Our Team

Aangen. Changing Lives and Helping Communities Locally and Globally.

Gurbeen Bhasin, MA, MSW

Executive Director

Gurbeen as her educational and professional background in Social Policy and International Relations and has been practicing Social Work for over two decades. During that time, she has focused on the areas child welfare, mental health, and policy creation and implementation as well as evaluation.

She has been one of the founding forces behind Aangen and especially in creating the blueprint for a self-sustained non-profit model. Over the last 16 years of running Aangen as a successful social enterprise, she has learnt a great deal and now helps other non-profit organizations create similar models.

Heather Maciel

Program Coordinator

Fear is often the factor that presides over our life and thus our choices are often guided in such darkness. Heather was at a cross-road. Her uncertainty led her to dig deep and figure out why she still felt a lack, when her external life seemed so full.

This internal search started at Aangen where Heather took part in a vision boarding workshop. There she was exposed to a glimpse of her true self and felt like she had been awakened after a long slumber. Heather has studied Freelance Writing and is currently enrolled in a Social Entrepreneurship Program. She is passionate about writing and how words can move and inspire people. Heather’s mission is to evoke positive change through spreading love and light wherever she goes. Today Heather is living her purpose; she is the Program Coordinator at Aangen where she is free to create, to serve and to love.

Dora Miceli

Advisory Board Member

Dora is a mother of two, a healer, a teacher to many and a successful business woman. She has been practicing healing modalities for over 30 years. She started as an esthetician and came into her spiritual and healing journey through an inspirational vision. She practices Intuitive Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Aroma Therapy, Crystal Healing, Gem Stone Therapy, and many other modalities. Her passion lies in Native American healing modalities taught to her by a Mohawk Elder. Dora’s humility would not let her verbalize that she is a Shaman in her own right.

Most recently she has universally inspired by the love of mother earth and humanity and is driven to seek ancient wisdom and growth for everyone. She offers her teachings to all at affordable rates as she believes that in every home there is healer and together through practicing spiritual teachings we uplift and support each other on our journeys.

Renee Bryce

Advisory Board Member

Renee Bryce has over 10 years experience sifting through resumes?, conducting interviews and hiring key team members. She works with a number of recruiters, shapes job postings and advises a hiring committee. When she’s not ‘working’ Renee writes, practices Reiki and Sacred Touch and plays with Tarot decks.

Franca Di Donato

Advisory Board Member

Franca has been an essential member of Faema, working there for the last two decades. It is a family run business that has seen much success through its hard work and dedication towards one shared goal. After achieving much success in this venture of her life, Franca decided it was time to take on another shared goal. This time it would be towards giving back to the community. Franca oversees the purchasing of products for the Faema Café and she is adamant on buying local to support other businesses and organizations in the community. She hopes to bring a different perspective, as an advisory board member, to the Aangen organization with her countless years of experience in the business world.

Danny Gaudio

Advisory Board Member

Danny Gaudio is a Realtor for Royal LePage Premium One. Beginning his career in selling homes in the GTA, he has now specialized in commercial and investment properties.

Graduating from Humber College, he earned his diploma in Graphic Design and Web Development. After 8 years in the web development industry he decided to move on and start a career in real estate. Danny is passionate about music and is involved in various music productions. He is a loving husband and father of 2 beautiful boys.

“A good family means a strong foundation, and a strong foundation allows you to build up, level by level until you reach the top. Aangen is building its way up because of their solid core foundation. The dedication that pours out is like no other. This is why I feel it is important to help, I would like to see Aangen reach the top!”

Sairupa Krishnamurti

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Sairupa is a GTA based licensed Naturopathic Doctor (CONO). She is also an Ayurveda and Yoga Practitioner, and a gentle self-care advocate. She is passionate about offering heart-centered healthcare to support you to establish and sustain vibrant health. Sairupa believes that self-care can help us to resurface after times of loss, prevent burn out when life feels too heavy, and impact us to feel better more consistently. She has a general family practice with special interests in reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy, post-natal-care, paediatrics, mental health, stress, hormones and digestion.

Sairupa received training in Ayurveda from the Center for Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing, and Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has completed Yoga teacher training programs with Heather Greaves, and The Vidya Institute. Additionally, she’s done training in paediatrics, pregnancy and labour support. She gave birth to her own daughter at home, and she’s passionate about gentle Naturopathic & Ayurvedic birthing and post-partum practices.

As a trauma informed practitioner, Sairupa aims to provide non-judgmental healthcare from an anti-oppressive model that welcomes all types of individuals, families, relationships, and genders.

As part of her integrative approach to medicine, she is so excited to support you to cultivate or rediscover your inner wisdom and your personal tools for sustainable, vibrant longevity and health.

Madelyn Medina

Advisory Board Member

Madelyn has always had an interest in human rights, which is why she pursued a degree in Political Science. She is currently completing her undergrad at Ryerson University and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Aangen Organization.

Madelyn is a strong believer in a grass roots approach to combatting socials issues so she is grateful to be a part of an organization that understands the importance of this approach. It is through the Aangen Community that she hopes to gain more practical experience and knowledge while also providing new ideas and perspectives. She hopes to work together with the rest of the Aangen team towards making a positive change in the community and a difference in the world.

Jas Sahota

Advisory Board Member

Jas Sehota graduated from her studies in England prior to moving to Canada. She is a business owner with her husband has run a successful independent luxury car dealership for over 26 years.

Jas is passionate about helping the under privileged. Helping Aangen prosper will allow Aangen and their team to help families in need not only in Canada but in Africa, India and many other places.