The Northside Changemakers Program was developed as a way to celebrate and empower changemakers on the Northside. We wanted to develop a program which would not only grow skills and connections from people on the Northside but also foster hope and the idea that people can be the change that they wish to see. There are already so many people on the Northside doing amazing things, we simply want to provide a forum to showcase them.
The program itself is aimed to fund and support a pilot community project or initiative, while also delivering project management skills alongside a team of other changemakers. As well as designing and implementing community projects, participants also receive certification in community action skills such as Mental Health First Aid, Naloxone Training and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
This blog series showcases each participant’s journey. The changemaker we would like to introduce this week is Amritpal Kaler.
Amritpal Kaler – Vegetarian Indian Cooking: Working with Community Cares Youth Outreach, Amritpal designed and delivered a vegetarian cooking class for the Pathways to Employment Program which runs daily there. In the workshop she showed them how to cook lentils, and mix spices. Together, they made vegetarian Dahl. At the end of the workshop, participants were given the recipe and enough ingredients to go home and make it again with their families. Amrit’s workshop was so successful that she was interviewed for CBC Information Morning (Halifax), the recording of that interview can be found here.