As Peel CAS moves forward in engaging and collaborating with our diverse communities and partners, we are pleased to share that we have been working behind the scenes with our community partners in increasing our staff’s knowledge about our Sikh community.
Members of our senior management team have visited the Ontario Khalsa Darbar, a Sikh Gurdwara in Mississauga and met with Gurpreet Singh Bal, president of the Gurdwara and member of the World Sikh Organization. We learned about the Sikh faith and how the Gurdwara is a support system for families and the community at large.
We serve a large, diverse South Asian community in Peel region, and understanding the different religious and cultural communities is critically important for our work. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our hosts to help us learn about the Sikh faith. The visit to the Gurdwara reinforced that there is a vast community of support surrounding our Sikh families, which is very helpful as we work together to build networks of support for children, youth and families.
Two tangible outcomes from these visits:
Currently, we are working to create training opportunities to help Peel CAS staff and foster caregivers better understand the Sikh religion and culture. By developing this cultural competency, we will be better equipped to support Sikh children, youth and families. We look forward to our continuing collaboration!