Staff

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 Director, Workplace Learning and Development
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, Monitoring and Evaluations Specialist
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, 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.  

 

Nira Lall Program Manager, Marketing and Communications Specialist
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, Staff Training and Development Specialist
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 Facilitator, Community Development Specialist
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.