Canadian South Asian Growth & Support Services (CSAGSS) is a registered non-profit community-based organization, founded in 2013, in response to the growing needs of the ever expanding immigrant population residing in Morningside and Greater Toronto Area.
CSAGSS believes in the holistic development of individuals, groups and families belonging to the South Asian and other immigrant communities. It also believes in empowering them and providing supports for sustainable growth so that they become self-sufficient
contributing members of the society.
CSAGSS’ vision revolves around empowerment, respect and serving with equality.
- EMPOWERMENT: CSAGSS aims to capacitate and strengthen immigrant communities and youth in order to enable them to grow and contribute to the economy of Canada.
- RESPECT: CSAGSS values diversity and multiculturalism, and aims to serve individuals and families with respect, regardless of their diverse ethnic, cultural and religious
- EQUALITY: CSAGSS serves individuals with equity, and strongly believes in and upholds the principles of human rights by operating strictly within the framework of anti-discrimination and anti-oppression.
Our core values are at the heart of our service. They articulate who we are, how we work, what we believe in and what we strive to stand for.
- Promote cultural competencies and work in collaboration with for the well-being of South Asian and other immigrant communities
- Respond to the ever-growing needs of immigrant communities by seeking regular feedback and conducting evaluations
- Serve marginalized and immigrant communities by connecting them to various networking opportunities, including self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to fulfill their needs
- Support and enhance the research, study and usage of South Asian and other ethnic languages and culture
- Work within the framework of anti-oppression, anti-racism and anti-homophobic principles and practices
Consistent with its objectives and mandate, CSAGSS has fulfilled the following purposes to date:
- To establish and operate a community centre to be used for workshops, programs, athletics, drama, art, music, handicrafts, hobbies and recreation for the benefit of the general public.
- To provide education, counselling and other support services for immigrants and refugees in need, including language instruction, employment training, job search programs, translation services and information programs on Canadian culture and life.
- To establish, maintain and operate an employment training centre for needy unemployed and low skilled workers; To provide assistance to needy persons in drafting
resumes, searching for employment and preparing for job interviews; To provide counselling to needy persons experiencing long term unemployment; To develop
employment training and education programs for needy persons.
- To provide literacy programmes and classes to members of the public; To develop and provide education and training programs to persons who will conduct literacy training.