I have lived and worked in Surrey for over twenty years. I am an accomplished social worker. I have extensive experience in the health care, social service, non-profit, and volunteer sectors including project start-up and management. I have a proven track record in team building, fundraising, and program development.
I have strong leadership skills and have been recognized for providing leadership and a strong voice in human rights advocacy.
I have strengths in community development and engagement. I am active in community and cultural affairs and have developed solid relationships with service providers, participate in multiple committees, and I am passionate about equality and empowering marginalized and vulnerable populations.
I have an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. I have a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from UBC with a First Class Standing.
I have been employed as a Clinician and Social Worker with Fraser Health Authority, a Youth Counsellor with the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC, and a Case Manager with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Special Needs, Foster Care, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Furthermore, I am the Founder of a social, cultural, and support organization for South Asians and friends, and an affordable housing project for vulnerable seniors.
I was the former social affairs columnist with the Surrey Leader and author of the book “Catalyst” which was a Finalist in the Current Events and Social Change category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Last, I was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for social work and community service.