• PAKISTANI STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION (PSA UO)

    UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, CANADA

  • What is PSA?

    Pakistan Zindabad - پاکستان زِنده باد‎

    PSA UO - Mission

    To help students gain a higher perspective and knowledge on the culture of Pakistan by interacting through student-run events based at the University of Ottawa.

    - To propagate and promote Pakistani culture and heritage among Pakistani-Canadians
    - To carry on social and cultural activities.
    - To provide an opportunity for its members to learn and nurture the Pakistani language.
    - To provide a means for interaction among various generations of Pakistani-Canadians and individuals of non-Pakistani descent in the uOttawa community interested in Pakistani culture.
    - PSA would not enforce religious beliefs on any members in anyway.
    - PSA at uOttawa will operate in compliance with all relevant uOttawa policies.

    Mandate:

    PSA is a group at the University of Ottawa whose mandate is to promote social and cultural events in order to allow members to embrace the Pakistani tradition. The events we organize are mainly for the sheer enjoyment of the group members and include but are not limited to activities, formals, or social gatherings. The events we organize benefit the SFUO and the University of Ottawa by building a bridge between other SFUO clubs & associations by helping students interact with others and help gain a better knowledge on what the campus has to offer.

  • Your Executives

    2019-2020 PSA uOttawa Executive Team

    Ashar A. Qureshi

    Co-President

    Ashar Qureshi is in his final year of B.A.Sc Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, he moved to Canada in 2015 to pursue higher education. He believes in promoting the values and culture of Pakistan within the Canadian community by helping organize events, and for him, diversity is paramount to success. He strives and envisions for a better future for Pakistan and its’ people.

    Anusheh Tanveer

    Co-President

    Anusheh Tanveer is pursuing her Bachelors of Commerce degree in International Management. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan but grew up in Saudi Arabia. Anusheh hopes to promote free education and help improve the standard of living in Pakistan's poverty-stricken areas. She wants to promote the beautiful sceneries of Pakistan and its abundant culture. She believes that the PSA has the power to use its platforms to present a positive image of Pakistan and provide an outlet for students to feel close to home. Her main goal in the PSA is to help host events that instigate patriotic feelings for Pakistan and display its culture and traditions, in order to defeat the negative stereotypes.

    Waqas Shah

    VP Finance

    Waqas Shah is a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student at University of Ottawa. He is originally from Islamabad, Pakistan and moved to Ottawa, Canada for his bachelor’s degree. He seeks to provide a forum at University of Ottawa for Pakistan-origin students to discuss sociopolitical issues related to the Pakistani Community and provide them with the support they need to be successful at University of Ottawa.

    Mahrona Khan

    VP Marketing

    Mahrona Khan is a 2nd-year student who is pursuing her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences. Born in Abbottabad Pakistan, she has lived in Ottawa for most of her life. Mahrona wishes to show people the nature of Pakistan; its kindhearted people and vibrant culture. She hopes that not only Pakistani people but people from around the world can come together and make PSA an extraordinary club.

    Hamza Malik

    VP Operations

    Hamza Malik is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student in the Business Management stream. He was born in Karachi and raised there and the UK, moving to Canada in 2016 for university. He hopes to help Pakistanis feel at home in Ottawa and to educate non-Pakistanis about the culture of the country he loves so much.

    Heba Kamal

    VP Logistics

    Heba Kamal is a 3rd-year student studying Biomedical sciences. Although she was born and raised in Canada, she is very passionate about promoting/educating others on the cultural aspects of the country while showcasing the beauty that is Pakistan. She knows that this club can create an environment where students feel comfortable, happy, and share any ideas they have. If she could describe the club in one sentence it would be "mein jab se iss club mein aye hu Kamal he ho gaya hai" 

    Sauban Abdus Samad

    General Secretary

    Sauban is in 2nd year of his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Born in Karachi; raised Dubai. He moved to Canada in 2016 to finish the remaining years of high school and then pursue higher education. Even through his years in school in Dubai and Canada, Sauban has always found ways to represent the Pakistani culture within the community he is immensely proud of. His ultimate goal is to demolish some stereotypes that people, unfortunately, have about the beautiful country that is Pakistan. When he is not in Ottawa, you will probably find him on Gerard Street in Toronto with a plate of Gol Gappay in one hand and Kashmiri chai in the other.

