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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BALDEV MUTTA (Chair)

Baldev Mutta has been in the field of social work for the last 30+ years. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS). He is often sought out as a motivational and educational speaker and has presented papers at many National and International conferences.
He has worked for the last 20 years developing an integrated holistic model to address substance abuse, mental health and family violence in the Punjabi community. The integrated holistic model is based on three premises:

  • The client is in control of the treatment
  • The professional adjusts his/her clinical and community development approach to meet the client’s needs
  • The illness and wellness is understood from client’s cultural perspective

He has used asset based community development approach to develop parenting programs in the Punjabi community. These parenting programs are run in partnership with the religious institutions and school boards.
He has received many community awards for his work on equity, community development, diversity management, and organizational change.  He has his own television show, Community ConneXion, which is aired every Saturday (2:30 PM) at channel 851 Roger Cable (this is a specialty channel) in Toronto Canada..

FARZEEN RIZVI (Treasurer)

Farzeen Rizvi is a Professional Engineer who has worked in the Energy sector for over 6 years now. She immigrated to Canada in 1997, completed her CEGEP from Montreal and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although her educational background is technical, her interests range from art, travelling to social work.

Being a young south Asian immigrant, who was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudia Arabia, Farzeen has lived through cultural confinement and diversity. Her experience as a young immigrant in Canada has heightened her awareness on cultural issues. Her skills have allowed her to excel in a male dominated profession, and her struggles have fuelled her drive for change. She has helped with campaigns for the United Way, and has done volunteer work for Victim Services of Peel.
Farzeen hopes to apply some of her personal learning’s and experiences to help enhance the lives of other young South Asian women. 

ALA HUSSAIN (Secretary)

Ala Hussain is currently a student, studying to become a Civil Engineer at the University of Toronto. Being interested in the sustainability of infrastructures, she is specializing in Building Science. Some of her interests include painting, traveling, and volunteering.

Having immigrated in 1997, Ala has been exposed to the existing cultural diversity of the Greater Toronto Area since an early age. She has recognized the issues that exist in various cultures, specifically the social and economical issues in the South Asian community. She has volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and has participated in the ‘Relay for Life’ for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Ala hopes to help improve the youth of the South Asian Community using her knowledge and skills.


RANI SRIVASTAVA

Rani Srivastava is a nursing professional with interest and expertise in integrating issues of equity, diversity, and access into day today practice, at the individual as well as organizational level. She is the author of a textbook on cultural competence entitled The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence. She also chaired a national panel on development of best practice guidelines for Embracing Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence.
Presently she is the Chief, Nursing Practice at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She also holds academic appointments at Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and School of Nursing at York University in Toronto. Rani received a Bachelor of Nursing from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto. She has recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto and her dissertation is titled: Influence of organizational factors on clinical cultural competence.

ATIKA AHMED

Born in Pakistan and having spent most of her  childhood in Saudi Arabia, Atika arrived in Canada at the age of 15. After completing high school in Mississauga she got her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Since graduating she has been working in Fund Administration while pursuing her CFA charter. She is proudly dedicated to Aurat Health Services and looks towards ways to assist South Asian women make a positive contribution to the country she now calls home.