Vaaraki Wijayaraj

Clinical Coordinator, Registered Social Services Worker

LANGUAGE(S): English, French, Tamil

You’re allowed to hit rock bottom; from there the only way is up.”


Vaaraki is a Registered Social Service worker with a background in mental health treatment and client advocacy. As part of her training, she completed a post-graduate diploma in addictions and a master’s degree in applied psychology. Throughout her career, Vaaraki has consistently honed her skills and knowledge through a range of certifications and professional development opportunities such as Mental Health First Aid, and Crisis Prevention & Intervention. As part of her commitment to provide culturally competent and inclusive care, Vaaraki has participated in programs like San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, Pieces Learning and Development, and the Rainbow Health LGBT2SQ+ Foundations Training.

Vaaraki maintains a client-centred, strength-based, and trauma-informed approach in her effort to help individuals facing various mental health and substance use challenges. Her goal is to empower clients on their journey to wellness and success in the community. She aims to collaborate with a dynamic multidisciplinary team to ensure the best possible outcomes for every individual she supports


  • Post-Graduate Diploma, Addiction & Mental Health Worker, Centennial College, 2018
  • MSc. Applied Psychology, Specialization in Mental Health, University of Liverpool, 2016
  • B.Sc., Human Biology, Minor in French Language, University of Toronto, 2013


  • Continuously given back to various immigrant communities through charity work, teaching, and volunteering
  • Her work has been selected to be included in the 30 Under 30 recognition program by the Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action with the aim to highlight the achievements of Tamil Women of Excellence
  • Trained vocalist in South Indian classical singing

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