Chandra has been a dedicated volunteer since she came to Canada from the UK in 1981. She has volunteered with community organizations, schools and not-for-profits in Winnipeg, St John’s and Ottawa.
She has volunteered preparing income tax returns for seniors, students, newcomers and those with low income since 1984. Chandra held a number of board of director’s positions and was the treasurer for various school councils. She has served on the selection committees for the Prime Ministers’ Award for Teaching Excellence (2003-2006) and the Carol Thompson Memorial Fund Scholarship for students with learning disabilities (1996-2007).
She has been a volunteer auditor for the International Personnel Management Association of Canada, World Action Mondale, the Buddhist Congress of Canada (1998-2019) and Sri Lanka Canada Association Ottawa (2005-2019).
She is a founding director of the Sri Lanka Association of Manitoba and the Association for New Canadians in St. John’s. More recently, she is a founding organizer of the seniors’ group providing services to Sri Lankan Canadian seniors which is supported by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa.
Chandra has worked in the charitable sector as a controller and director of finance and for two crown corporations as internal auditor.