The Team

Laxmi Parthasarathy


As Executive Director of MY ROOTS and Editor-in-chief of its publication, Laxmi is responsible for overseeing the development and growth of the organization. She manages and collaborates with a fabulous team of dedicated and enthusiastic changemakers.

Laxmi currently works at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington, DC and has been involved in the civil society sector for over a decade. She is also an executive board member of Crossroads International, a Canadian NGO with a mission to eradicate poverty, and ensure the rights of women and girls are fulfilled globally.

Laxmi became engaged in Malvern’s community development efforts through the Girl Guides of Canada and later when she launched Alexander Stirling’s Homework and Mentorship Program in partnership with West Hill C.I. She has written about Malvern for the Globe and Mail, is also a member of the Governor General’s Order of Canada Mentorship Program and a recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 award.

She worked on Gender, Development and Media projects in Swaziland, India, Rwanda, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Spain, and the UK. Laxmi completed a BA at Carleton University in Ottawa on a TD Scholarship and holds an MSc in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Laxmi is fascinated with the media, its power to influence and how it can be leveraged to facilitate dialogue. She loves learning about new media innovations that address the future of journalism, media, and evolving audiences.

Elementary School:  Alexander Stirling Public School
High school:  West Hill Collegiate Institute
Favourite Malvern Memory:  Going to Ballet classes at the Malvern Recreation Centre




Hilori Kaloti

Co-founder/Managing Editor

Hilori is Managing Editor of MY ROOTS. She began writing and editing articles for her high school newspaper many years ago and shortly after graduating, Hilori was approached about becoming a member of MY ROOTS. She eagerly accepted and looked forward to the opportunity to make a difference in her community. Hilori has had the opportunity to write and review numerous articles on some of the outstanding achievements and events happening around Malvern and the city of Toronto.

Hilori completed her Bachelors of Business Adminstration from the University of Toronto and her Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

She has also worked in a number of industry roles at Telus, Microsoft Canada and she currently works for The Hershey Company in Pennsylvania.

Hilori also enjoys working on her photography and is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Elementary school:  Emily Carr Public School
High school:  West Hill Collegiate Institute
Favourite Malvern Memory:  Going to summer camp at Emily Carr


Devin Persaud

Co-founder/Finance Director

Devin has been involved in community strengthening for over a decade. He was a founding member of the Malvern Youth Cabinet, and the initiator of the first ever Scarborough Student Leadership Conference, all while managing grade 12.

He strives to highlight the great things that are happening in Malvern, and to showcase the immense and diverse talent in the community.

Devin is an innovative and creative problem solver. He wears many hats for MY ROOTS as he manages development strategies and logistic planning, sponsorship, fundraising initiatives and occasionally writes the Alumni column. He’s driven by helping others achieve their dreams and goals.

Devin completed his undergraduate degree in Business at the Schulich School of Business at York University on a Millennium Scholarship and began working in the consumer packaged goods industry as a Supply Chain Manager. Since then, Devin has completed the JD program at Ottawa University and currently works at Borden Ladner Gervais.

In his free time, Devin loves watching Cricket matches and reading Science Fiction novels.

Elementary school:  Heritage Park Public School
High school:  RH King Academy
Favourite Malvern Memory:  Community Walk events for the United Way


Natasha Rajaratnam

Co-founder/ Public Relations Co-ordinator

Natasha joined the team four years ago because it was a wonderful opportunity to get more involved with her community and a way for her to develop her own leadership and communication skills. She was very excited with all of the opportunities for growth that were coming her way after helping to launch MY ROOTS.

In her role as PR Co-ordinator, Natasha has done everything from plastering Morningside and Sheppard with posters for upcoming MY ROOTS events to writing announcements for local distribution. She has also written several articles for the paper.

Writing for MY ROOTS has taught Natasha about many of the issues that are important to her community. She has learned about some of the problems affecting youth in Malvern and some of the remarkable achievements of individuals who have overcome adversity. After completing the first issue of MY ROOTS, Natasha was extremely impressed with the product and proud to say that she played a significant role in its creation.

She hopes to learn as much as she can from her other team members while giving back to the community that has provided Natasha so many outstanding opportunities.

Natasha completed her undergraduate degree in Health Studies and Psychology at the University of Toronto and is now an Instructor Therapist at Mackenzie Health Hospital.

Elementary school:  Alexander Stirling Public School
High school:  West Hill Collegiate Institute
Favourite Malvern Memory:  Playing games such as SPUD with all the kids in the neighbourhood!