Anita is inspired by Dr. Ambedkar’s words: Educate. Agitate. Organize. Anita takes the vision for Moving Forward Family Service's future... and creates action!
Anita Lal is a fourth generation settler, born and raised on the traditional territory of Lhtako Dene and Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations. Her Biji, Thakuri Kaur Lal, instilled in her the Sikh values of seva, social justice and advocacy from a young age.
These values fuel her work as the co-founder of Poetic Justice Foundation where she has been creating impactful and transformative programming, organizing, and activating the South Asian community. Her approach is always inclusive, intersectional and critical; she draws attention to biases, inequalities and oppressive systems of casteism, racism and discrimination. Recently, her work has focused on creating space and dialogue around anti-casteism and the Dalit narrative.
Anita strongly believes in giving back to the community and serves on Boards and Advisory Committees for the Province of BC’s Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, South Asian Studies Institute at The University of the Fraser Valley, and Seva Thrift Society.
Anita supports the Moving Forward Family Services team, and the agency's sustainable future with her experience and systems-focused perspectives.