    Fatima Nadeem Butt

    Events Coordinator

    Fatima Nadeem Butt is a second-year student studying in Visual Arts. Born in Lahore, she moved to Canada when she was 4. The love for her country had her travelling back and forth, especially for her granny’s scrumptious biryani. She is determined to put forth a positive image of Pakistan and bring homey vibes to the students with her ingenuity and experiences from the past events organized in Pakistan.

    Hammad Ghazali

    Events Coordinator

    Hammad is a third-year student studying Finance. Raised in Kuwait, He always felt close to Pakistan due to a huge Pakistani diaspora in Kuwait. Hammad is passionate about cricket and represented the Kuwait national team at the under-19 level, he plays a key role in promoting and playing cricket at uOttawa. Hammad is an advocate for promoting the positive image of Pakistan by organizing events that highlight the Pakistani culture, music, cuisine and cricket.

    Ayesha Qadri

    Social Media Coordinator

    Ayesha Qadri is in her second year of undergraduate studies in Health Sciences. Born and raised in Karachi, she moved to Canada in 2015. She is very passionate about her Pakistani culture and promoting its values and beauty through social events that invite people of all ethnicities and cultures to learn more about it. Her main goal as a PSA executive is to foster a celebratory environment towards Pakistani culture.

    Ayesha Khan

    Marketing Coordinator

    Ayesha Khan is in her 2nd year of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She has always been passionate and proud of her culture, and is looking forward to being a part of social events that welcome people of all ethnicities to learn more about Pakistan! Her main goal as a PSA executive is to give Pakistani students a sense of identity on campus and correct commonly held misconceptions about Pakistani culture.

    Mesum Jafri

    Sponsorship Coordinator

    Mesum Jafri is a 1st-year student studying International Relations and Arabic in French Immersion. Born in Karachi, he moved to and grew up in Belleville, ON-three hours west of Ottawa. Believing that food is the gateway to the soul, Mesum is hopeful that with good biryani and exposure, he and the PSA will be able to dispel negative preconceived notions that students may have. Mesum wants to show UOttawa what it means to be Pakistani!

    Moatter Syed

    Community Engagement Coordinator

    Moatter Syed, also known as, “Motor” on campus, is a second-year student doing her undergraduate studies in Biopharmaceutical Sciences; following the typical desi parent’s dream and becoming a doctor! Despite being born and raised in Ottawa, she has always had a strong admiration for Pakistan and its rich culture. Being further away from Pakistan has drawn her even closer to it. As a member of PSA, she hopes to show others too, how truly beautiful this country is and how much more it has to offer. She looks forward to organizing events that not only stay true to the Pakistani culture but also welcome people of other ethnicities too. As someone who hopes for an even brighter and beautiful Pakistan, she also hopes to diminish common misconceptions and show people “kai kitna khoobsurat hai hamara Pakistan”!

    Sheryar Ali

    Public Relations Officer

    Sheryar Ali is a second year mechanical engineering student.

    Hamas Qureshi

    Web Developer

    Hamas Qureshi is doing his undergraduate studies in Software Engineering and is currently in his first year. Born and raised in Karachi, he moved to Canada three years ago to pursue higher education. He believes in promoting the values and culture of Pakistan within the Canadian Community by various. He is currently working on a website project for PSA uOttawa.

