Dr. Parvathy Kanthasamy, PhD
Parvathy Kanthasamy has taught in universities such as Stanford, Toronto, York, Vidyalankara, Jaffna, and Manonmanium Sundaranar. She earned her doctorate at Monash University, Australia through Monash Graduate Scholarship and obtained a Senior Fulbright Fellowship from Stanford University. Language, Linguistics, Culture and Diasporic Studies are some of the academic fields on which her teaching career is based. Currently, she is engaged in a research project with Ryerson University studying the suicide cases among Canadian Tamil men to develop prevention strategies to mitigate this self-violence. As one of the key founding members of Vasantham, She continues to work with Vasantham in different capacities since 1999. As a creative artist, she wrote, directed, and acted in her plays entitled “Wounded Birds,” “Weeping Lotus,” “Smoldering Volcanos,” “Palm Leaves Burning,” “Mind cuff,” and “Winter hawks.” To raise awareness among Canadian Tamil women, she published books on Shelter, Alcoholism, Sensuality, Depression, Elder Abuse, Gambling and the Prevention of Venereal Diseases. She works as a counselor and researcher at the organization for Canadian immigrants and natives.