Karthika Gobinath (Director):

Karthika Gobinath completed a BA (HONS) in Criminology, Justice & Policy Studies, and is a graduate of York University’s Masters in Public Policy, Administration, and Law Program, and Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration. This program has helped her understand the issues surrounding healthcare, criminal justice system, aboriginal rights, human rights, and the various public policies that affect members of our community on a regular basis.

Karthika Gobinath is a community activist who advocates for issues that affects members of her community and volunteers her time with various organizations. Working as a Policy Advisor for the Board of Directors at India Rainbow Community Services of Peel, Karthika understand the issues members in marginalized communities face regarding housing, healthcare, senior care, linguistic needs, education, and most importantly integration into Canada as a newcomer.

As a Board of Director for Brampton Focus, which is a media organization, Karthika works with her team to address issues that affects citizens in Brampton on a Municipal, Provincial, and Federal level. She volunteers with the Regional of Peel’s Family Literacy Program as a facilitator by teaching literacy and math, which would encourage parents and family members to use literacy at home and in their communities, while reflecting on the ethnic and cultural heritages of families. As for hobbies, Karthika Gobinath loves to run, read, and bake.

Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.