Ratna Basappa


Ratna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Economics, Political Science, and Public Administration. She also holds an Accounting Diploma and is a certified Systems Analyst from NAIT. Her work experience of 35 years includes 27 years with Legal Aid Society of Alberta in their Information Technology department as a Manager and System Analyst. 

Ratna has been volunteering since she was 12 years old. Currently, Ratna is a board member and Vice-Chair of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinate Council (ESCC), The Age-Friendly Edmonton (AFE) – a member of the Diversity and Inclusion hub and Board Director of the Mill Woods Seniors Association (MWSA).

More recently she served on the Board of the ICWA as Director and subsequently as a two-term President. She was the Ambassador for Age of Wisdom Project.  Ratna also served as Board Secretary on the Council of India Societies of Edmonton for 8 years.

Ratna brings to the AAMS Board a wealth of administrative and organizational experience, as well as keen insight as to the dispute resolution needs of targeted communities of many cultures, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, new immigrants to Canada, and people of special needs.

A strong individual with compassion for the troubled, Ratna has traditionally been on the front lines – looking for gaps in the system and fighting for the underdog.  As a project manager, she is far more than just a planner. She unhesitatingly rolls up her sleeves to ensure the job gets done, and would not ask another to do anything she wouldn’t do herself.