Training Program on 13th September 2015
    • New program started – Peer Support Program
  • 2016
    • 14th IWD celebration
    • PCHS Ottawa formed
    • PCHS Calgary – 1st fundraising event held successfully
    • Board retreat in February – decision taken to implement
      • PCHS Foundation
      • PCHS Canada
      • Media department