Krista is an associate lawyer with a practice focused on Canadian immigration law. As a law student, Krista served as a Student Caseworker in the Immigration Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services and as a Research Assistant specializing in immigration and refugee law. Prior to attending law school at Osgoode Hall, Krista obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (in Dance) and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from York University. Her academic career led her to work with notable choreographers and to perform on many different stages and at the same time, gave her the opportunity to become involved in various social justice initiatives. Krista has experience in fundraising for large-scale projects and community events. One of her most significant projects to date, “Art for Hope”, included developing and implementing creative arts programming at a community centre in South America.
Michael Denyszyn has been a member of the EHCW Board of Directors since August 2016, and the Board’s Vice-Chair since August 2017. Michael received his Hon. B.A. (with High Distinction) from the University of Toronto in 1998 and his J.D. from New York University in 2001. After acting as a lawyer in private practice in New York and Toronto, Michael has worked in the public sector since 2008 and now manages a team of lawyers. Michael lives in Toronto with his spouse and son and provides volunteer career counselling to undergraduate students and recent graduates.
Vinod Sharma brings over 15 years of management experience in accounting, finance, purchasing and operations in the private sector as well as 15 years in social housing. He has served on boards of different Non-Profit organizations for the past 7 years. He has received training in board governance, fundraising and financial management from the Maytree Foundation. He has spearheaded and coordinated new initiatives and the delivery of programs and services to diverse communities including low income seniors and youth.
Vinod holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.
Meezan’s expertise comes from the financial sector, moving into progressively responsible roles in her career journey. She brings an extensive background in sales, national office and operations. Her diverse career experiences and business acumen combined with her collaborative leadership style contributed to her past and current successes and will continue to be key enablers in future roles.
Meezan enjoys formulating strategies to meet business needs, identifying operational issues and seeking product enhancement opportunities to mitigate risks. Her key areas of expertise include transformation strategy, leadership and initiating new projects.
Meezan is deeply committed to community services and brings her entrepreneurial skills in helping people to understand the financial aspects of businesses. Meezan is an entrepreneur, creating new and unique products for people who enjoy pets.
Deanna was born and raised in Toronto.
She studied at Madonna High School before attending York University where she obtained her undergraduate degrees. She also earned her law degree (1992) and her Masters in Law (2013) from Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto.
Deanna uses her legal skills not only in her career as Vice President and General Counsel at a successful Canadian corporation but she is an active volunteer with Law Help Ontario where she provides free legal
services at Toronto Courts.
In addition to being a devoted wife to Lou, proud mother of Greg and Irma, and a practicing lawyer, she is an active community member, and gives her time to various not for profit organizations.
Raushan Bhuiyan is a policy analyst, urban geographer and social science researcher. She has interfaced with social policy development for 10 years in the corporate sector. For a concurrent 12 years, she navigated policy communities in higher education institutions, not-for-profit foundations, and grassroots organizations through her volunteer commitments. She advised Employment and Social Development Canada, Status of Women Canada and the Official Minorities and Languages Commission. She is currently in the policy development stream at the Government of Ontario.
Her professional experiences are informed by her advocacy efforts for multi-barriered populations, namely, homeless populations and low-income populations. She wants to fix disparities in a social support system system that benefitted her family when she was young, but whose complexity has, at times, failed those who need it most now. Her latest policy interests examine the interactions between housing affordability, poverty, public infrastructure development, health equity and behavioural conomics.
Raushan is also a non-fiction writer and uses prose to explore the intersections of cultural identity, civil rights, and placemaking. She has received nationally-recognized honors such as the 2013 Joseph Bombardier SSHRC Award and the 2008 Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour. Raushan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from York University and is currently wrapping up her Masters of Arts in Geography at York University while pursuing her public administration certificate at Humber College.
Raushan’s next goal is to create a network of public sector and academic professionals dedicated to exploring the ways that poverty informs social and macroeconomic policy development in Canada.
Chand’s keen entrepreneurial sense, business experiences in accounting and seasoned fundraising expertise addresses a few of the competencies sought in the talent mix for this round of director recruitment. Chand combines his passion for raising awareness about the issues experienced by the Centre’s target populations with his business sense and ability to form partnerships with a variety of organizations. Having led, chaired and supported several fundraising and community-building initiatives for the Gerrard India Bazaar community, Chand has an intimate sense of how fundraising can be a tool for reputation building and for developing institutional partnerships with esteemed organizations in the city of Toronto. Chand’s esteemed skills and experiences will raise the profile of any position at the Centre.
Alicia Mondesire is an institutional development consultant with over 20 years experience as an advisor on gender equality to organizations including the United Nations, the Government of Canada and the European Commission. She was formerly the Ontario Director for CUSO (Canadian University Overseas) and subsequently CUSO’s Eastern Caribbean Director. Among other appointments are Member of the International Planning Committee for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development; Council Member for the Inter-American Development Bank’s Women in Leadership program; and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Foundation for International Training. As a member of the board of ehcw, she chairs the Governance and Policy Committee. She holds a Master’s degree in International Management and has worked in more than 30 countries.
Tabitha Mirza is a G(irls)20 Young Director with 3+ years of experience in gender and development capacity building, administration for offices of political representatives, as well as conference planning and workshop facilitation.
As a spirited member of her community, Tabitha recognizes that the driving force of sustainable development is brought to life by empathy, diversity of perspective, and collaboration. Most recently, she joined the board as a Girls on Boards Young Director with the commitment to serving her community by making a strategic contribution to the EHCW.
Her professional development journey has taken her to new heights. Tabitha served as a Research Lead in Tanzania, where she worked on a joint study with the World University Service of Canada – Tanzania and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Rebecca Tiessen. Tabitha aided her team in the planning of Canada’s largest student-run International Development Week in 2018. Elected by her student body, she was the Development Students Association’s inaugural Vice President Equity and Activism. She also represented Sweden on the UNESCO Committee at Model United Nations in New York.
Tabitha holds a B. Soc. Sci. degree in Honours International Development & Globalization from the University of Ottawa. She is a passionate volunteer and community builder. Tabitha looks forward to learn more about social entrepreneurship as a way to improve livelihood outcomes for women and youth.
Elena is a seasoned TD Bank executive, having held numerous Financial Services roles with a focus on innovation and transformation to create enhanced and seamless customer and colleague experiences. Elena is passionate about creating strong and resilient communities through her volunteer focus in United Way; TD’s Indigenous committee; LGBTQ2+; and Women in Leadership committees. After immigrating to Canada, Elena settled in Toronto where she lives with her husband and 2 children.
Khamy Ganeshathasan is a Lawyer and Mediator. Khamy cares deeply about helping people find meaningful resolution to their challenges. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration; she is an alumnus of Osgoode Hall Law school and has a Master’s in Law with specialization in Alternate Dispute Resolution. She volunteers in many organizations including Pro Bono Ontario, the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education at York University, Warden Woods Community Centre. She is a partner at RV Law LLP.
Christina is a community advocate and public policy professional deeply committed to creating more just and inclusive communities. She is passionate about empowering people experiencing poverty and systemic marginalization. Her strength is in advocacy for the equity-seeking groups. She has supported communities such as Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood to design and implement inclusive forms of grassroots governance that ensure equitable representation and shared decision-making.