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Debonita Mukhopadhyay

Bengali Settlement Counsellor dmukhopahyay@sawc.org Direct Line: 226-908-5371 Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm Graduate paralegal and have a diploma as a Community Service Worker from Trios College with an extensive have customer service experience in the financial and airline industries.  

Elizabeth Betowski

Project Manager ebetowski@sawc.org Direct line: 226-778-9121 Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Served as an international observer on behalf of Canada in several post-conflict nations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, working with organizations like the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), The Council of Europe and the United Nations. A former banker, Elizabeth spent nearly thirty years working

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Kripa Sekhar

Executive Director

ksekhar@sawc.org Ext 222

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kripa Sekhar is presently the Executive Director of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC). She worked as the Executive Coordinator of the Saskatchewan Action Committee on the Status of Women for almost 14 years before coming to Toronto in 2004. Kripa worked for a brief time as the Employment and Equity Advisor for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. She continues to work with a diversity of women, women’s groups and other social justice organizations nationally and internationally on issues related to immigration and settlement, anti-violence, anti-racism, labour, education, poverty and public policy.  Her reputation as a champion for the inclusion of diverse, marginalized and isolated women’s voices is well established.

Kripa has served on the provincial Human Traficking Advisory Committee, and presently sits on the Provincial Partnership Project Advisory Committee.  She has served on many boards including the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC).  Kripa has served on the Executive of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC-CCA), and been a Member at Large of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

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Dina Sousa

Office Administrator, Portuguese Settlement Counsellor and Student Placement Supervisor

dsousa@sawc.org, Ext 221

Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dina is our warm and friendly Office Administrator. She has a vast amount of experience working with non-profit organizations and has worked with women  to help address issues of abuse and violence prevention. She is fluent in Portuguese.

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Subuhi Jaffrey

Employment Counselor, Settlement Counselor, Wellness Group Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator  (Urdu, Arabic, Farsi)

sjaffrey@sawc.org, Ext 228

Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

She is Employment/Settlement Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator at SAWC.  Her calm demeanor coupled with her ability to effectively resolve conflicts makes her an excellent counselor.  She is sincere, hard working and committed to SAWC. Please contact her if you are job hunting and need support.

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Sabita Saha

Bengali settlement Counsellor

ssaha@sawc.org, Ext. 230

Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

She brings enthusiasm, strong people’s skills and the ability to the job. She takes on increased responsibilities and roles as needed by the Centre. Sabita is hard working and passionate about her work.

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Tsering Dolma

Group Coordinator, Tibetan Counselor Ext: 224


Tuesday to Friday : 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

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Vijaya Kula

Tamil Settlement Counsellor

vkula@sawc.org, 416-281-1376 Ext 22

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays : 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

She has been working for SAWC since 2005 as a Tamil Settlement Counselor. She is working at the Satellite office in Frontline Community Services helping Tamil speaking clients in Scarborough Area.

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Cheryl Harris

Barrister and Solicitor
charris@lawyer.com Ext. 221
Every second Wednesday by appointment

She has been the the Centre’s Legal Aid Advice Lawyer for the past 14 years. During those years, on a bi-weekly basis, she has given summary legal advice to the clients of the Centre in the areas of family law, criminal law, refugee and immigration, landlord/tenant, housing and social assistance.

More recently, because of changes within Legal Aid Ontario, she gives advice to clients in the area of Family Violence and Immigration as it relates to family violence.

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