Established in 2019, Community Tree started as a passion project for a group of driven, creative and young visionaries set out to create the possibility of unity and connection within our community. Out Founder, Meherun Laila, experienced the challenges of coping in a new country, culture, language and community as she lived in four different countries throughout her life – Japan, Bangladesh, USA and Canada. She always felt that there is an absence of opportunity for newcomers to connect with their local neighbors in the new community. Thus, with that sentiment, she rallied her friends and allies to join her in the vision of creating the non-profit organization. Community Tree has organized over 10 in-person and virtual social and career related events, while reaching over 245 newcomers to help them settle into their new community.”


Empower newcomers to create meaningful and lasting connections with their local community through social and welcoming events. Our mission is to create and grow a network of people that support one another and help newcomers flourish and establish themselves in their new community.


Community Tree aims to create and facilitate social connections among newcomers and local residences through a variety of empowering events. The events are focused on highlighting the diversity in the community as well as empowering newcomers and locals to support one another. Our events are also educational, interactive and welcoming for all age, gender, background and ethnicity.

Our Team

Board Members

Laila Meherun, Founder

Unity amongst community is what she stands for. A consultant at TELUS by profession, and also an artist, influencer and an avid traveller. Laila is an empath and a leader by nature with the willingness to help others. To Reach Laila: mehrun.laila@community-tree.com

Priyanka Desai, President

Priyanka is a documentary producer with extensive work experience in digital and television content, spanning over two continents. She believes in telling stories that aspire to bring about change. When she is not chasing stories, she is reading about food history, cuisines and making a travel plan. To Reach Priyanka: priyanka@community-tree.com

Abhi Rampal, VP & Head of Finance

Abhi believes access to equal opportunity is vital for a healthy society. He works as a Software Consultant, when not working, he’s out hiking, reading non-fiction or planning his next vacation. To Reach Abhi: abhi@community-tree.com

Rocio Chao

Rocio Chao is an Industrial Engineer who dreams of being the next Anthony Bourdain. She works as a Performance Improvement consultant and she is that 1 friend in every group who finds new places and convinces everyone else to try. She believes that helping make other people’s lives better will also make hers better. What makes her smile? Food and friends.

Rahul Kharyal

Rahul is an emotionally intelligent person, enthusiastic about being around people, meeting new people, having conversations and seeing places. He is a technical writer and likes to explore wonderful possibilities with the latest disruptive technologies. When not working, he likes to hang out with friends, go on hikes and go on long drives to see the aesthetics of the city.


Sunny Upadhyay

Sunny has previously lived in India, Australia, UK before moving to Canada in 2019. He has been a founder or a founding member of 3 companies and a keen traveller, having been to over 40 countries. He currently does outreach for a federally funded program helping immigrants and refugees.

Faiyaz Qayyum

Faiyaz is a consultant at TELUS by profession with diverse background in IT, planning and marketing. He believes in self learning and helping others share the endless knowledge the world wide web has to offer.

Aanchal Dhir

Aanchal strives to unify members of the community for the betterment of the all. Aanchal is an Asset Manager by profession, but when she’s not crunching numbers she’s busy boxing and travelling.

Gaurang Swarge

Gaurang currently works as a Data Analyst at Greater Vancouver Food Bank, He has been a co founder of a successful business in the past and has been a board member of few non-profit organizations. He is passionate about Outdoors and spends all his free time pursuing rock climbing and mountaineering.

Abhishek Naik

Abhi is an Engineer with a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management. He was also the Social Media Ambassador for Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. Apart from his job, if there is anything thath e is absolutely passionate about then it is, photography especially portrait and wedding photography. Being an outgoing person, he likes to play all sports and loves cricket. What makes him smile: Beers with Friends.