    Usama Akhter

    Club Supervisor/ Ex-Officio

    Usama Akhter is doing his undergraduate studies in Bio-medical Mechanical Engineering and currently is in the fourth year of his program. He was born in Karachi but raised and lived most of his life in Toronto. He is a staunch supporter of diversity and believes PSA can play a strong role in promoting that on campus. He strives and envisions for a better future for Pakistan and it's people. Along with creating an accessible & comfortable platform for Pakistanis at the University of Ottawa, he holds a strong desire to spread awareness and to educate other students about the cultural heritage and socio-political landscape of Pakistan. He also hopes to erase any misconceptions people may have about Pakistan and therefore along with the team, work conscientiously to portray Pakistan in a positive light.

    Music, Food, and Fast Cars! 

  • Membership

     

    The PSA is composed of students, alumni, and staff of the University of Ottawa.

     

    Any member of the University of Ottawa community (including students, staff, faculty, and alumni) has the right to become a member. The executive body has the right to grant membership to anyone who has an interest in the Pakistani language and culture and in maintaining social contact with the PSA.

     

    Membership in the PSA:

    1. Is acquired by registering with the PSA Executive body

    2. Expires annually after annual elections

    To apply, please download and fill out the form below, and send it to our email at psa.ottawau@gmail.com or fill out the SurveyMonkey for general membership.   

     

  • Executive Team Application Form

    Please submit this application form to psa.ottawau@gmail.com

  • General Body Registration  

    Use the QR code or click 'Register' to be redirected to our general body registration page

  • Events

    Events for the school year 2019-2020!

    Upcoming Events:

    Ottawa's International Week!!


    ► Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
    ► Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 ◄
    ► Event Timings: 1pm-4pm ◄
    ► Venue ◄

    Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU)
    85 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

     

    Ottawa's Official South Asian Formal!!

     

    WE HAVE TEAMED UP ONCE AGAIN FOR OTTAWA'S STUDENTS ONLY EVENT. HOSTED BY UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, CARLETON UNIVERSITY AND ALGONQUIN COLLEGE STUDENTS!!!

    ☆☆☆ PSA UO | ISF | PSA CU | SACS | CUBSA | ISS | CMC | Urban Desi Events & Ent. ☆☆☆

    PRESENTS

    ☆ OTTAWA’S OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN FORMAL '20 ☆

    ► Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
    ► Saturday March 21ST, 2020 ◄
    ► Doors open at 6:00 PM ◄

    ► Venue ◄
    St. Anthony's Banquet
    523 St Anthony Street, Ottawa, ON
    Parking is Avaliable at Banquet Hall, Street Parking, Adult High School Staff Parking & Home Hardware Parking Lot

    ► Tickets ◄
    Early Birds: $50
    Regular: $60
    (Coat Check Meet & Greet Included)


    Debit/Credit/Visa/Cash/e-transfers

    •Coat Check Included in Ticket Prices •

    ► Dress Code ◄
    - Formal
    - Traditional/Western
    - Dress to Impress
    - No Jeans or Casual Wear

    ☆MUSIC BY☆

    Official DJs
    ✦✦✦ TBA ✦✦✦

    | Bollywood | Bhangra | Hip-Hop | Urban Desi | Dancehall & MUCH MORE

    DANCE PERFORMANCES BY

    TBA 💃🕺💃
    TBA 🕺💃🕺

    ☆☆ MAIN PERFORMANCE ☆☆

    TBA

    ►Buffet Dinner ◄

    TBA

    ► Bar ◄
    - $5 x Alcoholic Drink
    - $1 x Pop


    ►Photography◄
    TBA

    ►ALL AGES EVENT with 19+ Licensed Bar ◄
    - Government ID Required
    - Student ID Required
    - R.O.A.R in Effect (Right of Admission Reserved)
    - Blacklist in Effect

    ► Tickets & Contact Information ◄

    Tickets will not be sold online. Stay tuned for ticket details!

