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MEET THE AANGEN TEAM 

Executive Director

Managers

Arran
Altimas

(he/him)

All Dried Up Kitchen Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 3

Arran has taken over as Aangen’s new ADU Manager, a position that requires empathy, food manufacturing knowledge and management—all of which Arran has and more. He joined Aangen after working 15 years in medical manufacturing and development, so helping vulnerable populations has always been a huge passion of his. In that respect, helping to grow ADU to reach more people and combat food insecurity is a perfect fit for him. 

Arran is a passionate farmer and grows a big organic garden each year. He’s got lots of hobbies, including: leatherworking, knife-making, fishing, and swimming. But, most of all, Arran loves helping others through his work. 
 

Braeda
Dowden

(she/her)

Caseworker

(647) 323-2787 ext. 706

In her role as caseworker Braeda provides social-emotional support to people in many of the programs at Aangen. It has always been important for her to do work that aligns with her values. She has been involved with social services for over 20 years and has a passion for program development, staff training, and advocacy work.  

 

Braeda is an avid traveller and reader, and at any given time has a pile of books on the go.

Arpith
Sengupta

(he/him)

HR/CEP Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 6

Arpith’s role at Aangen is to help build and expand the HR department and provide his expertise in managing the CEP department. His role allows him to utilise his creative and social skills, and Aangen’s vision of breaking the cycle of poverty aligns perfectly with his personal beliefs. As an immigrant to Canada, he is so excited to have found a work family with a team of like-minded individuals. 

 

When he’s not at work, he likes to spend time fostering cats and binge-watching horror flicks.

Coordinators

Madushan
"Maddy"
Periyasamy

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(he/him)

Financial Coordinator

(647) 323-2787 ext. 703

Maddy began working at Aangen in November 2020 as a bookkeeper. His role includes speaking with customers and clients, banking, creating invoices, and anything related to finance and number-crunching. He loves being a part of a company that helps the community, and working in a friendly environment makes him happy. For Maddy, Aangen feels like a family. 

 

Apart from working, he loves to travel, explore new things, late night drives, and reading as much as possible.

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Gurbeen Bhasin 

(she/her)

Aangen Founder

(647) 323-2787 ext. 702

Gurbeen Bhasin is the founder and executive director of Aangen. A trained social worker, Gurbeen established Aangen in 2000, following in the footsteps of her ancestors who always welcomed and supported community members facing challenges. Her primary purpose with Aangen is to foster personal empowerment and nurture communities by responding to community needs. Her professional journey has included serving as project manager of a global human rights initiative; a senior analyst at the Canadian Mental Health Association; and as an entrepreneur and creator in Toronto’s independent arts sector. Gurbeen holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in international relations from the University of Windsor, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York University. 

She is best known for her mile-wide smile, her funky shoes and her mom’s timeless life wisdom.
 

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