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Our Board

Kayla Stephenson

Chair

Kayla Stephenson became a board member for North Peel Dufferin Community Legal Services clinic in 2018, after a year of being a non-voting board member in 2017. Kayla was elected as Board President of NPDCLS in 2020. Kayla has a Paralegal educational background and is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator with a specialty in Family Law. Kayla has Certificates from Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development in Provincial Offences Court Practice and Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals. As well as Judicial and Administrative Tribunal Competencies from the Ontario Bar Association.

Kayla has over 16 years of experience in the legal field, and of those years, 8 of them Kayla was employed by the Ministry of Attorney General, in various roles. Kayla is currently employed with the City of Brampton in the POA court. Kayla is also a part-time Adjudicator with the City of Toronto, and Kayla was also appointed in 2021 by Order in Council to the Health Services Appeals and Review Board as a part-time Adjudicator. Kayla is an Executive Member of the Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO). Kayla is also Co-Chair of the Race Equity and Advisory Committee of the ACLCO. Kayla has a passion for equity, social justice, advocacy, and access to justice. Kayla values the hard work of NPDCLS and all other legal clinics and the positive effect each clinic has on assisting all communities with having access to justice.

Emily Beaton

Vice Chair

A Halifax native, Emily attended Dalhousie Law School where she volunteered at the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association, helping new Canadians navigate the process of applying for permanent resident or refugee status.  Since moving to Toronto in 2010 she has worked exclusively in the field of criminal law, initially as a defence attorney.  Since 2013 she has been employed as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Peel where she prides herself on advocating for fair, no-nonsense resolutions that take into account the needs and circumstances of all of those touched by the criminal justice system. She is excited and honoured to be joining the Board and hopes to bring a unique perspective.

Nayan Thaker

Treasurer

Nayan Thaker is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and currently works at the Government of Canada. Nayan has a long history in volunteer director roles for a variety of professional and community organizations.

Musa Bello

Secretary

Musa Bello is a Foreign Trained Lawyer licensed to practice in Nigeria. He is an experienced Corporate Commercial Lawyer and Corporate Governance Expert and has previously worked in a corporate commercial law firm, as an in-house counsel and corporate secretary for almost two decades. He most recently served on the Technical Committee of his country’s National Council on Privatization and as a member of his national government’s Postal Reforms Implementation Committee. Musa Bello arrived in Canada in September 2022, and has immediately replicated his drive and knack for creating public value. Musa has demonstrated an abiding immense commitment to serving the community where he resides. He is a volunteer with the Victoria Order of Nurses. He is a Board Member of Volunteer, Mississauga and Caledon (VMBC). He is also the founder of Ontario Accommodation Search and Immigrant Housing Support Groups.

An advocate of life-long learning, he is currently in the Ontario Law Society licensing process and is a student-at-law with Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine and Johnson & Johnson MedTech, Ontario, Canada. He is also enrolled in the York University Certificate in Family Mediation Program, and upon completion, intends to practice as an accredited Mediator in Ontario. Apart from his law degrees obtained in Nigeria, he also earned a Master of Law (LL.M) Degree (With Distinction) in International Law, from the Universiteit Van Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan Atlantic University. Musa has been recognized as one of the top 100 Corporate Counsel in Africa (one of only 22 Nigerians) by Legal500.

Kate Paisley

Director

Kate graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Criminology and Socio-legal studies. Kate is a member of the Youth Justice Committee for the Associated Youth Services of Peel. She is passionate about social justice and making a difference in her community

Shaneil Stewart

Director

Shaneil Stewart joined our board of directors in 2020. Shaneil has a B.A. in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University and also a post graduate certificate from Humber College in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is trained as a mediator and in conflict resolution management. She has volunteered for labour unions and has interests in empowering workers to participate and engage in workers’ rights.

Amandeep Kaur

Director

Amandeep Kaur is the Chief Operating Officer of the Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) www.pchs4u.com. She is starting the role of PCHS CEO on July 5, 2023. PCHS provides culturally responsive mental health, addiction, geriatric, newcomer settlement, and social services to the local communities, including Brampton, Caledon and Dufferin County.

Her role includes leadership, strategic visioning, media relations, fiscal and statistical management, supervision and other management responsibilities and she has been active in the non-profit sector for the last 33 years. She co-founded the Integrated Holistic Service Delivery Model that caters to addressing human health challenges faced by the South Asian

She led one of the COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation and Recovery Centres in the Peel Region to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Amandeep is an active member of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, Ontario Health Central – South Mental Health and Addictions Local Planning Table; Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Provincial Advisory Table; High Priority Communities Strategy (Peel); Regional Community Response Table (Peel); Mississauga and Central West OHT; Peel/Halton/Dufferin/ Settlement Partnerships Executive Council Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and a Board of Director for the South Asian Health Alliance.

In addition, Amandeep brings a wealth of knowledge and lived experience as a domestic violence and cancer survivor who supports innovation and looks forward to continuing to work for the betterment of the community.

Rishika Thakur Malhi

Director

Rishika became a full Board member in 2023, after spending some time as a non-voting member in 2021. 

Rishika is a patient-focused leader with over 15 years of healthcare leadership experience in both management consulting and acute care. Rishika has expertise in defining and executing strategy, managing operations, promoting innovation and leading large-scale transformation. Rishika has held several leadership roles at William Osler Health System including Director, Corporate Strategy, Director Clinical Strategy and Design, and currently as the Director, Integrated Health Systems, as well as Executive Lead for the Central West Ontario Health Team. Rishika also held leadership roles in health care management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Rishika holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto.

As a resident of the communities served by Osler and NPDCLS, Rishika is committed to community success, access and equity, and health justice.

Parush Mann

Director

Parush is a lawyer and currently works in private legal practice. Parush began his legal career with this clinic, first as an articling student and later as a staff lawyer. Parush is an advocate for immigrants’ rights, and he is passionate about law reform and facilitating access to justice for the vulnerable. It is a privilege for him to have joined the board and to serve the community.

Kavi Naraine

Director

Kavi Naraine has 18 years of legal and corporate experience, working in both the private and public sectors. He began his career working for a law firm in Mississauga, then joined the City of Brampton, Corporate Services department in various roles as a people leader and managing projects to support divisions such as By-Law Enforcement, Court Services, Finance, and Economic Development. More recently and over the past several years, he has worked with the Crown Corporation Transit Agency, Metrolinx, as a people leader and project manager for various departments including Transit Safety, Security, Compliance & Prosecutions, and Strategic Partnerships. Kavi is passionate about equity, and social justice and looks forward to being part of the Board and continuing its work towards supporting and advocating for the community