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.

Vision

We envision a Canadian society that is equitable, just, and caring for all.

Mission

Harmony Movement facilitates social transformation by engaging youth and adults in leadership programs for diversity, equity and inclusion.

History

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.

Harmony Movement is committed to passion, communication, flexibility and professionalism

Meet the Team

Staff

Cheuk Kwan Executive Director
Cheuk offers over 40 years’ experience in organizational leadership. He joined Harmony in 1996 after a successful 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 has also directed and produced a landmark documentary about the Chinese diaspora. Cheuk holds a BS and MS in systems engineering from Case Western Reserve University and University of California, Berkeley respectively.

 

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.

 

Rima Dib Program Manager, Program Development Specialist
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.  

 

Board

Co-Founders

Mary Anne Chambers

Mary Anne Chambers is a former Senior Vice-President of Scotiabank and has served as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Minister of Children and Youth Services in the Government of Ontario. She is a Governor of the international Development Research Centre and a member of Boards of Directors of the GraceKennedy Group. A recipient of the Order of Ontario, Mary Anne has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, York University, Lakehead University and the University of Guelph. 

Gordon Cressy

Gordon Cressy, a social worker by training, spent his career in the public and not-for-profit sector working with the United Way, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Learning Partnership, George Brown College and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (Canada). He spent five years with the YMCA in Trinidad and Tobago. As a politician he served as Chair of the Toronto Board of Education in 1975 and 1976 and was a member of Toronto City Council from 1978 to 1982.

Joseph Wong

Joseph Wong is a family doctor and philanthropist. He founded the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in 1987 and also served as the chairman for the United Way of Greater Toronto from 1990 to 1992. Joseph was named Man of the Year in 1986 by the Toronto Star and one of Toronto's most influential people in 1991 and 1992 by Toronto Life magazine.  He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1993.

 

Board of Directors

Bernice Carnegie Chair
Bernice Carnegie is a founding director of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation and was its former Executive Director for seventeen years.  She has been engaged in character building youth initiatives for forty years and continues to serve the community as an Educational and Life Enrichment Speaker.

Helen Anderson 
Helen Anderson is an Education Specialist at Public Health Ontario.  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.

Ashley D’Silva
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.

Ranvir Jangi Treasurer
Ranvir Jangi has actively promoted diversity and inclusion within the Greater Toronto Area for over forty years.  He has served with numerous anti-racism and social justice organizations and has been a Harmony Board member for 22 years. He is retired from public service with the Government of Canada.

Beverley Johnson
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.

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.