Born in India, Aruna immigrated to Canada in 1972 with an equivalent of a grade three education, a loveless arranged marriage and two young daughters. Aruna is the eldest of seven siblings, six girls and one boy. Working at several menial jobs to support her family, she earned her first Masters at York University in 1989, Arbitration Dispute Resolution Certification in 1997 also from York University and a second Masters in Adult Education from Central Michigan University.
Working with other women from the South Asian community, Aruna founded 3 non-profit organizations in Canada to assist victims of domestic violence and new immigrants. Her service achievements have been widely covered by the media, including CBC's "The Journal", CBC Radio "Morningside", and "Canada A.M." Her work has also been recognized nationally; among other citations. Aruna is the recipient of several awards and recognitions from governmental and non-profit agencies including: 1997 National Commemorative Award, 1993 Volunteer Recognition, Centennial College, 1991 YWCA, Toronto "Women of Distinction Award" 1989 Sun, Toronto Paper, "Women on the Move" Award and the "Life Time Achievement Award" from the South Asian Community in Toronto.
Aruna has written extensively on the subject domestic violence/intimate partner violence and how it differs from honour based violence. As an educator and Keynote Speaker, Aruna is in demand nationally and internationally. In her private practice, Aruna conducts Cultural Competency workshops for front line service providers such as teachers, police officers, social workers and health care service providers. Some of her clients include the York Regional Police, Edmonton and Calgary Police, BC Police, St. Catharine's Police, crown attorneys, area hospitals and school boards as well as several non-profit agencies.
Aruna has been a member of the Board of Governors and board of Directors of several institutions, including Centenary Hospital and Centennial College in Toronto. Her experience and educational background has led to her participation on various task forces and governmental committees. She is also in demand as a Consultant, Workshop facilitator and Motivational Speaker for organizations such as the National Panel on "Violence Against Women", Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, the National Judiciary Institute, public and separate school boards in Toronto, the London (Ontario) Family Clinic, the Metro Housing authority and the Ontario Provincial Police. Aruna was selected as one of the three candidates to represent Canada at the 57thsession of the United Nations where she spoke on the topic of how honour based violence differs from other forms of violence.
Aruna's experience included both management and advisory positions at the provincial and national levels. Over the years, much of her work has been with people in conflict and crisis situations. She brings this powerful blend of experience and learning to her work in family and workplace mediation and conflict resolution practice.
Aruna is a published author and her publications include:
Aruna is a columnist for the Journals
Aruna’s new book “Daughters of Kismet” is due in Spring, 2016
Aruna Papp's Keynote, Ending Violence Association's Training Forum: Transforming Risk, Safety Strategies for Life (November 26, 2010)
Ezra Levant and Aruna Papp, Multiculturalism's War on Women
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: The Trouble with Honour Killings (February 26, 2014)