Who We Are

Staff

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Shafiq Aziz, Director of Programs

Shafiq is a high school teacher in the TDSB, working with students with diverse special education needs in both traditional and alternative learning settings. He has been an equity and social justice advocate with over 13 years of community organizing experience in Toronto. Shafiq has a B.A. in Equity Studies and Women and Gender Studies and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto.

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Janelle Yanishewski, Executive Director

Janelle (she/her) is passionate about building bridges across differences and helping people become comfortable with being uncomfortable. She has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector with expertise in operations management and event coordination. She started with Harmony Movement in 2013 and has served on the management team since 2015. She has managed youth events and conferences in every province and territory reaching over 6,000 youth, as well as a range of galas, adult education conferences, and networking events. She has experience in communications, marketing, fundraising, project management, and program/curriculum development. She has a B.A. in Equity Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto. She highly values partnerships across organizations and sectors to amplify and accelerate social change. 

Nira Lall, Program Facilitator

Nira (she/her) 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. She brings expertise in a variety of additional areas including strength-based leadership, marketing, business analysis, and operations. 

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Kamini Murthy-Korteweg, Program Facilitator

Kamini (they/them) is a writer, arts educator and business analyst. Their work focuses on language, narrative and the power of people in creating more just and equitable societies. Kamini has moderated and coached with organizations such as UNITY Charity, Inter Arts Matrix and Canadian Stage. They are a settler/POC based out of Toronto, Ontario.

Maja Terzic, Program Facilitator

Maja (sher/her) is a current Masters of Education candidate at OISE of the University of Toronto. She is in the Social Justice Education program, with a focus on Disability Studies. Maja is passionate about a range of social justice issues and is especially interested in working with youth and deconstructing curriculum from its euro-centric, colonialist, and ableist ways. She resides on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee Nations, which are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement. 

Board of Directors

Bernice Carnegie, Chair
Bernice 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.

Cheuk Kwan, Vice Chair
Cheuk served as Executive Director of Harmony Movement from 1998-2021. In 1978, he co-founded an Asian Canadian magazine on arts and cultural activism.  In 1979, Cheuk led a community protest against the racist portrayal of Chinese Canadians by a national television network and help found the Chinese Canadian National Council. He has also directed and produced a documentary series about the Chinese diaspora.

Helen Anderson
Helen currently serves as the Director of Information and Support at the Arthritis Society. Helen has held management and education roles in a variety of settings including Public Health Ontario, and Centennial College. Helen has a Ph.D. n Theory and Policy Studies in Education from the University of Toronto.

Ashley D’Silva
Ashley 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 is a retired public servant from 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.

Nodin Arene Nganji
Nodin has a degree in International Development and has worked with non-profit organizations that focus on affordable housing, and mentored Black high school students in Toronto. He worked with the University of Toronto to create a framework celebrating Black Canadians. He participated in U.S. President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and is a member of the World Youth Alliance. He represented Canada as a Student Delegate for the annual UN Geneva Summit for Human Rights & Democracy. 

Beverley Johnson
Beverley 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.

TiCarra Paquet
TiCarra is a Juris Doctor student at the University of Ottawa and has a B.A. Honours in Political Science from Carleton University. She has worked extensively advocating for the decolonization of Black and Indigenous bodies within settler systems and institutions in northern Ontario. She co-founded Our Home and Native Land a student-led initiative working to implement a mandatory Indigenous studies course at the elementary level. 

Co-Founders

  • Joseph Wong
  • Mary Ann Chambers
  • Gordon Cressy