Kaberi Sarma-Debnath, RSW, has held the position of Executive Director of the Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador (MWONL) from the year 2000. She has over 25 years of experience in program planning and delivery in the field of women’s economic and social equality, violence prevention, newcomer’s social integration both in Canada and internationally. Prior to joining the MWONL, Kaberi worked with the Health and Community Services - St. John's region and as a professor at an university in South-east Asia. In her community work, she actively works with issues including violence against women and older immigrants; employment challenges, settlement and integration, seniors’ issues and human rights. Kaberi leads the innovative culturally appropriate gender-based programs to assist and empower newcomer, immigrant women and families in the province.
She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the St John’s Status of Women, NL Elder Abuse Committee, NL Association for Social Worker and many more. Currently, she has been serving as the provincial representative with the RCMP Commissioners Diversity Advisory Committee. Being the training manager of MWONL's Trans-cultural Competency and Awareness Training (TCCA), she has been invited to present at various university and college programs. She has also attended various organizations as a guest speaker to give cultural competency training to educators and health care professional and other service providers all the year round. She has published 2 books, produced more than 10 reports and several articles for newspapers and magazines.
Kaberi has her Master’s Degree in Social Work.
She was the one of the nominees for 2017 Women of Distinction Award, an award that celebrates the leadership and accomplishments of local women who contribute to the development and well-being of other women and to the overall improvement of the St. John's community. Kaberi credits her mother and family for laying a foundation of her feminist and empowerment work.
Multicultural Women’s Organization of NL (MWONL)
Tel: 709.726.0321, 709.351.4760 (cell)
NUPORT BUILDING, Box # 9
44 Torbay Road, St. John's, NL, A1A 2G4