Board of Directors

We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from business, the arts & the community. Click here to find out how to join our Board.


Board Co-Chairs, Karl Sprogis & Dominique Sanguinetti, at the Laser Eagles reception.


Click on the names below to read the biographies of our board members.

Anique Ahmed

 
Anique Ahmed grew up in Etobicoke, passionate about Arts and philanthropy, he joined Arts Etobicoke in 2016. He is committed to Arts and well versed in financial technology and in the realm of payments. His vision, strategy and leadership is a vital resource to Arts Etobicoke.

As a board member at Arts Etobicoke, Anique continues to assist with the vision and strategy of the organization.

Elizabeth Malak

Elizabeth is an information professional with strong ties to the cultural sector, with almost 20 years of experience in libraries. She has a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Elizabeth currently works for the Toronto Public Library, and has previously worked for Vaughan and Richmond Hill Public Libraries. Elizabeth has a personal passion for the arts, having played classical piano for since the age of five. Elizabeth is a life-long resident of Etobicoke.

Jennifer Smith

 

Karl Sprogis (Co-Chair)

Karl is a graduate of McMaster University with an Honours B.A. in History and received his Masters of Education from Brock University with an emphasis on curriculum. Although he has degrees in History and Education, he has always had a keen interest in the arts – visual, performance, music, dance, photography or whatever new form emerges from time to time.

He strongly believes that a strong arts program is a vital component of any school curriculum and that students who are involved in the arts are usually more successful in the other areas of their academic pursuits. In his 33 years in Etobicoke, he has been at Silverthorn C. I., Westway H. S., Richview C. I., Kipling C. I., Lakeshore C. I., Etobicoke C. I. and Burnhamthorpe C. I. in the capacity of either teacher, Department Head, continuing education administrator and regular day school administrator, and most recently Principal of North Albion C. I. His most recent position was Chair, Toronto School Administrators’ Association.

Karl continues as Co-Chair for the Board of Directors and serves on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Dominique Sanguinetti (Co-Chair)

Dominique is a solicitor practicing in the areas of corporate and commercial law, including not-for-profit and charitable corporate law. Dominique brings her legal expertise to complement the existing skills of the Arts Etobicoke Board of Directors. She is keenly interested in and supportive of the various programs that Arts Etobicoke provides. Dominique participates both hands-on and in the planning and development of existing and new programs.

Moira Ness

 
Moira Ness is an emerging photo-based artist specializing in contemporary landscapes and algorithm based text. Her current body of work, entitled “Cyclical”, explores and experiments with Nietzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence. This theory states all events in cosmic history have repeated, and will continue to repeat, in an endless cycle. Moira explores this idea through visual and written repetition. Moira has exhibited at The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Red Head Gallery, Latcham Gallery, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, OMNI MODERN and The CICA Museum. She was a finalist for RMG Exposed 2016 and 2018, a finalist and overall winner for the 2017 UNTAPPED Emerging Artist Competition for The Artist Project and a finalist for the SNAP! 2017 Photo Auction. Moira participated in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition where she won the Emerging Artist Award and was shortlisted for the Founding Chairman's Award. Moira will showed her work at NordArt in Büdelsdorf, Germany in the summer of 2017. She will have work in Gallery 44's 2018 Salon 44 and will be showing at the Artist Project in 2018. She recently was the artist in residence at The 108 Residency in Upstate New York.

Veronica Bila (Treasurer)

Veronica is a Chartered Accountant with 8 years of public accounting experience. Veronica works with Meyers Norris Penny LLP in Toronto and specializes in providing assurance services to government agencies, not-for-profit and charitable organizations. As a Board member, Veronica utilizes her skills and knowledge to the benefit of Arts Etobicoke. Veronica and her family have been residents of West Toronto for over 20 years.

Ina Anthony

Ina, a retired educator with a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto, has lived in Etobicoke and worked in several Etobicoke secondary schools for the last 36 years.

