Events and Outreach

2021

Community yoga and meditation session guided by Zaamilah

Our Voices - எமது குரல்கள் - virtual poetry night for International Women’s Day and ANBU’s 5th year in operation

Our signature ANBU Peer Champions program, tailored to university and college students to speak about sexual violence and its related issues ​

Online event hosted by Tamil Women in Leadership to talk about consent, healthy relationships and boundaries

Online yoga session, meditation and journaling ​

Workshop hosted by Saki Community Services on supporting the well-being of women in the Tamil community

2020

Tamils in Public Service held an online event where we spoke about topics including rape culture and the myths that it perpetuates about sexual violence

A collaborative virtual event with our sister organization in the UK to explore and engage in a variety of wellness activities

Informative talk and Q&A with ANBU team member and medical professional, Dr. Subani Selvarajah, on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic

Tamil Heritage Month Reception at Queen’s Park
Mississauga Tamil Association's 7th Annual Thai Pongal and Tamil Heritage Month event

2019

Global News Interview - Our co-founder Jenny Starke sat down with other community leaders to discuss the importance of including racialized communities when addressing violence against women

Scarborough-Rouge Park Community BBQ - hosted by the office of MP Gary Anandasangaree, connected with the community and shared resources

Youth Mental Health Forum – hosted by Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action, spoke about the importance of healthy boundaries for youth

Health Equity Forum – hosted by CASSA, ANBU was part of a panel discussion on Sexual Health and its access and barriers to women

Women’s Mental Health Forum – hosted by Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action, hosted a short workshop on Healthy Boundaries, presented in English with Tamil translations, and encouraged the practice of self-care among older Tamil women

Brampton Tamil Seniors Association – workshop on ANBU and childhood sexual abuse

Women Offering Wisdom (WOW) Conference

Growing Our Impact: Sharing Best Practices on Community-Based Education to End Gendered Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities – hosted by OCASI, panel discussion on community-based education to end gendered violence in Immigrant and Refugee communities

Senior Tamils Society of Peel – group of 66 seniors participated in a healthy conversation about childhood sexual abuse in the Tamil community and how we can create safe spaces for community members

UTSG Mental Health Awareness – TSA event with high school and post-secondary students, as well as parents

Cyber-bullying Awareness and Intervention – spoke at a ward forum hosted by TDSB Trustee Yalini Rajakulasingam

Vizhippu – event by Family Services Toronto, first-of-kind conference and covered topics such as healthy relationships, signs of trauma, mental health, legal rights and abuse within the developmental disabilities community; Family Services Toronto invited us to contribute to discussions on gender-based violence in the Tamil community

CTYA Top Talents – ANBU received the Youth Icon Award

TDSB Tamil Heritage Month to recognize and celebrate the grass-roots organizations within our community and speak with parents and youth, and share our work

2018

CTYA Paathai - Our team members guided discussions on healthy relationships for youth and young adults in the Tamil community

CanTYD drop-ins - youth came to hear and ask questions about healthy relationships, productive discussions on a range of topics from a culturally-informed perspective

Elspeth Heyworth conference - to speak about healing and share ANBU's work

Transforming Trauma into Triumph conference

ANBU Peer Championship certification program - three day workshop series to awareness and knowledge around Child Sexual Abuse, enhance communication skills and provide practical knowledge for parents/caregivers and servicers in the Tamil Community

ANBU at TDSB - Healthy relationships workshop with high school students

Macabre of the Silenced panel discussion

ANBU at Winston Churchill - Healthy relationships workshop with high school students

YRDSB WOW conference - Healthy relationships workshop with high school students

Sri Lanka's Disappeared panel discussion

Tamil Student Association at University of Toronto

Combatting Sexual Violence Panel at York University

ANBU's very first Oli event - an evening of artistic expression to explore trauma and healing

CTCC Scarborough Convention Centre - ANBU was awarded a community award for the work we do and we did a short presentation on ANBU

Barbra Schifler Roundtable discussion re: #ustoo to raise awareness on sexual violence within racialized and minority communities

ANBU at Woburn Collegiate Institute - Healthy relationships workshop with high school students

2017

True2Soul Interview

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma and Intergenerational Healing: Recovery, Resilience and Wellness - panel discussion

Gender based violence workshop - panel discussion

Bring An Aunty - in collaboration with OCASI, ANBU organized an event to raise awareness in Tamil on intimate partner violence and sexual violence within the older generations of the Tamil community

Markham Mental Health Awareness walk - tabling event

Root of ANBU - we partnered with an organization in Sri Lanka, LEADS, to celebrate and embrace our roots from our homeland

National Council of Canadian Tamils Gala - ANBU was awarded a community award for the work we do and we did a short presentation on ANBU

Combatting Sexual Violence Panel at York University

ANBU Video Launch – official launch of the organization and the ANBU Video Series

2016

Community Yoga Class - fundraiser for ANBU and evening yoga and meditation session with Shajini

The Gatehouse's Transformative Social Change Symposium at Humber College (November)

The Interim Place conference - spoken word piece by Tharshiga

Community networking at Tamil Culture's Night Mrkt

Guest speakers at the Global Symposium on Violence Prevention

Spreading ANBU at Men’s Services for Mental Health Verty Party

Guest speaker at the The Gatehouse's Transformative Social Change Symposium (May)

Guest speakers at the York University Tamil Symposium

Guest speaker at the The Gatehouse's Transformative Social Change Symposium (April)

Guest speakers for “Making a Difference: Careers in Social Science” by Canadian Tamil Professionals Association

ANBU Information Session

Guest speakers at Loving Mothers Taboo Talks & Wellness conference

Guest speakers at UTSG TSA Discussion Panel: Mind Over Matter

Jenny & Tharshiga's interview with Stewart on Personal Transformation Radio

2015

Jenny & Tharshiga's interview with Ramanan & Lankathas on TamilINI FM

Tharshiga's interview with Matt Galloway on CBC news

Keynote speech by Jenny at CanTYD’s Awards of Excellence Gala