Vathanan joined CanTYD as Operations Manager in January 2013. As Operations Manager, Vathanan is responsible for drafting reports to funders, sponsors and the board, seeking grant opportunities for CanTYD’s programs and services, and developing the capacity of the organization. Prior to joining CanTYD, Vathanan volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society and Start2Finish. In his free time, Vathanan enjoys solving puzzles, reading and exploring new events and activities. Vathanan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brock University and a post-graduate certificate in International Development from Humber College.
Thamia Senthilnathan, Program Coordinator
Thamia joined CanTYD in October 2016. As Program Coordinator, Thamia works with Youth Outreach Workers to run programs and workshops that cater to the needs of youth to foster their growth. Prior to joining CanTYD, Thamia volunteered with the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre.Thamia is a vocalist with a strong passion for music and aspires to learn a variety of instruments. Thamia holds a B.A. from McMaster University and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto.
Abhirami Balachandran, Youth Outreach Worker
Abhirami joined CanTYD in September 2015 to inspire youth to lead fulfilling lives and pursue their aspirations. As a Youth Outreach Worker, Abhirami conducts workshops focusing on anti-oppression, self-empowerment and issues pertaining to equity. Prior to joining CanTYD, Abhirami volunteered with the Children’s Aid Society and Frontier College as a youth mentor, and she is currently a volunteer with Kensington Hospice. Abhirami’s hobbies include reading about child psychology and binge-watching sitcoms on Netflix. Abhirami holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Garshen Pathmalingam, Youth Outreach Worker
Garshen joined CanTYD in October 2015 as a Youth Outreach Worker to positively influence the lives of the youth and make a difference in the community. As a Youth Outreach Worker, Garshen supervises recreational activities and mentors youth in solving challenges in their daily lives. Prior to joining CanTYD, Garshen volunteered at the Jarvis Sports Club. Garshen enjoys playing competitive soccer. Garshen holds a B.A. in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Birithivy Yogaratnam, Youth Outreach Worker
Birithivy joined CanTYD in August 2016 as a Youth Outreach Worker after volunteering with the organization for several years. As a Youth Outreach Worker, Birithivy provides guidance to youth and organizes high school drop-ins. Prior to joining CanTYD, Birithivy volunteered at several events including serving as an Ambassador for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Birithivy’s hobbies include singing professionally, writing, and playing basketball and soccer. Birithivy is specializing in Music Industry Art and Performance at Centennial College.
Sharanya Balendran, Youth Outreach Worker
Sharanya joined CanTYD as a Youth Outreach Worker in August 2016. In her role, Sharanya mentors students at high schools and serves as a positive influence for youth. Sharanya’s weekly workshops use dance as a form of therapy to relieve youth of stress. Prior to working at CanTYD, Sharanya volunteered as a TA at Churchill Heights. Outside of CanTYD, Sharanya is the Head Coordinator of the dance group “Gaana Squad” which earned awards for Best Choreography and Best Showmanship. Sharanya is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work at York University.
Cynda Ashton, Counsellor
Cynda has been partnering with CanTYD since June 2015 to deliver confidential counselling services to improve the mental health of youth and their families. As part of her role at Youthlink, Cynda provides school-based mental health services for youth in Scarborough. Outside of CanTYD and Youthlink, Cynda volunteers at Victims Services Toronto as a Crisis Counsellor and has previously worked at Native Child and Family Services. Cynda enjoys singing with her community choir and spending time outdoors. Cynda holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto.
Akilan Rajanthiram, Graphics Designer
Akilan has volunteered with CanTYD since 2013. He joined CanTYD in July 2016 as a Graphics Designer. Akilan is responsible for creating posters and other graphics related content for CanTYD’s events and workshops. Akilan’s hobbies include design, watching movies and dancing. Akilan is studying Graphics Design at Centennial College.
Varoun Maharaj, Capacity Development Coordinator
Varoun joined CanTYD in October 2011 as he saw it as the perfect opportunity to put to practice his passions – media production and web development – for a community organization with a good cause. As the Capacity Development Coordinator, Varoun is responsible for developing and maintaining CanTYD’s website and multimedia productions. Prior to joining CanTYD, Varoun has performed freelance design and development of websites for over 10 years and continues to do so. A car enthusiast, Varoun’s passions include deep sea fishing, beaches and his dog, Max. Varoun holds a diploma in Digital Media Art from Seneca College.
Patrick Warner, Bookkeeper
Patrick joined CanTYD in August 2012. As a bookkeeper who specializes in non-profit finance, Patrick’s aim is to assist CanTYD such that the Tamil-Canadian community has an effective and vibrant hub to call home. As a bookkeeper, Patrick ensures that all financial related matters are addressed and reported so that the board can make sound decisions. Prior to joining CanTYD, Patrick performed bookkeeping for several other clients. Patrick’s hobbies include weightlifting and basketball. Patrick holds a diploma in International Business and Marketing from Seneca College.