LAKESHORE ARTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Mark has been a teacher at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute since 2006 and serves as the liaison between LCI and Lakeshore Arts. Prior to this, Mark worked as a web and graphic designer for clients ranging from multinational corporations to local not for profits. He believes that the most important and impactful changes start at the community level. Mark and his family have been living in Longbranch since 2002 and he has been a member of the Board since 2012.

Marijana has been a resident of Mimico since 2015 and a member of the Lakeshore Arts board since 2014. She has extensive experience guiding the positive transformation and engagement of numerous groups including: children, youth, students, newcomers and young women. She seeks out capacity building opportunities that recognize value in collaboration and that incorporate the wisdom and experiences community members bring to the table.

Jennifer is a long time resident of Mimico and New Toronto, having lived in these neighbourhoods since 1966. She has seen many changes over the years and is now enjoying the positive changes that are taking place in these neighbourhoods. Jennifer has worked for Alterna Savings Credit Union for 10 years, currently as a personal banker. She is busy with her husband, 2 kids, and a dog and when able, she enjoys running and crossfit training.

Karen Ridley is a retired elementary school principal and a longtime resident of Long Branch.  Her passion is fiber arts – quilting, knitting, sewing, batik, natural dyeing.  She is a long time supporter of Lakeshore Arts and the work they do in promoting the arts in the Lakeshore area.
Justine Abraham is a passionate arts advocate who intends to put her energy towards supporting youth accessibility and participation in the arts. After having taught many classes as a Youth Arts Educator during university, Justine was determined to remain connected to her creativity – by helping young people become involved in the arts. After recently graduating from Humber College with a certificate in Arts Management, her newest self-discovery is her love and passion for fundraising and stewardship. Justine has also acquainted herself with the diverse music scene thriving in downtown Toronto. She currently works at a music promotion company that collaborates with large-scale festivals across Ontario as a talent buyer, as well as a presenter of live concerts – for every genre from jazz to country – locally in the city.
Rafiq Al Gailani is a business development leader with expertise in advising on large scale international trade mandates, and principal government relations. During his career, Rafiq also served as Vice President, Head of Fund Services and Client Management MENA at Deutsche Bank; and in senior advisory roles with leading multinationals in Boston, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Toronto.  Rafiq holds a BSc in Management from Bentley University in Massachusetts, and has completed multiple executive programs. Rafiq resides in the Lakeshore area, shares a great passion for arts, community development and is a firm believer in selfless service.
Kathy Dimas, is a passionate Artist. As a trained Dancer in Ballet she has performed in classical ballet, Latin folklore and modern Latin dance. Her love of art started with the visual arts and continued with photography. It is through her love of the arts that has taken her to volunteer as a dance teacher for the youth and to get involve as a board member with Lakeshore Arts. She is a Professional Accountant with over 15 year experience. She is a board member acting as Treasurer and sits as top management of Carl Zeiss Canada.
Natassha Feo is a newcomer to the Mimico community, officially moving the area in March 2016. With a background in corporate communications, Natassha is a professional storyteller who is passionate about crafting narrative to build engagement, understanding and participation. She is an avid reader, perpetual languages student (currently adding Italian and ASL to her native Spanish) and lover of written art.
Lindsey is a newer resident of Etobicoke with a lifelong passion for the Arts. As a digital marketing professional, she helps companies like Samsung, Penguin Random House and Merrell find their brand stories and tell them online. An avid dancer, traveller and nature lover, Lindsey looks forward to deepening both community and artistic ties through her role at Lakeshore Arts.
Marc has been manager of BMO Mimico since 2014 and acted as a volunteer and supporter of Lakeshore Arts for much of that time. Prior to this, he spent a number of years as a journalist for various newspapers across the province. Marc believes in the power of arts to transform communities and looks forward to building ties with other local organizations.
Bill Mclean has been a resident of Mimico since 2008. He and his partner Cathy Ledden run Ledden Design iT, a boutique communications design company.  He has a long time interest in the arts and community and has been a Lakeshore Arts Board member since 2012.
Samyuktha Punthambekar is a versatile Indian Classical dancer, arts educator and arts manager. She is trained in the Bharathanatyam dance form from the prestigious Kalakshetra Foundation Chennai, India. Samyuktha has performed at prestigious festivals in India, U.A.E, Switzerland, Malaysia and now in Canada. In Canada, Samyuktha was a senior dance teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy and also performed for the company. She is very actively involved in the arts in Toronto and has volunteered at numerous festivals and organizations. She won the VACCT award, 2016 for her volunteering contributions. As an arts administrator, Samyuktha has worked for Dancer Transition Resource Center and Sunny Artist Management. Currently, she is enrolled in Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program and is interning at the TAF and the TAC. She won the OAC’s grant for her studies at Humber and also received the Dean’s Award for the program in 2016. Samyuktha resides in Mississauga and looks forward to being part of Lakeshore Arts and contributing to the community.
Robyn is a passionate supporter of all things community, arts and culture in Toronto. By day, she manages BMO Wealth Management’s employee charitable giving program specializing in non-profit partnership development, community investment and volunteer engagement. Robyn is a design and photography enthusiast and a dedicated supporter of Lakeshore Arts, the AGO and other organizations committed to enhancing the well-being of others and community through art. Robyn currently resides in West Toronto but Mimico holds a very special place in her heart.
Doha has always been a supporter of the arts and believes in the importance of art education.  She works as a finance director for a surgery practice and has a background in equity analysis. She has a great passion for civic engagement and serves as the program director for the Canadian Muslim Vote, where she is developing a Youth Internship Program to engage youth in politics. Doha lives in Oakville with her husband and her two young boys.
May studied Canadian communities, works with new immigrants to Canada and has been involved in the arts in her experiences in stylist work, TV and music.  She has a new interest in Lakeshore Arts because of its commitment to improving availability of the arts.