Introducing Kirija Balachandran, Our Client Manager and Summer Intern

I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome and take this as an opportunity to introduce myself. I am currently working towards my Social Service Worker Diploma at Seneca College. I also have a degree from York University majoring in Law & Society and Psychology and this led me in the direction of working to ignite social change.

A social issue which I am very involved and passionate about is domestic violence and trauma. I am a volunteer with Victim Services of Peel. From this role I was able to see the effect that it has on victims and their families. My education and training has touched on men in domestic violence situations but I have never had first-hand experience with it thus far. I was pleased to learn that there is a centre dedicated to men’s needs so that men can access resources without feeling judged.

This safe space that men can reach out to for support seems like a good starting point for me to gain insight into men`s experiences and I hope that I am able to contribute in such a way that I can help build on the already well-established program for domestic abuse, violence and trauma for men.

I am also keenly interested in growing our programs for separated fathers. It is vital that children benefit from active and healthy relationships with fathers and other male role models.

My interest in the CCMF stems from the fact that it is the first of its kind and I think that gender equality is of utmost importance in our constantly growing and changing society. I hope that I can be a part of the change that is happening here and look forward to working with you all.

Thank you,
Kirija Balachandran