SALCO’s staff is comprised of a dedicated group of activists, lawyers, community legal works, and support staff. They bring tremendous experience from many parts of the South Asian Diaspora and are passionate advocates for the issues that face our low-income South Asian constituency.
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Shalini Konanur is the Executive Director and a lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). As a student at Osgoode Hall Law School Shalini worked at both Parkdale Community Legal Services and C.L.A.S.P. in the worker’s rights division. Shalini has been actively involved in several areas of poverty law reform, including lobbying at the municipal, provincial, and federal level for social assistance, housing, immigration, employment, and family violence reform. Shalini has also spearheaded SALCO`s test case work, challenging issues of racial, gender, and religious discrimination at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the and the Federal Court. Shalini’s work focuses on the promotion of access to justice for racialized communities in Canada and on addressing poverty for SALCO’s low-income constituency.
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Khadeeja Ahsan has been involved with access to justice work since she was an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. She is a Staff Lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario since 2013, representing low-income people across the GTA in matters involving immigration, income support and public interest matters. She is committed to educating the public on issues of social justice, including equality and access to services specifically in immigrant and marginalized groups of people. Khadeeja is one of the founders of “Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project” coordinated through the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic; a board member of METRAC since June 2012, where she serves as Secretary and chairs the Communications committee; and a general board member of the Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) since 2014.
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Vanathy Wimaleswarans has been an employee of the Legal Aid sector for over 17 years. A graduate from Ryerson University, Vanathy has always had a passion to work in the administrative sector. She has been working in the capacity of an Office Administrator at SALCO since it’s inception in 2008. She brings her quick wit, efficiency and amazing organizational skills to SALCO and is the glue that keeps SALCO running smoothly. Her positive attitude and cheerful disposition enable individuals to feel at ease and welcome.
Community Legal Worker/Paralegal
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Aruna Boodram has been with SALCO since 2013 and is a licensed Paralegal and Community Legal Worker. After completing an Honours Degree from Queen’s University, she continued her education at Seneca College in the Paralegal Studies program, where she graduated with honours. She has been a community organizer for the past 12 years in Toronto and Kingston and has worked with a plethora of communities on various social justice issues. In addition to her legal work, she is an independent consultant and facilitator that specializes in anti-oppression, facilitation training and strategic planning sessions for non-profits and grassroots organizations.
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Sukhpreet Sangha holds a joint honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School, of York University. Prior to joining SALCO as a Staff Lawyer, Sukhpreet practiced as a criminal defence lawyer and argued matters before all levels of court in Ontario. She is passionate about access to justice and providing fierce representation to marginalized communities. Sukhpreet is equally passionate about art and remains active as a theatre practitioner. She offers services to clients in Punjabi and English.
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Piratheeca Vimalarajah completed her Juris Doctor (Common Law) at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and her Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affair. She has contributed to work to uphold the rights of women, refugees, internally-displaced persons and localized citizens in conflicted-affected areas within and beyond Canada, such as through the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM) in Israel, Just Governance Group (JGG) and Community Legal Services of Ottawa. She plans to continue actively working in these areas and contribute to people’s liberation advocacy for Eelam Tamils. As an articling student at SALCO, she works with clients in English and Tamil.
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Karin Baqi has been a Staff Lawyer at SALCO since 2009. She regularly represents clients in all areas of SALCO’s practice, with a particular interest in immigration law and has appeared before various Tribunals, the Ontario Divisional Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She is a frequent invited speaker on topics of Canadian immigration history and policy, migrant justice and anti-poverty organizing. She has been involved in a number of successful law reform and policy campaigns, both within and outside the Clinic system, including the fight for Access to Services for Undocumented people in the City of Toronto. She completed her law degree with distinction from McGill University and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2008. She offers services to clients in both Bangla and English.