Indo-Canadian Arts and Culture Initiative
Mokshi Virk - Founder
A successful Real Estate Broker with Homelife Silvercity Realty Inc. Brokerage. Virk is already a busy woman helping her clients buy and sell property and holding homebuyers seminars and workshops for her clients.
But despite that Virk always manages to take time out to do something for her community, as her way of giving back. “Being a Realtor is financially satisfying but doing something for your community is emotionally satisfying.”
Chitralekha Potnis - Director
Chitralekha has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. She has Post Graduate Diplomas in Digital Electronics & Microprocessors and in Industrial Management. She has more than thirty years of professional experience in industry, academics, education management, and management. She has published 50 technical research papers nationally and internationally, and has been on various advisory committees of International Conferences on Engineering Education. She has-been invited to give lectures several times, especially on Institute, Industry Interaction, Quality of Engineering Education, Teaching Methodologies, Institute Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Curriculum Design & Development. She has been socially active in arranging and participating in several conferences.
She has worked with street children on some UNICEF project. One of these projects aimed to get street children and child labourers off the streets and into school by explaining the importance of education to the children and their parents. Another project was directed towards young girls being forced into prostitution due to poverty and destitution. The project educated the girls as well as the parents by making them aware about not only the risks of exposing girls at a young age to physical and sexual abuse but also the moral decrepitude behind such actions. The aim was to explain to parents and girls the importance of empowering the girls, and the importance and benefits of education to society in general and their families in particular.
She was one out of few specially trained by the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) to be women entrepreneurs.
She has counselled women who have been injured at work and were out of a job, and has helped them in choosing a different career through continuing education followed by being gainfully employed. She firmly believes that it is essential for women to be gainfully employed or entrepreneurs to maintain their dignity and self respect.
She has worked as an Executive Committee member of Marathi Bhashik Mandal Toronto, which is a social organization of people speaking one of the Indian languages who live in the GTA.
She was awarded a Woman Hero award in the field of Education at the 6th Annual Celebrating Womanhood 2018 Gala by the Indo-Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (ICACI).
She is a currently the President and Co Owner of Peel College of Professional Studies, a college that is owned and operated by women.