It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chitra Pershad Reddin.
Chitra was a beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend whose generous spirit and kind heart are remembered with love and gratitude. Born in New Delhi in 1945, Chitra began travelling the world with her family as a small child while her father embarked on a successful career in the Indian diplomatic service.
Chitra, her younger brother Deepak and their parents lived in Ottawa, New York City and Damascus in the 1950s and 60s. After returning to India, Chitra became a published poet and professor of English Literature.
In 1971, at the age of 26, she immigrated to Canada by herself to begin a new chapter of her life while continuing her graduate studies. Upon earning her PhD from Dalhousie University in 1978, Chitra courageously launched an entirely new career in corporate communications. She continued moving between the corporate and academic worlds throughout her long, successful career.
Upon retiring in 2012, Chitra spent time with family and friends along with exploring her passions for reading, cooking and creative writing. As a feminist, Buddhist and global citizen, Chitra led a courageous, principled and fiercely independent life. She is survived by her brother Deepak, her son Andrew and son-in-law Alexey, along with the many close friends, nieces, nephews and cousins who all adored her. She is deeply loved and missed.
In remembrance of Chitra's life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the Red Door Family Shelter. You can make a donation online at https://www.reddoorshelter.ca/ways-to-give/tribute-gift