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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.

Board Members

Chair

Lisa stepped into an interim board member position at SALCO in 2019. Lisa is a human rights, employment, and labour lawyer, and has worked throughout her career to improve access to justice for marginalized Ontarians. Having worked with a few Toronto legal clinics since her call to the bar, she truly understands and fully supports the vision and the daily practice of community legal clinic work. As a South Asian person, Lisa has also personally witnessed and understood the limits of these community legal clinics in their ability to provide appropriate legal services to our diverse South Asian communities.

 

Board Member

Alizeh is a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) and is also a CA and CFA. She currently works with the Ontario Securities Commission with a focus on compliance and risk management. Alizeh has also volunteered her time with War Against Rape in Pakistan, and is connected to the work that SALCO does in multiple South Asian communities in Ontario.

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Saranjit is a human rights and labour lawyer based in Toronto. He represents unions and employees against their employers and at administrative tribunals. Watching his parents work labour-intensive occupations without union representation, inspired Saranjit to become an employee-side labour lawyer and workers rights advocate. He is an active organizer in peel region and offers pro-bono services to marginalized workers without union representation. Outside of the courtroom, Saranjit is a raptors fan, avid runner, and obsessed with perfecting homemade pizza sauce and dough.

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Ayman is an actuary and human resources specialist, and is currently Director, Global Benefits at Scotiabank. Prior to that Ayman was a senior manager at KPMG. Ayman grew up in India, Pakistan and the Middle East before coming to Canada and is connected to the communities that SALCO works with. He believes that organizations like SALCO play a critical role in supporting diverse communities in Canada. Ayman’s experience in both financial management and human resources would fill an existing gap in SALCO’s board skillset.

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Rashmi’s passion for criminal law is fueled by the experiences of her family growing up in Malvern, a marginalized neighbourhood in Scarborough. During law school, Rashmi focused on studies in criminal law, participated in the Gale Cup Moot Competition, and volunteered with the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic and Prison Law Clinic, in order to gain as much practical experience as possible. After law school, Rashmi worked at Hicks Adams LLP, where, she conducted preliminary hearings and trials, numerous pre-trials, contested bail hearings, guilty pleas, sentencing hearings, and parole hearings. Rashmi now runs her own practice in criminal law. Rashmi is also one of the founding members of the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty. It gives Rashmi great satisfaction to advocate for vulnerable and marginalized clients and recognizes that there is so much more to be done.

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Sultana Jahingir is the founder of SAWRO and has been its Executive Director since 2007. South Asian Women’s Rights Organization (SAWRO) is a grassroots member-led non-profit community-based organization operated by community women to serve the Bengali community and other South Asian communities. Sultana has 23 years of diverse experience building grass-roots organizations among equity seeking groups, including work with impoverished Bangladeshi urban workers, undocumented immigrants in New York City and marginalized immigrant women in Scarborough, Ontario. Sultana is deeply aware of the legal issues that impact low-income South Asian communities in Canada.

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Jaspal was a former summer student at SALCO and saw firsthand, the direct and positive impact the clinic had on clients. He also saw the hard work done by SALCO to ensure that the client’s legal and non-legal needs were addressed effectively. Further, as a South Asian from a family heavily involved within the social services sector, he understand the invaluable role that SALCO has within the South Asian community.  Jaspal is a lawyer in Ontario and practices at Miller Thompson.  As lawyers and members of the bar, we have the duty to zealously advocate for our clients while upholding the principles of our justice system. Jaspal strongly believes that we also have, inter alia, a duty and responsibility to serve our communities beyond providing direct legal services to clients.

Member

Husein has a strong understanding of the Canadian policy landscape and how SALCO can use its resources to influence public policy and public opinion through securing internal and external buy-in. For nearly three years, Husein has been employed at Strategy Corp, a national public affairs and government relations firm in Toronto. Here, he has led complex engagements that have enabled high-profile clients to influence decision-making at all three levels of government. Through his organizational and project management skills, he has also managed stakeholder and media relations to create conditions for public officials to effect his clients’ desired changes. The recent Legal Aid cuts will significantly impact the SALCO’s ability to maintain its service delivery standards for its diverse clientele. Concurrently, recent legislative changes (such as the ODSP definitional amendments) will hit low-income persons the most and increase the demand for SALCO’s services. Through experienced leadership, SALCO can mitigate the impact of these developments and chart an intentional path towards growth.

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Chrishyami would be new to the SALCO board. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) who will soon be taking on the role of Director of HR at the Canada Revenue Agency (Ontario Region), after several years as Assistant Director of Staffing and Recruitment. She served as the Employment Equity Champion as well as the Recruitment champion at the CRA and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has also been involved in a variety of volunteer initiatives over the years, including being a former member of the GenNext Cabinet at United Way Greater Toronto and serving as chair of Golden Future South Africa, a volun-teer led initiative aimed at empowering South Asian Youth to be leaders in their community. Chrishyami is committed to supporting the important work that SALCO does and ensure their continued success in supporting the most vulnerable. She hopes her extensive HR experience would be an asset to the board.

Student Member

Thaniya is a second-year law student at the University of Windsor. Having completed her Social Justice Fellow-ship placement at SALCO as a Summer Student, she saw firsthand the importance of the advocacy and work that SALCO does. This encouraged her to explore advocacy through mooting and is a member of the Wilson Moot team. Thaniya has always had a passion for being involved in her community. She was a member of the Hamil-ton Youth Advisory Council and has volunteered as Chair of the Junior Board for Hamilton and District Extend-A-Family, an organization that helps families who have children with special needs and the. She has also volun-teered with John Howard Society of Niagara’s justice services. During her undergraduate studies, Thaniya volun-teered at the Lorch Refugee Camp and UNICEF Frankfurt while living in Germany. She is currently the second-year representative for Windsor’s chapter of Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) and the Co-Chair of the Women In Law’s law needs feminism campaign. She is looking forward to beginning a career in advocacy and litigation.

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Sukriti – As an advocate for equitable access to justice for socio-ethnic minorities living in poverty, I have immense respect for SALCO’s advocacy, legal representation, and education work. I’m applying to the board of directors because I would like to offer my skills to support and continue to grow SALCO’s impact.
For starters, I hope to bring my experience in non-profit fundraising, partnership development, and business development to support and guide fundraising efforts at SALCO. In my work at AIESEC, I was able to create a turnover of 118K through my partnership and fundraising development work. Additionally, I believe my corporate experience in business development and the network of industry and public domain leaders I’ve built in Toronto and across Canada will further be an asset to these efforts. Lastly, my experiences leading executive teams, campaigns and programs with Vena Solutions’ environmental equity resource group, and Brampton Mastermind are strong examples of planning and strategic capabilities, that could also be useful in strategic planning, and the governance support needed at SALCO.