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, 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has completed her doctorate at OISE/University of Toronto, specializing in health in the workplace.
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 is a Patient Experience Advisor leading priorities on patient and family experience, health equity and community engagement at St Michael's Hospital. She brings over 15 years of experience partnering with diverse stakeholder groups to address issues of inequity and social justice, both locally and globally. Cian is committed to fostering the health and well-being of people and communities, with a particular vested interest in the empowerment of children and youth.
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 is a recently retired Social Worker, who worked for almost 30 years in agencies focused on violence against women, mental health and addiction, immigrants and refugees, homelessness and social justice. She has been committed to equity and inclusion in direct service and management roles.
Marilyn Verghis is a young leader, community builder and equity educator and a graduate of the Harmony Movement program. She studied International Development with double minors in Economics and Women's Studies at McGill University and is the Founder and Director of a Canadian non-profit organization Vision Brampton. She currently serves on the National Board of Directors of Equal Voice Canada as the Chair of the Equity Committee.
Kim Borden Penney
Kim Borden Penney is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with almost 20 years of experience as a financial consultant. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE)in the Department of Social Justice Education. She is a descendent of indigenous Black Canadians in Nova Scotia (Scotians) whose roots reach back to the late 1600s.
Fatih Yegul holds a PhD Degree in Engineering from University of Waterloo. He is currently a professor at the International Business Management degree program at Conestoga College and has help various executive positions in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Fatih, who served as member of the RCMP Council for Partnership & Diversity with Canadian Forces, was awarded with Queen’s Jubilee Medal.