Jaslin Kaur Ahuja and her husband moved to Calgary from India in 2010. After a year and a half in Edmonton, they returned to Calgary with their youngest child. Jaslin holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Health and Hospital Administration and has worked in the healthcare field.

Upon her arrival in Canada, Jaslin learned about CIWA and received settlement support. However, she became busy with her family, which includes two children who are now 9 and 11 years old. In early 2022, Jaslin reconnected with CIWA and began volunteering.

Having experienced the challenges of newcomers herself, Jaslin wanted to support other immigrant women. She volunteered with the Social Recovery and Wellbeing for Immigrant Women by providing group support. Currently, she is a facilitator with the New Friends and Neighborhood Groups Program. She plans and leads engaging activities with a diverse group of immigrant women, and also volunteers as a special event assistant with the Volunteer Program.

Jaslin is a conscientious and committed group facilitator who always puts the needs of her participants first. She goes above and beyond to ensure that participants have access to the information, resources, and supports they need to thrive and meet their goals in Canada. She is also a strong team player and is appreciated by her co-facilitators, library staff members, and CIWA.

Jaslin is grateful for the supportive experiences provided by CIWA, where she feels appreciated and able to make a difference in the lives of others. She consistently refers new people to CIWA and other supportive services, and her gratitude is reflected in the meaningful and intentional supports she provides for clients.

Through her volunteer work, she’s been able to adopt mindfulness practices into her everyday life where she notices more in her environment and takes time to pay attention to the small things. Through New Friends and Neighborhood Groups she has learned a great deal through listening to the personal stories of the participants and is continuously learning in a diverse atmosphere that promotes growth for clients and volunteers alike.

Jaslin loves nature and it’s one of the reasons why she fell in love with Calgary. She enjoys being outside and active with her family, hiking and camping in the mountains during the summer. She also enjoys painting and maintaining a daily yoga practice.

Jaslin’s commitment to helping others and her positive attitude make her a valuable asset to CIWA and the community. To learn more about volunteering at CIWA, visit https://ciwa-online.com/newcomer-services/settlement/volunteer-program/.