Anita Desai

208-211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Executive Director
Organization/University:St. Leonard’s Society of Canada

Anita joined St. Leonard's Society of Canada in 2009, conducting research on integrated and cooperative approaches for successful community reintegration of prisoners with mental health problems and illness. She developed additional research initiatives on second stage housing for former prisoners through work on the Homes for the 'Hard to House' project. In 2017, Anita became Executive Director of SLSC. She continues to oversee research and policy work, in addition to supporting SLSC’s member agencies and advancing collaborative relationships and communication among individuals and organization dedicated to social justice. Anita holds a B.A. in Criminology and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Windsor and wrote her thesis on homelessness in mid-sized cities.

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