Asha Philar

Asha PhilarYouth and Young Adult Ministry Development

Asha is very excited to be in this position, and to have the opportunity to foster youth and young adult programs across the country.

Asha grew up in Ottawa, attending the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa since the age of 5, and enjoying many Sunday school adventures along the way. During high school she was very active in her local youth group, and participated in regional, national and continental governance as a youth leader.

Asha gained a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, where she was involved in food justice, fair trade and environmental justice activism.

She has many years of experience teaching and facilitating workshops about leadership, organizational development, anti-racism and anti-oppression, and environmental justice, in and out of UU contexts. A former member of the UUA’s Groundwork Collective of Trainer-Organizers, she is passionate about bringing honest discussions about race and privilege to our UU social justice work. She is a member of the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Network, and looks forward to working with Canadian UUs on climate justice actions.

From 2011 to 2013 Asha was the CanUUdle Coordinator for the CUC, helping to organize the annual youth conferences in Ottawa and Calgary.

After traveling the world, and living in many parts of Ontario, Asha now lives in Guelph, Ontario and attends the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph. She loves cooking, growing food, amateur geology and strategizing about changing the world.