Shobha’s passion is to serve rural poor communities, helping them help themselves out of poverty with dignity. Shobha has been working with SOPAR-Bala Vikasa since she moved from India to Canada in 2004. Right after her studies in 1998 Shobha volunteered for, and later joined Bala Vikasa in India, where she served as program officer until 2003. Shobha earned a certificate in women and leadership from Coady University in 2002 in Nova Scotia, and holds a Masters Degree in Science from University of Madras, India.
Today a mother of three sons and grandmother of six grandchildren, my life journey as an advocate of social justice and activist as a world citizen began at 5 years old, when I personally witnessed the suffering of human beings under colonial power.
I completed a degree in education in England, a post graduate degree in andragogy at UQO and a diploma in international development at UBC. I served indigenous communities in Canada and other parts of the world since 1994, retiring from the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada as acting executive Director and Director of programs in October 2021, when SOPAR hired me as a part time program officer. I am honoured to be part of SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s international family, and to continue being of service among so many people in Canada and in India, all committed to “be the change they want to see in the world.