Webinar Outreach Wing Mission

” Empowering Women – Embracing Hope“

Our mission is to inspire, educate, motivate, and empower women through stimulating talks by renowned speakers. We aim to sensitise people to their own personal or their family’s mental health issues and try to reach the ‘silent majority of women’ who are aware of their problems but are unable to seek mental health help.

Webinar Outreach Wing About Us

My journey with TREWO started over 10 years ago when Dr.Sudi invited me to join his newly created organization as a volunteer.

We recognized the huge need to empower vulnerable women in our community and give them the confidence to lead their best lives. This was a subject close to my heart and I was honoured to become Chair of the Women’s Outreach Wing (WOW). Together with an executive committee of five members, we reached out to women’s shelters, community organizations, public health groups and other charities to join forces in expanding our outreach.

Our objective was to empower, motivate and inspire women through education. We did this by inviting powerful speakers to lead women on subjects of mental health, financial literacy, and many other relevant topics. Each year we hold a live event where 300 people come together to share ideas and gather resolve. Since Covid has put a stop to live events, we have pivoted to holding webinars online, continuing to provide the same service, inspiration, and motivation to our audience.

It has been a rewarding and fulfilling journey this far, but we feel that our work has just begun and we have many more miles to go!

Founding Member & Chairperson,

Smita Chandra

Celebrate Life's Milestones Memorably

Give a charitable donation to WOW in lieu of a gift to a loved one and we will mark the occasion by sending an online card in your name to the recipient of your choice. We’re sure they’ll appreciate you and your meaningful gift even more!

Empowering Women, Embracing Hope!

Inspire, Educate, Motivate and Empower

Reflections of our Chair Smita Chandra

As we wrap up 2021 -2022 year where we were unable to meet in person or hold live events, we look back with a sense of achievement on the webinars we held online to educate, empower and motivate our audience.

A wise man once said “If a person hears, they’ll forget. If a person writes, they’ll remember. But if a person does, they’ll understand.”

This was our speaker Miguel Martinez’s guiding motto too as he led a wonderful, interactive webinar for us yesterday, complete with music, dancing and other awareness exercises to keep us on our toes mentally and literally!

We’re very grateful to those of you who took the time to attend our webinars and support our endeavours . We thank you as always.

Our president and mentor Dr. Sudi Devanesen gave the example of Ubuntu in his welcome address yesterday that really resonated with all of us.

Ubuntu is a South African philosophy that embodies compassion, caring and humanity towards others.

It is the spirit of togetherness, of generosity, of sharing and especially of belonging as part of a larger whole.

There are no wiser words than these as we struggle to assimilate the events unfolding in our world and each of us try to make it better in our own unique ways.

We are taking a break but will be back in the Fall with more exciting webinars and perhaps even a live event !

On behalf of the WOW team,I thank you all for your support, encouragement and kind words.

Thanks . If you need any clarification please call me.
– Smita Chandra



Exploring the Spectrum of HEART DISEASE

” I enjoyed your cooking demo, particularly the non use of oil for this recipe.

We been brainwashed by the ‘fat lie’ and these viewers were looking for this highly processed oil! I think a session on natural foods would help unlearn habits.

Continue your good work in keeping us updated on health.

– Teresa DeMello



” Tony and I watched this together and found it very good.

We are glad to be on the mailing list!

Only problem, now my brain hurts from so much information!! (that is only being funny…)



– Karen Colenbrander






” We absolutely loved Dr. Clive’s presentation last night. We learned so much about the importance of taking care of our every day health in order to stave off dementia.

“It was very nice listening to Dr. Barbara Clive, an eminent doctor caring for seniors health and sharing her vast knowledge on dementia. I learnt many things on dementia, stages of dementia, control of dementia and how to prevent it early in life with brilliant presentation.



“Dr. K’s story of change in her change of country is so close to home. ………..Now I know. Also, how my transition into assimilation was through Gratitude .
“I certainly enjoyed Dr. Kumar’s talk on Coping with Change.   Sharing her own challenges with change was enlightening and I loved her analogy with the seasons. 
……….. her advice that a grateful heart keeps one positive I will treasure.

COVID Isn't Over Yet!

“The webinar was informative, educational and gave us (the participants) insight into the biology behind what covid is and how a virus behaves, ultimately helping us further understand the importance of covid safety measures and precautions. It was great to hear about this from someone so well versed and knowledgeable as Dr. Peter Lin!
– Widaad Aamir, Crisis Counsellor, Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services
“The presentation was great and the moderator was SUPERB! Dr. Lin really had a great way of making some of these complex scientific and medical concepts easy to understand. I know how hard you and the rest of the Executive Committee worked to put this together tonight. It was very, very well done!
– Edward C. Ferriter, Captain, US Navy (Retired)

Families in Crisis - Creative Solutions For Dealing With Pandemic Anxiety

“I enjoyed last night’s webinar very much. I knew that I would be talking to Sudi and Asha later and they would ask if I participated fully.
And yes I did!  In fact, I was doing the machete all over my family room. And to my surprise I was one of the evening’s winners!!  So thank you all so much for that. And a very big thank you to all who put together this excellent presentation.  PS my 80 plus year old mother told me this morning that she was up dancing too.”
– Karen Neeson

Pandemic In Perspective - Updates & Insights

“Thank you for your kind words…you made me feel warm on a very cold day.
I am but a flash in the dark.  The work that you, Smita, and the whole organization are doing – that is an eternal flame.
Thank you for all the hard work to organize such a great webinar.  Thank you for inviting me and for the future celebration with Smitas’s wonderful cooking.”
– Peter J. Lin MD CCFP

Alone But Not Lonely

“I have been invited to collaborate with WOW and The Ripple Effect on two occasions now as a Speaker, and I can honestly say I have witnessed up close and personally the passion this organization has for elevating people, and lifting society in general. Smita, Asha and the rest of the leadership team are a delight to work with, and dedicated to their mission of bringing relevant information, education, and inspiration to their audiences. I am glad to be a part of each other’s community and am looking forward to more.”
– Dr. Natasha Sharma, Psy.D

Say No To Being Hacked!

“This webinar demonstrated cause, effect and prevention examples for common digital communication-based risks.

From a management perspective, the event was well-organized and produced, including a rehearsal. Organizers Dr. Sudi Devanesen, his wife Dr. Asha Devanesen, committee members Smita Chandra, Tina Walia and Sridhar Rao were a pleasure to work with. I would recommend other speakers work with the The Ripple Effect Wellness Organization if asked.”

– Steve Chapelle


Community Partners

Why Support Us ?

Solely supported by our sponsors and partners, we host a symposium every year: an event that draws over 300 guests.

We would like to work in partnership with you and look forward to your commitment to that end.

Please see attached flyer and link to a short video presentation from our Women’s Empowerment event of 2018/2019:

 WOW Empowering Women event

Your donation is the biggest part of our budget helps us to create healthy communities through education – closing tangible gaps in delivery of information or invisible but equally critical gaps in understanding it.

Think of it as a ‘Ripple Effect’ – a drop of information that challenges the status quo and spreads in ever-widening circles to make a positive influence and generate significant results.

Women's Day Celebration


Empowering Women