MEET THE AANGEN TEAM MEMBERS
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Catarina is Aangen’s Cleaning Manager and leads a team of cleaning staff. As a newcomer to Canada, she was a recipient of Aangen’s programs. Since 2015, she has been giving back to the organization that helped her establish herself and her family in a new country. Working for Aangen and taking care of her staff is what makes her most proud.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking Portuguese dishes and raising her two kids to a soundtrack of Latin music.
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Michelle’s role as chef and Kitchen Manager is a balance between shopping, menu creation, and preparing delicious meals for Aangen’s clients. With her past experience running community kitchens and gardens, she has been a part of the team since 2019. For Michelle, working for an organization that makes connections between social wellness, food security, and ecological sustainability is a dream come true.
An avid swing dancer, green thumb, and writer, Michelle has been making the best of the pandemic by doing a weekly dress up-themed dinner with her family.
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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.
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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.
Grant Researcher & Writer
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Leah is Aangen’s grant writer and researcher. Over time, she has transitioned into writing blogs and Aangen’s newsletter. Being able to have a meaningful impact on local at-risk communities while pursuing her passion for writing makes working at Aangen feel like home.
Outside of Aangen, Leah enjoys spending time playing video games, writing and reading stories, and hanging out with her parrot, Jack.
Graphic & Web Designer
Daniel is Aangen’s graphic and web designer. His role is updating and fixing any problems that occur on the site.
Being able to have a meaningful impact on local at-risk communities while pursuing his passion for code makes working at Aangen feel like home.
Outside of Aangen, Daniel enjoys playing competitive soccer at the provincial under-21 level as well as playing video games.
He plans on pursuing computer science in at the University of Toronto or Toronto Metropolitan University!
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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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Recruited to fine tune the organization’s communications, Alicia joined the Aangen team in the spring of 2018. Her business savvy and eye for detail had her quickly promoted to her current position. Alicia’s most cherished accomplishment is developing Aangen’s internal procedures to help the team run smoothly.
She enjoys snuggling with her rescue dog Falkor, spending time with her niece, and building her Instagram page. #aliciaandthebigthings
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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.