Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development

Asha grew up in Ottawa, attending the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa since the age of 5, and was very active in youth leadership at the local, regional, national and continental level.  She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies at 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-oppression, and environmental justice, in and out of UU contexts.

From 2011 to 2013 Asha was the CanUUdle Coordinator for the CUC, helping to organize the annual youth conferences in Ottawa and Calgary. Since 2016, she has been in the Youth and Young Adult Ministry position full time and has worked with congregations across Canada. Her favourite parts of the job are consulting with congregations, supporting young leaders and youth advisors, and getting to have big conversations about the future of our faith with people of all ages.

After traveling and farming for several years, Asha now lives with her partner Joseph in Kitchener, Ontario and calls Grand River Unitarian her home congregation. She loves cooking, growing food, amateur geology and “talking shop” about how to make Unitarian Universalism the welcoming, justice-centred, multigenerational faith it can be.

Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/ashaphilar.cuc
Instagram: instagram.com/yayasofcanada
Youth and Young Adult Ministry page: https://www.facebook.com/CUCyayaministry/

Book a meeting with Asha: www.calendly.com/asha-cuc/