A model for one-on-one support for immigrant and refugee families: The ASPIRE program

Presenter: Jugnoo Salahuddin, MSW, RSW, social worker, Muslim Food Bank and Community Resources
Date: Wed. Sept. 20th, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM EST



Having started out as a family-run food drive in 2010, the Vancouver-based Muslim Food Bank and Community Resources has evolved over the years to offer extensive services under its ASPIRE (Actualizing Self Reliance by Providing Inspiration, Resources & Education) program.

Through its model of community members becoming involved as volunteer case workers, the ASPIRE program offers a unique model of promoting wellness and emotional support to refugee families through the strength of human connections. In this webinar, social worker, Jugnoo Salahuddin, will discuss some of the features and successes of the ASPIRE program.

Presenter biography

Jugnoo Salahuddin, MSW, RSW, is a registered social worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) and member of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW). Jugnoo started her career as a member of the teaching faculty at the Department of Social Work, University of Karachi, Pakistan. She also conducted a province-wide study in Pakistan for Help Age International in 2013, to explore the effectiveness of microcredit loans in flood-affected areas for older adults. As a teacher and social activist she has always been focused on connecting people with themselves and to each other.

In 2014, Jugnoo moved to British Columbia and acquired her license as a social worker. In Canada, her journey started as a volunteer with various non-profit organizations before joining the ASPIRE team at Muslim Food Bank and Community Services. In her role, she encourages self-reliance through empowering immigrant and refugee clients through empathetic communication, emotional support and a strength-based approach. Currently, she is actively involved in training volunteer case workers in establishing meaningful relationships with refugee and immigrant clients, which is the soul of the ASPIRE program. Jugnoo is also a compassionate trained hospice volunteer and one of the pioneer members of Threshold Bedside Choir in the Surrey, B.C.