Call Out for CTYA Board of Directors

By admin - October 24th, 2014

Call Out for CTYA Board of Directors

Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA) is seeking dynamic individuals who are responsible, enthusiastic and creative to join our Board of Directors. We are seeking for candidates that can utilize their experience, skills, and passion to empower youth to provide new innovative ideas and enhance the delivery of our services.

CTYA will be holding elections for Board of Directors at our next Annual General Meeting that will be held on December 7th 2014.

The following positions are available for nomination:

Executive Committee:
President – 1 position
Vice President Communication – 1 position
Vice President Events – 1 position
Vice President External – 1 position
Vice President Finance – 1 position
Vice President Membership Development – 1 position

General Council:
Arts/Culture – 3 positions
Athletics – 3 positions
Education/Career Development – 3 positions
Human Rights Advocacy – 3 positions
Tamil Nation Development – 3 positions

General Council Values:

Basic Responsibilities:
• Regularly attends monthly board meetings and committee related meetings.
• Makes serious commitment to participate actively in developing the council and engaging membership.
• Volunteers to accept assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
• Stays informed about committee matters, prepare themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
• Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
• Actively participates in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.

Basic Qualifications
• Must be an individual member of CTYA.
• In depth understanding of CTYA’s mission and accomplishments.
• Able to plan, manage and execute CTYA’s mission and vision in collaboration with
Board members, general members and the community.
• A strong dedication to empower youth.
• Strong leadership and communication skills.
• Ability to commit a minimum 3-5 hours per week.
• Team building skills and previous experience in a group atmosphere is an asset.

Please contact us at for nomination packages. All nominations must be submitted through e-mail by Saturday November 22nd, 2014.

Phone: 647-470-2892


Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 – Soccer

By admin - August 26th, 2014

Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 - Soccer

It is that time of year again, when your favourite soccer teams come together to the most anticipated soccer tournament of the year, Tamileelam Challenge Cup! Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2013 will be hosted by the Athletic Council of Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance in partnership with Canadian Tamil Sports Association (CTSA). This year the tournament will be taking place on Saturday August 30th, 2014.

This tournament not only strives to develop leadership skills and good sportsmanship among our youth but gives our youth an opportunity to maintain our identity through sports. To encourage the Tamil identity, the awards for best players of the tournament will be given under the names of national symbols of Tamil Eelam; Vaahaibeing the national Tree; Siruththai being the national animal; and Chenbagam being the national bird.

Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 will be our sixth annual tournament making it an even more extraordinary event. The one day tournament will feature youth games from under 8 to under 14. It will also feature the always competitive Under 16 cup and the Open Men’s cup. If you are interested in playing in this year’s Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 please email us at

Don’t miss out on this year’s exciting, competitive games at the Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014!

Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 – Cricket Results

By admin - August 6th, 2014

Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 - Cricket Results

Tamileelam Challenge Cup 2014 – Cricket Results

Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance’s Athletic Committee (CTYA) successfully held its fifth annual Tamileelam Challenge Cup Cricket Tournament. This Challenge Cup Cricket Tournament took place Sunday August 3rd.

Awards for best players were presented; each one being representative of Tamil Eelam’s National symbols: Vaahai being the national Tree; Siruththai being the national animal; and Chenbagam being the national bird.

The Vaahai award was presented to the bowler of the series, Karthik from Black Cats. The Chenbagam award was presented to the batsman of the series, Vicky from Knights C.C. Finally the Siruthai was presented to Kutty from Black Cats for being the all rounder player of the series. The Tamileelam Challenge Cup Champions 2014 were Black Cats.

CTYA held its first Tamileelam Challenge Cup Soccer Tournament in early August 2009. It was a great success, and with the support of the Canadian Tamil community, CTYA has subsequently hosted several other sports tournaments. These events were aimed at encouraging Tamil youth in sports, including various other sports tournaments and women’s sports training.

The Athletics Council of CTYA seeks to provide Canadian Tamil youth with an avenue to develop their leadership skills through athletics and recreational programs. The aim of this council is to educate through athletics, promote outstanding sportsmanship and build team spirit.

