Board of Directors

Vibhuti Mehra

Board Chair

Vibhuti is a seasoned community builder with an extensive background in leading community collaborations and developing innovative programs. She is fueled by seeing individuals, organizations, and communities realize their full potential. Vibhuti currently work as the Director of Programs at Elizabeth Fry Toronto, a non-profit organization that delivers gender based, trauma informed services and advocates for justice and equity for women and non-binary people who are criminalized and their families. In almost two decades of her practice at diverse national, regional, and local community-based non-profit organizations in Canada and the United States, Vibhuti has worked on a range of social justice issues – dignified care and support for people impacted by HIV/AIDS and people who use drugs; inclusive and safer services for 2SLGBTQ+ community members; rights of workers with family and caregiving responsibilities; enhancing the healthcare system’s response to domestic violence; and grassroots organizing, advocacy, and education to raise awareness about domestic violence in the South Asian community.

Christina Dawson


Christina is an Inspector with York Regional Police. She believes community is a key component for individual recovery, from crisis to strength. She strives to create a safe space for clients to access multiple services in a network of support which is easily accessible through YRCCS. Christina would like to thank all the community partners for their collaboration and commitment, and to our funding donors who contribute to our vision, to build a safer community for those affected by violence.

Carley Valente

Board Member

Carley is an Assistant Crown Attorney in the Newmarket Crown Attorney’s Office and is a designated Intimate Partner Violence Crown and Human Trafficking Crown.  She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Criminology, as well as her law degree, at the University of Toronto, and was called to the Bar in 2010.  She has dedicated her academic, volunteer and professional endeavors to addressing gendered violence and violence against children, with a specific focus on sexual violence.  Carley is grateful for the opportunity to support YRCCS in realizing a safer community for those affected by violence and abuse.

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