    • University of Ottawa •
    Pakistani Students' Association uOttawa: 613-263-8510/514-652-3970
    Indian Students' Federation - University of Ottawa: 613-252-5434
    South Asian Culture Society - uOttawa:
    873-353-0064

    • Carleton University •l
    Carleton University Bangladesh Students' Association: 613-408-1067
    Carleton Multicultural Club: 613-889-7796

    •Algonquin College•
    Indian Students Society: 343-543-4999

    •UrbanDesi Events & Entertainment•


    Powered & Brought to you by:
    ► PSA - Pakistani Students' Association uOttawa
    ► Urban Desi Events & Entertainment
    ► Indian Students' Federation - Univ. of Ottawa
    ► South Asian Culture Society - uOttawa
    ► Carleton Multicultural Club
    ► Carleton University Bangladesh Students' Association
    ► Indian Students Society Algonquin College


    Proud Sponsors:

    For sponsorship and details please contact:

    Pakistani Students' Association uOttawa: 613-263-8510/514-652-3970
    Indian Students' Federation - University of Ottawa: 613-252-5434

    Ottawa's Official South Asian Semi-Formal!!


    ► Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
    ► Friday, October 25, 2019 ◄
    ► Doors open at 7:00 PM ◄
    ► Venue ◄
    Ukranian Banquet Hall

    1000 Byron Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 0J3

     

    ► Tickets ◄
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/diwali-fiesta-ft-pav-dharia-tickets-70638649101?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0k0AwpbC98tM3ffYGT3mLdV6K3ZXXotuJ5dc2dEQWJy57sH3Bru0qb0lc

     

    ► Dress Code ◄
    - Formal
    - Traditional/Western

    Past Events:

    Aatish Meet & Greet BBQ

    October 19th 2018

    Britannia Park 5:00pm

    https://www.facebook.com/psa.uottawa

     

    Ramadan Iftar Dinner

    In observance of Ramadan, PSA would like to invite all students to join us for free Iftaar on Friday June 8th at 8pm. Iftar is the meal eaten at sunset after the day of fasting during the month of Ramadan.

    Fasting means to abstain from all kinds of food or drink. You can try fasting for the day or you can simply come for dinner and enjoy a night of food and friends! This is open to anyone who wants to come, so feel free to bring friends. The event will be held at the University of Ottawa MRT 218

    Questions? please don't hesitate to contact any PSA executives. See you all on 8th June!

     

     

    OTTAWA’S OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN FORMAL

    PSA UO | PSA CU

    PRESENT
    ☆ OTTAWA’S OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN FORMAL ☆
    ☆☆☆ FT. FATEH DOE ☆☆☆

    ► Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
    ► Saturday, March 10, 2018 ◄
    ► Doors open at 6:00 PM ◄
    ► Venue ◄
    St. Anthony's Banquet
    523 St Anthony Street, Ottawa, ON
    ► Tickets ◄
    Early Birds: $45 (SOLD OUT)
    Regular: $50
    VIP: $60 (***Limited*** ; Includes Meet & Greet with Artists)
    ► Dress Code ◄
    - Formal
    - Traditional/Western

    ► Tickets & Contact Information ◄
    • University of Ottawa •
    PSA uOttawa:
    819-328-8151
    819-593-6370
    Powered & Brought to you by:
    ► PSA - Pakistani Students' Association Carleton ◄
    ► Carleton Indian Students Association (CISA) ◄
    ► PSA uOttawa ◄
    ► Indian Students' Federation - University of Ottawa ◄

    Bollywood Beat - Eve Lounge

    Presented by: ISF, PSA UO, BOTN

    Friday Oct 7th 2016 - Come out and socialize with your typical desi crowd and dance the night away.

    9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

    Early Bird Tickets: $10

    Door Tickets: $15

    For tickets contact: 819-328-8151

     

    Students Guidance and Mentoring Session

    Presented by: CPA, PSA UO, PSA CU

    Location: SITE A0150

    Saturday, October 8th 2016 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    With guidance from scholars of various field come join PSA and CPA for some networking and refreshments will be provided.

    AN EVENING WITH BUSHRA ANSARI

    PRESENTED to you by CPA & PSA

    Adult High School

    Nov 19th 2016 - 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

    Tickets starting from $20, $35, $50.

