BCom, RECE, Diploma in Psychology, RBT Certificate
Executive Director/Senior therapist/ Classroom Coordinator
Aparna has had a passion for education and advocacy from a young age. She originally pursued a Bachelor’s in Commerce but soon realized her true passion was to work with children and changed course to obtain her diploma in Early Childhood education from Centennial College.
Aparna took her passion and began working as a French immersion teacher and went on to teach at Mentor College. She also was a Job Link facilitator at Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Center. While there she developed and taught the Home Day Care provider course, which has become the basis of the current college courses taught throughout Ontario today.
When she discovered that she had a child with ASD, she changed direction and used all her education and experience with education, law, and Mental Health to find solutions for her child’s success.
Upon learning that other families were facing the same challenges and that there was little help, she decided to form Convergency to support families touched by Autism so that they could get experienced, quality support.
To further that, Aparna is currently in the process of completing courses to obtain her BCBA certification. Her passion is to help children/youth achieve their full potential.
Aparna has spent the past 20+ years learning and supporting children and youth with Autism. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the education field and brings that to the IBI (intensive Behaviour interventions) that she is part of. She provides case management and coordination, in addition to individual care to each of the families, she is blessed to support and firmly believes in ensuring that any and all care is family centered.
Aparna loves to learn and is always looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging, and is always finding innovative new ways to keep children engaged and learning.
She truly believes that everyone deserves a chance to be their best self. Aparna is an active volunteer with H2O4all, her church, and mentoring women fleeing domestic violence.
Meena Chadha (She/her/elle/kw)
BSW, MSW, RSW, BCD, EXAT
Therapist & Registered Social worker
Meena Kumari Chadha is an Indo Canadian Registered Social Worker, self-taught mixed media artist, and creator of whimsical imaginary characters. Her immediate family contains superheroes, social justice workers, artists, teachers, wellness advocates, and political activists. Meena’s art can be called mixed media folk art with a focus on magical realism. Her professional training includes a Bachelor’s and Master of Social work, pottery, textiles, and Expressive Art Therapy.
Meena’s diverse professional and personal experience has given her the honor of working with many people facing violence, addictions, homelessness, physical and mental health issues, and racism. She has developed and executed many psycho/educational and therapy groups, life/social skills workshops, and conflict resolution groups
As a facilitator, Meena strives to provide group participants with a fun safe enough, and inspiring environment where participants can feel witnessed and free to take courageous risks. Her expressive art sessions contain aspects of self-development as well as teaching art techniques.
Meena trusts the act of creating all forms of art can be a getaway to personal, communal, and political transformation and healing. She believes in playful curiosity, principles of equity and egalitarianism, fairies, angels, the power and magic of women, mindfulness, and social justice.
I like to take a moment and acknowledge with the respect that I work, do art and live on the land of the Anishinaaba, Mississauga, and Haudenosaunee peoples. I knowledge the current treaty holders of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation.
This territory is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, as an agreement to belt covenant to peacefully share and care for the Great Lakes Region.
BA Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology
Senior Behaviour Therapist
Donia Babu is a Senior Behaviour Therapist who is passionate about fine arts, teaching, travelling and exploring new areas of developmental psychology and behavioural therapy.
Her professional qualification is composed of a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Masters degree in applied psychology with a specialization in clinical psychology
Donia has professional experience with children with special needs and children with various other physical and mental issues. She also has experience as a consultant psychologist dealing with individuals with various psychological conditions.
Also, she worked as a volunteer in NGOs for suicide prevention and facilitated various seminars for parents and caretakers of children with special needs
Donia’s focus is on inculcating creative thinking with behavioural therapy to make it more welcoming and manageable especially for children. She believes that being kind, punctual and mindful is a key achievement.
SSW, ABA certification
Senior Behaviour Therapist
She currently works with children with autism as a Senior Behavioural Therapist. She has a passion for working with children to help them develop essential skills and realise their potential. She believes our little citizens are our future and as such need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to be able to achieve their goals.
She is also an advocate for children’s mental health and thinks as educators we need to support our children consistently by doing regular check-ins with them.
She has completed a diploma with high Honor in Early Childhood Education and a Degree with Honor in Early Childhood Leadership from Sheridan College.
During her time at Sheridan College, she was instrumental in coordinating Peel Educators Advocating for Childcare and Equity. An advocacy group advocating for better quality childcare and working conditions of ECEs.
Khushleen Grewal is an enthusiastic individual who enjoys contributing to other people’s life. Since childhood, Khushleen has had an interest in medicine and psychology.
After completing her early education in science (Biology) from India, she wanted to apply that knowledge to benefit others. So she moved to Canada to pursue Early Childhood Education from Northern College, Toronto. She also did Medical Terminology anatomy and physiology, phlebotomy from Springdale College, Toronto, ON.
While studying further, she couldn’t restrain herself from helping others and started volunteering for organizations such as Bright Path Childcare, Little Rascal Childcare, Seva Food Bank, Peel Region of Police, Mississauga Community Center, and Big Brother and Big Sister.
Working with these organizations built up Khushleen’s willpower even more. She then met Aparna, who is also helping children with autism through her organization.
Khushleen was impressed by the idea of helping children and started working for Convergency as a Registered Behavioural Therapist.
Khushleen believes, “Money is secondary, what gives her true sense of living is the smiles that she brings on these children and their parents’ faces. And her passion for making other people’s lives better never stops so she wants to pursue Disability Program in the future.
BSW, RSW, M.A.D.S.,ABA
Inina Goldenberg is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson Polytechnic University and later completed her Masters Degree in Disability Studies from Brock University, with a specialty in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Currently, Inina is approved and anticipated to write her exam to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
Inina Goldenberg has worked with individuals with disabilities and their family since 1998, with a wide range of aptitudes, in both public and private sector in the following capacities: Residential Supervisor (various group homes) Social Worker (Geneva Centre for autism) Senior Therapist/clinical supervisor (ASD Achievers Consulting).
Inina develops, trains, coaches and supervises parents, instructional therapists, and staff in homes, schools, and community-based settings while implementing Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI).
Additionally, Inina facilitates regular psycho-educational groups, individual and group counseling, and conducts case coordination case management task-related responsibilities. please feel free to visit her website at yigautism.weebly.com.