Who We Are
Who We Are
Harmony Movement provides interactive diversity and equity education programs that empower and inspire youth, educators and those in the social service sector to develop an equity lens, empathy, respect, and leadership skills as leaders for social change.
We encourage critical thinking, courageous conversations and strategy building to address and take action against stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, racism and other forms of oppression.
Harmony Movement encourages all Canadians to value diversity and to foster a commitment to a just and caring society.
Harmony Movement aims to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada by educating and empowering youth to become leaders for social change.
Harmony Movement was formed in 1994 as a not-for-profit organization to combat inter-racial intolerance and to confront the “us versus them” attitude which was prevalent in Canadian society at that time. Our mandate is to promote diversity and to combat all forms of discrimination that act as social and cultural barriers to individuals’ full participation in society. We empower youth to become leaders for social change by implementing diversity education in schools and communities.
Meet the Team
Cheuk Kwan Executive Director
Cheuk joined Harmony in 1996 as Project Director after a twenty-year career in technology management. In 1978, he co-founded an Asian Canadian magazine on arts and cultural activism. In 1979, Cheuk led a community protest against racist portrayal of Chinese Canadians by a national television network and help founded the Chinese Canadian National Council. He has also directed and produced a documentary series about the Chinese diaspora.
Roz Espin Director, Equity Education
Roz has 20+ years combined professional and volunteer experience working within non-profit, corporate and educational environments providing education, thought leadership, change management and advisory roles in the areas of diversity, equity and social inclusion. Roz has been involved in developing, facilitating and leading programs for adults, youth and children in the areas of diversity and inclusion for over 14 years. Her children’s book, Amazingly…Alphie! Understanding and Accepting Different Ways of Being, continues to be a valuable tool for parents and educators in creating the conditions for inclusion through understanding, acceptance and the celebration of diversity.
Ilaneet Goren Manager, Community Development and Training
Ilaneet has over 15 years’ experience in equity education that ranges from trauma-informed mental health counselling to managing inclusive organizational projects in the disability sector. Growing up in the Ukraine and in Israel has given her a unique perspective on the complexity of negotiating identity and belonging. Ilaneet received her master’s degree in Social Work and Community Development from the University of Toronto, and is a certified Life Skills facilitator.
Janelle Yanishewski Manager, Operations
Janelle has a B.A. in Equity Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto and has an array of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Her diverse volunteer experiences both in Canada and internationally have fueled her passion for equity and social justice. Janelle’s experience in communications and marketing has given her the tools to spread the word about equity work.
Punita Bhardwaj Program Manager and Evaluation
Punita has over fourteen years of experience teaching diverse learners, developing educational programs and implementing development projects for the educational, NGO and not-for-profit sectors. Her work has taken her to Palestine, Mexico and across Ontario where she often worked with marginalized populations. Punita holds a Bachelor in Environmental Studies from York University, a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in Curriculum Studies from McGill University.
Rima Dib Program Manager
Rima has over 12 years of experience working directly with youth leading a variety of leadership programs. As Professor of Early Childhood Education at Seneca College, Rima brings with her a wealth of knowledge on youth and adult instruction and education, as well as experience in creating curriculum. Rima has over nine years of experience leading an international not-for-profit social service organization, serving as Executive Director for the last three years.
Nira Lall Program Manager and Marketing
Nira received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on race, gender and immigration from York University. She brings over a decade of experience working in the not-for-profit sector with diverse populations both in Canada and internationally. As a believer in ongoing learning and education, Nira is also a leadership coach with training in psychotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). She brings expertise in a variety of additional arenas including strength based leadership, marketing, business analysis, and operations.
Danait Mehreteab Program Facilitator
Danait is a passionate advocate for social justice, youth empowerment and community development. After completing Harmony Movement’s Diversity Leadership Certificate Program in Grade 11, she believes in the power of diversity education as a way to inspire young people to “be the change”. Danait holds a B.A. in Health Studies and Peace Studies from McMaster University and a Post Graduate in International Development Studies from Humber College.
Koryn Stanley Program Manager
Koryn is passionate about empowering youth and giving them the confidence to create change. Her experience spans from working with newcomer youth to giving girls safe spaces to feel comfortable with their identity. Holding an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Women Studies, Koryn infuses her professional and educational experience to create a more equitable society.