Spice Garden: Jeerakam (Cumin)

By admin - July 5th, 2014

Spice Garden: Jeerakam (Cumin)

Written By: Kayalvizhi J.

Welcome to Spice Garden! Love Tamil food? Me too. I’ve always been attracted to the aromas, fragrance and textures of spices, the way the flavours just blend and intertwine and the way we serve our food and by the repertoire of herbs and spices we use for healing.

Last time we looked at the spice, milagu. Today we will be looking at jeerakam (cumin).

Quick Benefits:
- Heals skin rashes
- Beneficial to heart and digestive system
- Increase lactation for breastfeeding women
- Treats insomnia and induces sleep
- Heals mouth ulcers

Cumin seeds are used in Tamil foods whole or ground, and is a main ingredient in many curry dishes. Although small, these seeds pack intense flavor and have a peppery taste. The flavor and aroma of cumin seeds are best brought out when they are slightly roasted. They have a variety of benefits as listed above.

One way to enjoy the benefits of cumin is through cumin tea.

Cumin tea
Cumin tea aids in reducing body aches and acts as a natural sleep aid. This is especially useful for those who have trouble falling asleep. Since cumin also has antiseptic properties, it is effective in treating colds and fevers, and this tea can be taken during those times of sickness.

To make cumin tea, you need 2 teaspoons of coarsely pounded cumin and 1 cup of water. Boil the water, and add it to the cumin seeds and let this steep for 5minutes. Strain the liquid and drink it. (Yes, the taste isn’t the best, but this is beneficial!).

Is there a particular spice you want to learn more about? Leave a comment and I’ll try to include it in the coming weeks. Until next time, enjoy your tea! =)

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides general infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker.

Spice Garden: Milagu (Black Peppercorns)

By admin - June 10th, 2014

Spice Garden: Milagu (Black Peppercorns)

Written By: Kayalvizhi J.

Welcome to Spice Garden! Love Tamil food? Me too. I’ve always been attracted to the aromas, fragrance and textures of spices, the way the flavours just blend and intertwine and the way we serve our food and by the repertoire of herbs and spices we use for healing. Our cooking is not only tasty, but beneficial for the body. The levels of obesity and disease in all communities is increasing, but we can prevent this by adopting more of our ancient healing into our cooking. Your grandma and mom have a good knowledge of home remedies and recipes made with a variety of herbs and spices to promote healing and maintain good health. And we, the younger Tamil youth should also become knowledgeable about these things, and this blog is an attempt to impart some knowledge about Tamil spices, herbs and recipes.

While I may be biased saying Tamil cuisine is the tastiest in the world, the world has also noticed. Tamil cooking has been praised all around the world, and Tamil cooking influences can be seen in other cuisines, and in the English language. For example, the English word ‘Curry’ is derived from the Tamil word, Kari, ‘Mango’ from Maangai, ‘Conjee’ from Kanji, Ginger from Inchiver. Tamil Sangam literature and epigraphs chiseled in walls of ancient Tamil temples have also recorded information about the benefits and preparations of Tamil herbs and spices.

Today we will be looking at the spice, milagu also known as yavanappiriyam (black peppercorns).

Quick Benefits:

- Digestion
- Aroma
- Appetite Stimulant
- Cough and Cold Fighter
- Constipation Fighter

If you’ve had Tamil food, it is likely it would have had some black pepper corns in it. Peppercorns are added to many savoury dishes, especially to meat and chicken. Black pepper helps in digestion and its aromatic flavour helps flavour in meat and poulty dishes while helping masking ‘meaty’ smells (especially when mixed with garlic). Pepper is ground when used in dishes. Pepper is also used in home medicine to treat coughs, colds, fevers, asthma and constipation. A mixture of salt and pepper with caraway leaves used as a gargle can help fight cough.

In many cultures, you may have notices certain soups are eaten as appetizers before means to increase appetite. In Tamil cuisine, rasam acts as the appetite stimulant and includes black peppercorns. Rasam can be consumed at different periods in a meal; eating rasam before meals is to induce appetite, while eating it after is to promote digestion. It is the pepper in the rasam that contributes to both these benefits.

So next time you are making a meat dish, try to sprinkle some peppercorns into it.

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