MEET THE AANGEN TEAM MEMBERS

Executive Director

Executive Team

Managers

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Cleaning Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 1

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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Kitchen Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 3

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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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.

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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

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Grant Researcher & Writer

(647) 323-2787 ext. 707

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.

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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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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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Share the Love Store Coordinator

Zahra is Aangen's Share the Love Store Coordinator. Her role consists of research and development of the free store model for our Share the Love donation program.


As a Gender and Women's Studies major at York University, being able to contribute towards community care makes Zahra's time at Aangen deeply fulfilling.  


Outside of Aangen, Zahra enjoys spending time with her cat, Lulu, hiking and swimming, climate justice rallies,  and reading tarot cards for loved ones

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Sales and Outreach Coordinator

(647) 323-2787

Nicole has the pleasure of working directly with Aangen’s All Dried Up program, using the opportunity to connect directly with the local community, and spreading awareness across the GTA. Her love for food, health, and wellness has easily merged with her desire to represent marginalized groups and addresses blatant inequalities in the community. Nicole’s background in academia accompanies her natural passion to fight injustices. 

 

In her spare time, she loves spending time with loved ones and her dog, eating delicious food, and being outdoors.

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Writer & Researcher

Jack has just graduated from Queen's University with a double-major in Political Studies and Philosophy.

He's set to do his Masters in Political and Legal Thought from Queen's University come September. After that, he hope to pursue more non-profit work. 

 

Outside of education and Aangen, Jack spent his first year of University studying abroad at Bader College in Herstmonceux, UK where he fell in love with traveling and the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing philosophy. 

Summer Interns

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Creative Director

(647) 323-2787 ext. 701

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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Director of Food Services

(647) 323-2787 ext. 2

Building relationships with local farmers and merchants, Erika has taken the reins as Aangen’s Farm Product Manager. Originally starting off part time in the farm products division, she also spent time running the kitchen operations before landing in her new role. For Erika, Aangen is family, and she appreciates how everyone supports each other in a caring environment. 

 

A self-proclaimed master of parallel parking, she spends her free time hiking, taking photographs and canoeing.

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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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