Ryan Singh Program Officer
Ryan has worked in community development organisations over the last decade in sexual health, with LGBT youth, and on anti-poverty strategies. He holds an M.A. in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies and a B.A. in Sexuality Studies, both from York University, and a diploma in Community Work from George Brown College. He is passionate about working with youth on the intersections of their identities and making true social change.
Mary Ann Chambers
Board of Directors
Ashley D’Silva Chair
Ashley D’Silva is an Independent Financial Advisor providing financial planning and insurance services to individuals and businesses. His interest in developing respect for diversity for ourselves and generations to come brought him to Harmony Movement. He believes social division comes at a high cost and by finding ways to empower youth today we can build stronger communities in the future.
Helen Anderson is the Manager of Global Citizenship, Equity and Inclusion Programs at Centennial College. Helen is committed to fostering more inclusive communities and reducing social, economic, political, environmental, and health disparities through education. She has worked with children, youth and adults at the K-12, post-secondary and community levels to challenge inequity, foster leadership skills and reduce barriers to success.
Pam Bynoe is Manager, Employee Relations at Scotiabank and has worked extensively in the Diversity, Employment Equity and Human Rights fields with Scotiabank, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and YWCA. She also served on several boards, including Central East Community Care Access Centre (CECCAC) and The Times Change for Women.
Marguerite Campbell is the Central Coordinating Principal in the Teaching and Learning Department of the Toronto District School Board. She has been involved in education for over 20 years, including a three year secondment to York University’s Faculty of Education at the Regent Park Site. Marguerite brings a passion for the work of education in social justice and teaching and learning for change.
Bernice Carnegie was one of the founding directors of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation and for the past 12 years has served as its Executive Director. Bernice is the daughter of Herb Carnegie and worked by his side for more than 30 years to help share his vision based on a proactive lifestyle message. She has spoken to many audiences as a trainer and motivational speaker in sales, as a financial planner, in educational circles and the community.
Miriam Edelson is a social activist, writer and trade unionist living in Toronto. Her first book, “My Journey with Jake: A Memoir of Parenting and Disability” was published in 2000. “Battle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs” appeared in 2005. She is currently an Ed.D candidate at OISE/UT focusing on workplace mental health.
Ranvir Jangi Treasurer
Ranvir Jangi is a public servant with the Federal Government and has been active for over thirty years in promoting diversity. He is a graduate of Maytree Foundation’s “Leaders for Change” program and is a principal of Facilitation At Work! which provides facilitation and strategic planning services.
Beverley Johnson is a labour activist and has held positions at the Ontario Public Services Employee Union, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the Jamaican Ministry of Labour and National Insurance. She is also a founding member of the Ontario Coalition of Visible Minority Women and the Toronto chapter of the Congress of Black Women.
Cian holds an M.B.A. in Community Economic Development. A native Montrealer, her experience spans Montreal, Toronto, Guyana and Zambia in non-profit spheres fostering youth empowerment, community engagement and intercultural dialogue responding to social needs and strengthening communities. She brings her broad understanding of diversity and social development issues. As the Community Engagement Specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital she works to reduce health inequities and improve patient access and care.
Cheuk Kwan Executive Director
Cheuk Kwan joined Harmony in 1996 as Project Director after a twenty-year career in technology management. In 1978, he co-founded an Asian Canadian magazine on arts and cultural activism. In 1979, Cheuk led a community protest against racist portrayal of Chinese Canadians by a national television network and help founded the Chinese Canadian National Council. He has also directed and produced a documentary series about the Chinese diaspora.
Warren Li is a founding board member of Harmony Movement. A land developer and home builder by profession, he is passionate about the concept of building communities for a harmonious society. He is the founding president of Chi Heng Foundation Canada, a charity set up to help children inflicted by HIV-AIDS epidemic in China, currently giving educational assistance to more than 12,000 orphans.
Cherie Miller graduated from University of Toronto in 1990 with her Masters of Social Work and worked for many years in the field of violence against women, trauma and addiction. She is currently the Director of Community Health at Regent Park Community Health Centre and was previously the Director of Counselling Services at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Both organizations focus on social justice and equity issues.