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Our Roots

‘South Asian’ is a broad term referring to people with heritage from countries including but not limited to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet.
We recognize that throughout history, South Asian individuals and families have been relocated across the globe. As such, we welcome people of Indo- Caribbean, Trinidadian, Guyanese, Indo- European and Indo-African heritage, as well as other South Asian diaspora with roots in places such as Fiji, Maldives and Mauritius.
We serve people from communities that are culturally related to South Asia including but not limited to the Middle East, North Africa, Syria, Iran and Egypt. We serve men, women, female-identified, transgender, non-binary, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, intersex and MSM South Asians of all ages and backgrounds. We serve youth, including LGBTQ* youth. We serve those who are struggling with substance use. 
We strive to serve and connect with South Asian communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).



This year, we are celebrating a milestone in our community history. 25 champions throughout 25 years of work in the HIV/AIDS movement has allowed us grow ourselves, our engagement and our programming. Here they are in no particular order:

Anthony Mohamed

Amita Handa

Zavare Tengra

Umbreen Inayet

Haran Vijayanathan

Karima Khamali

Rahim Thawer

Nadia Junaid

Krishan Mehta

Richard Coutinho

Shivalee Paliwal

Vijay Saravanamuthu

Narina Nagra

Devan Nambiar

Annie Giga

Siva Gunaratnam

Ratna Choudary


Rounak Khan

Anita Balakrishna

Waseem Shek

Derek Yee

Raj Maharaj

Nelson Carvahlo

Congratulations to all of our 25 champions, you’ve paved the way for us all to do this important work!

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