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Our Leadership Team
Priyanka ShethExecutive Director
Priyanka Sheth joined Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre in February, 2021.
Kothai Nadarajah, CPA, CGAFinance and Operations Director
Kothai has served as a finance professional in the private and multi-sector non-profit agencies, in leadership positions, for over 2 decades.
She strongly believes working in non-profit agencies is a perfect way to serve her community. Kothai is very passionate about people and the quality of their lives.
She runs a music school, where she teaches classical western and eastern musical instruments and carnatic vocal, for over 20 years. Kothai has performed in musical concerts, both solo and with students, in various cultural programs in the GTA.
She lives in Mississauga and loves cooking, gardening, reading, interior design, puzzles, sudoku, working out, and travelling.
Magdalena DiazEarlyON Manager
Magdalena Diaz is the Manager of EarlyON and Family programs. She has been with DBNC since 2007. STILL NEED THE REST.
Barbara JanikEmployment Manager
Barbara Janik moved to Canada in 1981 and since then, she has worked in Social Services.
Barbara joined DBNC in May 1996 as Employment Centre Manager. She loves the multicultural mosaic of her work. She has travelled to many fascinating countries and seen a better part of Canada. Those trips allowed her to see the “whole” world through her colleagues and clients.
Barbara has four grandchildren and they are her life! She genuinely likes working with people, and respect and integrity are the credos of her life.
Barbara’s philosophy of life is: “you can have everything you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar.
Lindel MerraroSettlement Manager
Lindel Merraro is the Manager of Settlement Programs. During his 15 year tenure with DBNC, Lindel has been involved in many of the programming at the agency. He is part of a hardworking and dedicated staff team who always bring their passion for serving their communities, to the office with a smile.
In his free time, Lindel enjoys fishing, playing sports, and spending time with his family.
Maria IvanovaLINC Manager
Maria Ivanova is the LINC Manager. STILL NEED BIO.
Prathi PararajasingamOutreach and Development Manager
Prathi Pararajasingam immigrated to Toronto in 1993. Since then she has completed a degree in English, History, and Women’s Studies as well as a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising and Events Management. Heavily involved in the intersectional feminist community, Prathi is an avid reader and writer. She runs a passion project Instagram account where she recommends her favourite books written by women of colour.
As the Outreach and Development Manager at DBNC, Prathi oversees the agency’s Fundraising; Volunteer and Placement Student; and Communications portfolios. Prathi is passionate about the power of storytelling. She believes that communities are built on the strength of shared histories, cultures, and customs and she loves sharing the many stories of the community that DBNC proudly serves.
Jonathon MitchellYouth Manager
Jonathon Mitchell is the Manager of Youth Services. In his current role he oversees the NYCE program, My Play, summer camp and has a hand in all things youth.
Jonathon has a passion for people and has dedicated himself to equity-focused community development with a specialty in youth engagement.
During his now 20 years of serving the public, Jonathon has been blessed with the opportunity to serve many diverse communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Jonathon is highly interested and involved in the arts, and often finds himself tying them into his work.
TBD is the Office Manager. STILL NEED BIO.
DBNC is a leading, inclusive, welcoming, proactive, community-inspired agency. It is the organization that the community chooses because it meets their diverse and changing needs through empowerment, partnerships, active listening, engagement, and leadership.