Sharon Sajan

Sharon Sajan is a community worker currently working for the government. Sharon has over 8 years of experience in working with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health, addictions, trauma, and migration-related issues. Sharon is a Malayalee immigrant from India. She is the founder of Sanchari, an organization focused on encouraging South Asian women to explore outdoors. She is passionate about diversity, visibility, and changing narratives.

Some of Sharon’s earliest memories were of getting bullied for her dark skin. From dark skin, large teeth, being underweight, grey hair, body hair, to her post-pubescent curves – Sharon has had a lifetime of experience dealing with body shaming narratives. Over the last few years, Sharon has worked on self-care, self-acceptance, and understanding internalized racism. At 27, Sharon is 7 months into growing out her grey hair, and excited about her marbled black and white hair.

Sharon is an avid outdoors lover, solo camper, and solo backcountry backpacker. She has hiked & camped through Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and California. She is often one of the only coloured bodies on Canadian trails. Sharon is part of a growing group of outdoor community members trying to change narratives on who occupies the outdoors. This is what prompted Sharon to create Sanchari – an organization focusing on empowering South Asian Women to embrace the outdoors.