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Task Force Meeting with Special Guest

November 25 2020, 1:00 pm

Building a safer and more inclusive community for everyone in Quw’utsun’ Territory/Cowichan Valley

Join us for an exciting task force meeting (via Zoom) with a special presentation from inspiring guest speaker, Dr. Charuka Maheswaran.

Be a part of the conversation and advocate for change in the Cowichan Valley! We are searching for all thought-leaders, changemakers, and passionate citizens to help us work toward racial justice and equity for all.

NOTE: Everyone from around the world is permitted to join, however we ask that you have an understanding of Vancouver Island and issues in the Cowichan Valley. If you are not a yet a part of the task force but would like be and would like to attend, please apply here.

GUEST SPEAKER

Charuka Maheswaran is a daughter, mother, physician and advocate and proud woman of colour.

Born in Sri Lanka

I was born in Sri Lanka when the bombs started. The civil war between the Singhalese and Tamils was escalating. We were lucky enough to flee.

I was born of a love between a Singhalese and Tamil. I know what it is to be part of two worlds and navigate the connections between.

Grew up in Britain

We were welcomed into a country and a people. I grew up in Wales and the love we were shown endures. I grew up in a country, culture, language and history not my own, but were treated as one of their own. I am a proud daughter of Wales and it is where my love of the hills is founded.

Living on Vancouver Island

We chose to come here to Canada as a family. To lay down roots in the most majestic country I know. This is where I choose to raise my young family and grow old. The promise of Canada and all we can be together in our richness, diversity and kindness is what keeps me here and us connected.

I have been a physician for over 20 years and worked in many fields and countries, having lived and travelled in over 55 countries. I am currently doing a Masters in Public Health at UBC as part of a Public Health physician training programme.