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Shana Hillman

Executive Director

She/Her With 20 years experience in audience development, marketing, fundraising and program development, Shana is especially interested in sustainability in the non-profit sector and helping companies create deeper value and…

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Adom Acheampong

Program Coordinator

She/Her Motivated by the powerful intersection of arts, culture, and community, Adom strives to both create and encourage opportunities for meaningful and fulfilling arts and cultural engagement within Toronto. Holding…

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Chelsea Cameron-Fikis

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

She/Her Chelsea is an enthusiastic writer who enjoys writing for a wide range of audiences and purposes. Chelsea has always had a passion for the written word: she holds a…

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Aniqa Rahman

Programming Assistant She/Her Aniqa Rahman was raised in Scarborough, and has always had a lifelong passion for pursuing community arts and mental health advocacy. With an Honors of Bachelor degree…

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Rabiya Mateen

Communications & Development Assistant She/Her Rabiya Mateen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University in 2017. Through this interdisciplinary program, she studied the…

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East End Arts Board of Directors

Carissa Ainslie

Connections Gallery/Alternative Photo Services

Carissa Ainslie, Carissa (she/her) completed her Bachelor of Design from OCAD University in 2014. Living and working in the east end, she is the Director of the Connections Gallery, a…

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Dave Carey

The Bentway

Dave Carey is a park person, a film-lover, and a Toronto-phile. As Director of Development at The Bentway Conservancy, Dave is helping to re-imagine the forgotten lands under the Gardiner…

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Melanie Fernandez

Centennial College

Melanie Fernandez has over 25 years of leadership experience in the arts and cultural sectors with a focus on exploring innovative frameworks for producing and learning through community-engaged intersectional practices.…

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Kasturi Ghoshal

Alterna Savings

Kasturi has been in the financial services industry for over 33 years. Kasturi was a Senior Branch Manager with one of the big five banks for over 12 years and…

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Heather Kelly

HKC Marketing/The Royal Conservatory

Heather L. Kelly is an award-winning marketing professional with a twenty-five-year history of creating success for some of Toronto’s most significant cultural organizations. Heather is the founder and director of the…

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Robin Sokoloski

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Robin Sokoloski has been the Executive Director of Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) since April 2010 and is a founding member of the Mass Culture/ Mobilisation Culturelle Initiative ( As…

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Peter Venetas

Independant Consultant

Peter Venetas is an independent real estate consultant advising developers, arts organizations, and community groups. Trained as an urban planner, Peter has had the fortune of managing some of Toronto’s…

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