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SALCO is open but we are not accepting walk-ins at this time. SALCO will see clients in person by appointment only. We continue to provide legal advice, brief services, and legal representation to respond to new and existing clients. However, to ensure the health and safety of SALCO staff, clients, and others, until further notice, we ask that you please contact us at (416) 487-6371 for legal support and all other inquiries. We will connect with you to provide support over the phone, virtually, or in person by appointment on a case by case basis.

Staff

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.

Executive Director/Lawyer
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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, 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.

Office Administrator
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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 (they/she) has been with SALCO since 2013 and is a licensed Paralegal and Community Legal Worker. Born and raised in Scarborough and part of the Caribbean diaspora, she has been a community organizer, educator and facilitator for over 2 decades. She brings her passion and commitment to social justice and advocacy to her work and believes in the power of community and people over profit. Aruna has worked on many projects and trainings for SALCO, including the latest version of the Forced/Non-Consensual Toolkit for Service Providers and the 2SLGBTQ+ South Asian People’s History Project Poster Series. She has also participated as an educator and faculty for trainings and workshops for the Law Society of Ontario, EGALE Canada and Osgoode’s Continuing Education program. Aruna has worked with SALCO clients for the past 9 years on their legal matters on housing, immigration, employment, forced marriage and social assistance. She is grateful for the opportunity to fiercely advocate alongside our clients and community.

Staff Lawyer
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jasleen holds a specialized honours degree from York University, and a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School. During her time at Osgoode, she worked in the administrative law division at C.L.A.S.P and assisted with various areas of law, including housing and social assistance. She used her time in law school to engage the student body in various social justice initiatives, such as an annual fundraising event for Eva’s Place through the Osgoode Feminist Collective. She graduated with the C.L.A.S.P. Prize for Social Justice. jasleen articled at the Community Legal Clinic – Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes. In 2019, she was one of the key organizers of “Push Back! Drive Forward!”, the Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference. She currently is a director on the board of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. At SALCO, jasleen offers services in English and Panjabi.

Community Legal Worker/Paralegal
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Athursh Vaithilingam is a licensed Paralegal and Community Legal Worker with SALCO. He graduated from both the Paralegal Studies and Law Clerk programs from Centennial College. He has been an active member within the Durham Tamil community as a youth since 2000, and has worked with various grassroots organizations providing progressive leadership in the Tamil community in Canada. He is a member of the Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham and the Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action. He has been involved in access to justice and social justice projects, providing a voice for the most vulnerable members of society. He is passionate about the emancipation of Eelam Tamils, working with youth and community building initiatives. Athursh offers services to client in both Tamil and English.

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Staff Lawyer- On leave
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Fareeha has over ten years of experience working in the areas of social justice, law reform and transitional justice issues. She brings her years of experience working with the South Asian community including in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Thailand. Fareeha has conducted many training programs and been part of several research and publications in the areas of human rights, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. She holds a Masters in Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Prior to joining SALCO Fareeha worked at CASSA to develop a Legal Toolkit: A Guidebook on Transitional Issues for Refugee Youth. She is a Mediation Coach and an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioner. She offers services to clients in Tamil, Sinhala, and English.

Staff Lawyer
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Iqra Rafique was called to the bar in June 2018. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School.  In law school, Iqra worked as a Division Leader at the Community and Legal Aid Services Program, where she assisted clients with income security matters, tenancy disputes, and applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Iqra also worked at a non-profit organization focused on ending violence against women and youth as well as at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. After law school, Iqra articled at the legal branch of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, where she gained experience in civil and estates litigation, family law, and guardianship and power of attorney matters. At SALCO, Iqra practices primarily in the areas of immigration and income security law and provides services to clients in Urdu and English.