Board of Directors
Mr. Raj Thavaratnasingham is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for over 15 years, a graduate of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS, Pilani) in India. Raj has strong interest in advocating for volunteerism and political engagement: his many volunteer positions include serving in the Planned Giving Committee for the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, Program Advisory Committee Member – Centennial College’s Progress Campus School of Business Administration; and a board member of the Association of Sri Lankan Gradates of Canada. Raj has also received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 10 years of volunteerism and in 2011 was awarded the “Urban Hero” award in Health & Science for his work with the hospital by the Scarborough Mirror. In 2012 he was also the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Canada.
Dr. Vadivelu Santhakumar
Dr. V. Santhakumar is the lead family Physician at his Center City Medical Clinic which is a multi service primary care clinic in Mississauga. He is the Founder, past president, current Director of the Canadian Tamil Medical Association (CTMA), previously known as CMDDA, a registered charity in Canada. Dr. Santhakumar has participated in many fundraising activities for this organization to provide medical humanitarian assistance to the developing countries, and organized many health education seminars for new immigrant community, published heath care magazine with the aim of educating the new immigrants in healthcare issues and conducted and participated in community health education in Radio and Television shows. Dr. Santhakumar is the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award given to him in appreciation of his volunteer service with the community. Dr. Santhakumar is also part of the clinical teaching staff at the Mississauga campus University of Toronto School of Medicine.
Christeen Seevaratnam is Host Facilitator/Settlement Worker at Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and also a Funeral Counsellor at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. She has a great passion towards volunteerism and helping everyone in need. She has served Tamil Catholic Community of Toronto (TCCT) as its secretary for many years and currently serves as its President. Christeen has co-chaired several of the annual Tamil Canadian walk-a-thons, including the one in aid of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, which raised over $65,000 in 2013. She has also coordinated the annual Thai Pongal Gala Dinner’s hosted by CTC for many years. Christeen has also received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 5 years of volunteerism in 2012.
Mr. Suresh Muththaiah is a Senior Manager at CIBC Mellon and has been working in the investment industry for nearly three decades. As an avid community worker, Suresh has been involved with many different community organisations in Toronto dedicating himself promoting youth development and Tamil Culture. Suresh played an instrumental role in bringing the largest Tamil Convention in North America, FeTNA Convention, to Toronto for the very first time in July 2013. Suresh is also very good at playing chess and was a formidable member of his school team.
Board of Directors
Mr. Siva Velupillai holds a Diploma in computer studies and works for Bell Canada Communication as a member of its Regional Resolution Team for the last sixteen years. In addition, he owns and operates a very successful Real Estate Agency business in Brampton. He is also CTC’s representative Board of Director of the Federation of Tamils of North America (FeTNA – an organization that connects members all across USA and Canada) and was in the committee that recently held a very successful Tamil conference in USA. As an old student of RKM Shivananda Vidyalaya Batticaloa and as the president of the Alumni Association of Shivanandians in Canada, he works very closely with organizations and groups that provide rehabilitation assistance in Sri Lanka. He was one of the leaders in 1977 that handled the resettlement and rehabilitation affairs of the people who were displaced by the communal disturbances in Sri Lanka. One interesting hobby of Siva is to update his Face Book daily with a stanza of the Tamil Thirukkural, under the caption “Thirukkural Arakkattalai Maiyam” accompanied by an English translation by Rev. Dr. G.U. Pope, providing an elucidation of the stanza.
Mrs. Raveena Rajasingham is a National Cardiology clinical and product specialist for Spacelabs Healthcare and is currently pursuing her PhD in Hypertension Measurement and Management. She is a part time ECG instructor at CJ College. Raveena has more than 15 years of history of social justice change, and community development work, she is passionate and proactive in her approach to promoting diversity in its broadest sense. Currently she is a board member of Pickering Royal Canadian Legion and Chair of Youth Education. She also serves as a chair of Durham Diversity Society. Raveena was selected to be on the Ajax Pan Am Host Committee from 2013-2015. She is also the community expert and consultant for Ajax and Pickering Public Library Science Fair. She has initiated and conducted numerous Tamil events with town, city and school board in Durham region including introducing Tamil Reading Circle at Ajax Public Library. Her contribution to the community was recognized by Town of Ajax and Pickering. She received Cultural Diversity Award from City of Pickering, Diversity and Community Engagement Award and Education award from Town of Ajax. In addition Raveena has been very active board member in many Tamil associations.
Mr. Raj Gunaratnam is a Computer Science graduate from University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and currently works as Device Realization Team Lead at Telus. He is a community activist, a long time volunteer and a community leader. He is a strong advocate for youth engagement and empowerment. During his time at the University, he served as President of the Tamil Student Association, and one year as President of the University Students’ Union. Some of his accomplishment includes, starting Tamil classes at the University, serving as the Public Relation coordinator for the Tamil Studies Coordinating Committee and a co-chair for the Tamil Heritage Month Committee at its inauguration year.