Dr. Ananya Banerjee is the principal investigator for the South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program and the Sri Lankan  Migrants and Diabetes Study. She is the Program Director and Assistant Professor for the Division of Social & Behavioural Sciences (Health Promotion) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, with expertise in developing culturally sensitive lifestyle interventions for SA populations at risk for diabetes guided by health behaviour change theories.

Principal Investigator



Avantika is the Research Coordinator for the South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program and the Sri Lankan Migrants and Diabetes Study. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BSc. in Health Studies Co-Op and completed her MSc. in Global Health at McMaster University, with a specialization in Global Health Management. Her interest lies in grassroots community development work and program evaluation, including health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, and youth- and women-led community programming. She also has a strong interest in health research, specifically examining high-risk ethnic groups and their susceptibility to chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

Research Coordinator



Natasha holds a Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Global Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is a part-time doctoral student in the Health Services Research stream at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Research Assistant


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Nuzha Hafleen is currently completing her MPH in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Health Promotion), with a Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy. Nuzha is interested in evidence-based population health interventions, health evaluation and healthy public policy. She has a strong interest in health equity, particularly among ethnic minority populations.  Nuzha has extensive experience working frontline with various marginalized groups.

Research Assistant



Anisha Mahajan is a Registered Dietitian working full time in Toronto and has her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition and Dietetics from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Anisha completed her undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Nutrition and Food and her Dietetic Internship from ARAMARK Inc. Currently, she is involved in two research projects at her current place of employment and is the co-chair of a Dietitians of Canada network.

Registered Dietitian



Marlon Teekah is a registered Kinesiologist with a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. He currently runs his own personal training business and is involved in various community physical education initiatives.  Life experiences have inspired him to develop the “1 to 23 Ratio” concept. This idea is purpose of his company, and emphasizes how 1 hour of training can help someone thrive in the other 23 hours of their life.

Registered Kinesiologist



Nazima Qureshi is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health
in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the founder of Nutrition by Nazima,
which aims to provide evidenced-based nutrition information for Muslim women in the form of partnership opportunities, written communication, workshops, programs, and individual e-counseling. Nazima aims to help Muslim women achieve their health goals with the help of culturally
sensitive nutrition information.

Registered Dietitian


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Shindujan Yogaratnam is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and Level 2 Certified with the Exercise is Medicine Canada. He had graduated from York University, with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Post-graduation, he has developed a significant interest in working with physical activity programs catering to those living with chronic diseases and physical impairment in addition to individuals keen on physical maintenance.

Registered Kinesiologist



Dr. Taryn Becker, Dr. Raymond Fung, Dr. Enza Gucciardi,Dr. Sepali Guruge, Ms. Jannah Wigle,
Dr. Harpreet Bajaj, Dr. Russell de Souza, Dr. Baiju Shah and Dr. Jennifer Price


Community Advisory Team (SLMDS)

Mathura Karunanithy, Saratha Karunanithy, Janani Kodeeswaran, Lathika Laguwaran,
Tharshini Parames, Gauthamie Poolokasingham, Aarabhi Rajendiran, Jaitra Sathyandran,
Vasuki Shanmuganathan,Tharshini Sivananthajothy, Mehathie Sivakumaran, Haran Vijayanathan,
Umayangga Yogalingam, Shindujan Yogaratnam


Steering Committee (SAADAP)

Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran, Mireille Landry, Erika Kouzoukaz, Kamna Mehra, Vanita Pais, Siva Swaminathan, Jovita Sundaramoorthy, Balneet Singh, Saeeda Irfan, Mokshi Virk, Priya Prabhakar


Youth Advisory Board (SAADAP)

Ananya Kakkar, Kevin Virk, Sarojini Dharmaraj, Jhanvi Shah, Gurleen Ghotra, Kushmeet Grewal,
Juhi Thakkar, Amaresh Bhaskaran, Isha Dalal




Ravnit Dhak

Erika Kouzoukas

Amina Khan

Nousin Hussain

Evelyn Ascencio

Shudipta Islam

Dr. Inderjit Bhatia

Kulsajan Bhatia

Harsimran Arora

Sahana Kesavarajah

Neha Modgil

Karthika Yogaratnam

Aasha Gnanalingam


Our sincerest wishes for all the individuals and organizations that have worked and
collaborated with us in the past. We are very grateful for all your efforts and wish you the
best in all your future endeavors:

Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran

Mireille Landry
Maha Zawi
Debbie Childerhose
Neil Stephens
Ammara Shafique

Mina Bhardwaj

Munira Abdulwasi