Staff

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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.

Shalini Konanur
Shalini Konanur Executive Director/Lawyer

(416) 487-6371 ext. 40
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.
Khadeeja Ahsan
Khadeeja Ahsan Staff Lawyer

(416) 487-6371 ext. 42
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.
Seema Nadarajah
Seema Nadarajah Social worker/Community Legal Worker

(416) 487-6371 ext. 44
Seema Nadarajah holds both a Specialized Honours degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Social Work degree with a focus in child welfare and mental health. She presently works at SALCO in the capacity of a Community Legal Worker/Social Worker, where she engages in poverty law work related to income security and immigration matters. Seema has been a consultant on a variety of projects, including mental health outreach with CAMH, reviewing the concerns of Toronto Police Service’s lethal use of force, and de-escalation techniques in dealing with individuals with mental health issues for the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). Seema brings her positive energy, knowledge of the mental health sector and passion for social justice to the team.
Vanathy Wimaleswarans
Vanathy Wimaleswarans Office Administrator

(416) 487-6371 ext. 45
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.
Aruna Boodram
Aruna Boodram Community Legal Worker/Paralegal

(416) 487-6371 ext. 47
Aruna Boodram has been involved with SALCO since 2013 and has occupied various roles from a being a placement student, board member and now staff. She is a licensed Paralegal and Project coordinator for SALCO’s “Non-Consensual/Forced Marriage Project”. After completing an Honours Bachelor Degree in Gender Studies, 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 10 years in Toronto and Kingston and has worked with a plethora of communities on various 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 and is the News Editor for Indigenous Waves Radio Show on CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto.
Sukhpreet Sangha
Sukhpreet Sangha Staff Lawyer

(416) 487-6371 ext. 43
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.
Silmy Abdullah
Silmy Abdullah Staff Lawyer

(416) 487-6371
Silmy Abdullah was called to the Ontario bar in 2013. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Ottawa and a Masters degree in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining SALCO, Silmy was a staff lawyer at an organization that works to end violence against women, where she focused on public legal education, research and law reform. Silmy is also a passionate fiction writer and is currently working on a collection of shorts stories. In 2016, she completed a six month mentorship with Canadian author, Lawrence Hill under Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues program for emerging writers. At SALCO, Silmy practices primarily in the areas of Immigration and Poverty law and provides services to clients in Bangla, Hindi, Urdu and English.
Sukhbir Thind
Sukhbir Thind Articling Student