Retu Jalhan, Executive Director of We Are Your Sisters
Retu has always been an ambassador for change and innovation. During her undergratuate studies Retu won the coveted title of Miss India-Canada 2000. During her year she lead organizations in the Indo-Canadian community to have greater social impact. She Chaired the Kesri Youth Awards, where the achievements of South Asian Youth were celebrated. She also was a board member of ASAAP, where she helped develop programs to educate the South Asian diaspora about AIDS and HIV.
Along side her philanthropic pursuits, Retu worked diligently on her career in Banking and Insurance. In 2011 Retu graduated with her MBA in Marketing and Finance from Rollins College. During her academic career at Rollins she received the SunTrust Leader of Merit Award and won the first place prize in the Rollins Business Venture Plan Competition. Post-graduation Retu co-founded an investment firm, The RMP Group, where she currently leads the financial analysis and valuation of acquisition opportunities.
Now with a career in Finance Retu realizes how underrepresented females are in this sector and furthermore, how economically disadvantaged women are world wide. Her research has lead to the discovery that until women assert their economic power they will continue to be subject to oppression and trafficking. Retu thereby created the Viveka Foundation a non-profit organization aimed at supporting the fight against rape and human trafficking world wide. She is the Executive Director of the "We Are Your Sisters" Campaign which along side the Miss India Canada Organization will host an annual Yogathon Fundraiser.
Meenakshi Sharma, Chair Ottawa Events and Fundrasing
Meenakshi was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate studies in December 2010. She received her Honours of Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Economics and Business from Carleton University.
Meenakshi now works full time for the Government of Canada. Meenakshi has always been involved with local organizations through school, work, and the community. She led several roles with the Carleton University Indian Student Association, the Carleton University Indian Dance Team, and Amnesty International at Carleton University. She is currently heavily involved with the Ontario South Asian Association managing the role of Media and Public Relations for the annual South Asian Festival held in the month of August in Ottawa.
Meenakshi has always had a passion and interest in voicing her concern and desire to help on the issue of human trafficking and more so women’s rights. In January 2013, Meenakshi organized a candlelight vigil in Ottawa held at the centennial flame at Parliament Hill in memory of the young Indian woman who died after being gang raped and beaten in New Delhi. Meenakshi wishes to continue holding such events in the future to ensure that brutality towards children, young girls, and women is stopped.
Aanchal Dogra, Chair Toronto Events and Fundraising
Success, achievement, challenge, guts & glamour are just a few attributes of Aanchal.
Aanchal is armed with a dual specialization in Bachelors in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Alternative Medicines. Within the realm of Physical Therapy, Aanchal is also a certified Yoga Therapist and teaches Ashtanga Yoga under her home company named Nataraja Yoga to people of all age groups.
Aanchal was crowned Miss India Canada in 2009. She believes in the "Spirit to Serve" and is deeply involved with an NGO named Vikas Paath which develops infrastructure for the less priviledged in rural areas and assists in primary education in New Delhi, India.
Aanchal is also invovled with, Smile Train Organization: The world's largest cleft lip charity, SOS Children's villages, India & Overseas, "Passion for Pink": The Canadian Cancer Society and Shanti Daan that deals with orphans suffering from Spastics & Paralysis.