MEET THE AANGEN TEAM MEMBERS

Executive Director

Aangen Founder

(647) 323-2787 ext. 702

Gurbeen Bhasin is the founder and executive director of Aangen, a Toronto-based non-profit organization that focuses on advancing food security and social justice locally and globally. A trained social worker, Gurbeen established Aangen in 2000, following in the footsteps of multiple ancestors who 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 as they arise with sustainable and equitable solutions. Her professional journey has included serving as project manager of a global human rights initiative; as 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 degree from the University of Michigan, a master of arts degree in international relations from the University of Windsor, and a bachelor of arts degree 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.

Executive Team

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. Notably, she has created Aangen’s new website and standard operating procedures. Alicia’s most cherished accomplishment is developing Aangen’s internal procedures to help the team run smoothly. A board member of the Parkdale Food Bank, she enjoys snuggling with her rescue dog, spending time with her niece and building her Instagram page. #aliciaandthebigthings

Director of Operations

(647) 323-2787 ext. 6

As the head of Human Resources, John is the go-to person for Aangen employees. Working for Aangen deeply resonated with his values of creating a just society, strengthening local communities and promoting sustainable food security systems. John is passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive work environment for each member of the team. When he is not in the office, you can find him admiring maps, an interest that complements his love of travel.

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 a 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 and canoeing.

Managers

Cleaning Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 1

As head of cleaning services, Catarina leads a team of five full-time 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 gives her the most pride.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking Portuguese dishes and raising her two kids to a soundtrack of Latin music.

Finance Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 700

As Finance Manager, Oksana is in charge of balancing the books. She joined the Aangen team in December 2019, just three months after arriving in Canada. Working in a new country has been a huge challenge, and Oksana is grateful for the support she has received from Aangen. Working for the organization means that she can be a part of helping marginalized individuals achieve their potential.  A proud mother to a three-year-old daughter, she has a passion for travel, reading and live music.

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 clients. Bringing her past experience running community kitchen and gardens, she has been part of the Aangen team since winter 2019. For Michelle, working for an organization that makes the 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 COVID-19 by doing a weekly dress up-themed dinner with her family.

Community Outreach

& Sales Manager

(647) 323-2787 ext. 4

Amy has been a member of the Aangen Family since September 2020 and feels very fortunate to have landed here. Amy has a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business from Ryerson University, is a graduate of Ècole Phillippe Gaulier in Paris, France and an actor and comedian for over 20 years. Amy's favourite words are "Opportunity Identification" and has taken her creativity to the next level in her role at Aangen. Community Outreach and Sales Manager, Amy handles new business, community engagement and sales strategies for our organization. Her favourite food is Saag Paneer. 

Coordinators

Marketing &

Social Media Coordinator

(647) 323-2787 ext. 704

Bio coming soon!

Book Keeper

(647) 323-2787 ext. 703

Bio coming soon!

Managers