Our Team

CORE STAFF

TASNEEM DAIRYWALA
Founder | Executive Director

Tasneem is an award-winning contemporary visual artist and educator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and has over 9 years of experience in arts programming. Her work stems from the belief that art has the power to overcome ethnocultural boundaries that divide us. That is why she finds it so important to use her knowledge as an artist to connect and empower people. You can visit http://www.tasneemdairywala.com to view her artwork.

CHARLOTTE YOUNG-ON
PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

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Charlotte is an emerging arts manager with a passion for increasing public access to arts and culture. She holds a B.A. in Fine Art History & Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration & Cultural Management from Humber College. She has applied her skills widely in museum, healthcare, and municipal settings across the GTA, and is driven to create engaging and accessible opportunities for arts participation.

CECILIA GARCIA
Grant Writer

Cecília holds a BFA in film studies and has built a diverse portfolio working in the Brazilian film industry. After arriving in Canada in 2014, she received a diploma in arts management from Western University and has since volunteered with multiple arts organizations in Toronto. Currently, Cecília works at North York Arts, and Queen Gallery. She is thrilled to be at Art Ignite to help to build communities through the arts.artwork.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OWAIS LIGHTWALA
Board Chair

Owais is a theatre artist, producer, and designer for Why Not Theatre. He has produced sold-out award-winning new works internationally and worked with various arts and cultural organizations as a producing consultant. Outside of his producing work, he is an active theatre maker. He is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Design program and Harvard Business School’s “CORe: Credential of Readiness” certificate program.

MAGGIE BRODA
VICE PRESIDENT

Maggie is a Visual Artist, Writer and Educator.  Her work is in private collections throughout Canada, the US and the UK. She is on the OCAD University Board of Governors, President of OCADU Alumni Association, represented by Elaine Fleck Gallery, Muskoka Arts and Crafts member, Executive member at John B. Aird Gallery, and V.P. of Women’s Art Association.  Her paintings express passion and style, created in acrylic with brush and palette knife. The texture and movement capture the poetic spirit that is inherent in art. You can find her work at http://www.maggiebroda.com.

ZAHRA HALFAL
Board MEMBER

Zahra is a Registered Psychotherapist at Central Toronto Youth Services, a reputable children’s mental health agency, serving youth and their families to help foster healthier minds, hearts, and relationships. She holds a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the United States. She also co-chairs on the Committee for Anti-Racism and Oppression in her professional role to promote equity, inclusion, and anti-oppressive practices and policies for the communities served. Supporting others to further strengthen themselves, and appreciate their diverse backgrounds and stories is embedded into the nature of the work Zahra strives to engage in. She believes in the abundant capacity of the arts to help communities play, create, connect, and heal.