    For tickets contact: 613-265-1072 / (613) 263-0530

     

    https://www.facebook.com/events/212618225825592/

    PSA SHUGAL & GAME NIGHT!

    *** PSA Shugal & Game Night ***

    Are you tired of studying? Wanna just take a break and dont know how? Come to the PSA Shugal and Game Night!! Have a blast challenging the PSA execs with your gaming skills, whether its Ludo, Carom or a game of your own! This is a great chance to discover new games and people to play them with! Entrance is free, and pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. Bring your friends and join us in a fun and relaxed environment!

     

    November 10th 2016

    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Location: A04 CBY - Student Lounge, 161 Louis-Pasteur,

    University of Ottawa - Colonel By

    Atif Aslam LIVE in Ottawa -

    October 28th 2016 7:30pm

    PSA uOttawa is proudly collaborating with ABV Friends Entertainment for a magical and a memorable night to remember which will feature Pakistani bollywood sensation the one & only Atif Aslam along with Ottawa's very own Young Singh, Sagar G and Miztah Brown! Tickets go on sale Monday Oct 3rd and we will be selling tickets everyday at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, for more details feel free to message us on our page!

     

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1652147778431516/

     

    PSA uOttawa:
    819-328-8151
    613-265-1072

     

    PSA Carleton:
    613-400-2039

    Raat Jashan Di - SEMI FORMAL 2016 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH 2016

    ☆☆☆ PSA UO | ISF | UOSAB | CISA | PSA CU | CSLSA ☆☆☆
    ☆RAAT JASHAN DI☆

    THE OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN SEMI-FORMAL OF THE YEAR IS BACK AGAIN!

    PSA UO, CISA, ISF, PSA CU, UOSAB, CSLSA...present Raat Jashan Di! That's right, it's that time of the year again and we have teamed up to organize a night to remember! Here's a night you don't want to miss, so you better keep November 26th clear on your calendar!

     

    ► Semi-Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
    ►Saturday, November 26th, 2016◄
    ►Doors open at 6:30 PM ◄
    ► Ukrainian Banquet Hall ◄

     

    ► Tickets ◄
    - Early Birds: $25.00
    - Regular: $30.00

     

    ► Dress Code ◄
    - Semi-Formal
    - Traditional/Western

     

    University of Ottawa
    PSA uOttawa: 613 263-0530/613-265-1072

    GeeGee's Vs. Ravens Cricket Clash!

    Oct 9th 2016

    Location: Lynda Lane Park 12:00 - 4:00

    Practice your swing and lace your shoes, the uOttawa vs. CarletonU Cricket Clash is happening this Sunday, October 9th!

    Come by to show us how deep cricket runs in your blood!

    The match is a T20 hardball game and food and beverages will be provided!

    Spectators are welcome to come enjoy the food and live cricket entertainment whilst cheering for your favourite side!

    For more information, please visit the event page on facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/191887537902943/

    Bond with your fellow Pakistanis by joining us for our upcoming activities! Add us on snapchat (psauottawa) and view our story at each event!

    Spring/Summer Semester 2016:

    PSA Annual Iftar - Sunday June 12th 2016 (collab w/ PSA CU)

    LMX 342, 339 uOttawa

    PSA Annual Iftar 2.0 - July 3rd 2016 (collab w/ PSA CU)

    uOttawa Campus Couch Lounge

    SummerBash Mango Festival 16' - Saturday July 30th 2016 (collab w/ PSA CU/ ISF UO)

    Lynda Lane Park

    Friday, Sept., 9th, 2016 - Chand Raat Eid Bazaar (Hellenic Banquet Hall, 5pm - 12 am)

    - https://www.facebook.com/events/603199493181747/

     

    Thursday Sept, 8th, 2016 - 101Week Table, Outside UCU

     

    Sept 13th/14th Tuesday/Wednesday - Clubs Week Table, Inside UCU!

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