Her love of foreign languages and the culture associated with them has honed her interest in the Arts. As a parent and educator, Ina has constantly supported music, dance, theatre and arts programs in Toronto. She has also volunteered with the Russian Cultural Aid Society here in Toronto for about 10 years.

In her last position as the Curriculum Leader for Support Services at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Ina assisted talented students make important decisions about their post-secondary education and future careers.

Ina strongly advocates for a combination of arts and academics in the Toronto District School Board curriculum, knowing that this blend can allow young people to blossom in their environment and make valuable contributions to society.

Audrey Dennie

Audrey Dennie is the mother of five and a resident of Northern Etobicoke. She is Executive Assistant to the Director of the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto and brings a wide range of administrative and computing skills to the Board. She enjoys all forms of the arts.

Michelle Gauci

Michelle’s credentials include a Bachelor of Business Commerce in Marketing from Ryerson Polytechnic University and employment experience as a Category Analyst within the Retail Sector, a Senior Data Specialist within the Market Research field and as a Marketing Assistant within the Manufacturing Division. Her education, focusing extensively on Marketing and International Business, and professional experience has played a contributing role in the growth and success of the firms she has been associated with.

Michelle’s volunteer experience includes working with the Chum City Toy Drive and the 2004 United Way Campaign. She assisted in raising money for the organizations through raffles, selling bingo and lottery tickets and purchasing toys that were distributed to children of all ages.

As a member of Arts Etobicoke, Michelle is very enthusiastic about contributing new and great ideas to the organization.

Nancy Newton

Nancy Newton is a Toronto based artist and has been exhibiting her drawings and paintings over the last twenty years. She majored in Fine Art at the University of Western Ontario and graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art from York University when her focus was on art education. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections in Canada, United States, Australia and Europe.

Over the years, Newton has attended many workshops for professional artists including the internationally acclaimed Emma Lake Workshops in Saskatchewan. Now, she continues to be involved in the local arts community as a Board member for Arts Etobicoke and as a facilitator for children’s workshops run by the Milkweed Collective that explore creativity. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Milkweed Collective.Newton’s next exhibition in 2010 will be a retrospective of her work. It will include approximately seventy-five works, many from private collections, which trace the development of her mark making over the last four decades.

www.nancynewton.com; info@nancynewton.com

Lone Smith

Lone is a retired educator with 32 years of experience as a language teacher, consultant, and administrator. She hold a degree in Modern Languages and a Masters in Administration and Languages. Her volunteer work includes President for a Community Organization, The Toronto Principal Centre serving on Executives of Toronto Administrators Association and most recently elected to the Retired teachers of Ontario Executive for Metro.

She has always been a strong support of all the arts and was instrumental in promoting a strong Visual Arts programs at the Middle School level. She established arts programs in all the schools in which she worked to ensure the students had a strong understanding of the the importance of the arts in addition to strong academic programming.

Coming from a family where visual arts was actively promoted (her dad was an artist) she appreciates the role that the arts plays in a modern society.

Mark Zadorozny

Mark Zadorozny is the Director and Curator of Mark Christopher Gallery, at the heart of Parkdale Village, Toronto. Mark studied the history of art at Queen's University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in 2003. Shortly after graduation, he found himself working at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy, where he gave Modern Art Collection tours and studied 16th century Venetian painting. This lead to a Master's Degree at St. Andrews University, Scotland, where he studied 16th Century painting with Professor Peter Humfrey. He also studied Russian Realism under the scholarship of Fellow Christina Lodder in 2005. That same year, Mark was awarded the Chair Scholarship Award from the Toronto Ukrainian Credit Union, to continue his studies in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He lectured in New Orleans with the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) Harvard University, in 2007, now known as the Association of Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (AEEES), and lectured at the University of Toronto's Monk Centre, on Eastern European Art. Mark's current focus is on Canadian and European Contemporary Art. He spends his days Curating exhibitions, researching the Contemporary Art Market, and helping his clients invest in Contemporary paintings and sculptures.

http://www.markchristophergallery.com

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