Board of Directors

Melrose Cornwall, Board Chair
Garry Neil, Treasurer
Patty Jarvis, Secretary
Kais Padamshi, Member-at-Large
Nicole Auger, Member-at-Large
LaToya Ottley, Member-at-Large
Nicole Inica Hamilton, Member-at-Large
Ilene Sova, Member-at-Large
Sara Kelly, Member-at-Large

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Melrose Cornwall websiteMelrose Cornwall
Melrose Cornwall is a Toronto-based Financial Services Professional with nearly ten years of experience in the financial sector. While Melrose ended his studies in Aviation in 2011, he soon discovered his passion for helping the children in his community, particularly in regards to financial literacy. Melrose volunteers as the Chairperson of an Employee Resource Group at his company that aims to promote diversity and inclusiveness of the Black and Hispanic minority groups. His goal is to arm the group members with financial literacy education, by connecting them to both finance-based events and culturally relevant courses, classes and networking events throughout the city. He does so with the hopes that the learnings are passed down to members’ children and the overall community.

garry neil webGarry Neil
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Garry Neil has worked for 40 years in arts and cultural policy, in Canada and internationally, as a consultant to governments, firms and associations. He has extensive experience in policies for film, television, new media and the Internet, publishing, performing arts, visual arts and music, as well organizational management. He has been associated with many cultural organizations in his career, including ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), CSARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network), the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

Mr. Neil is a global expert on culture and trade, and status of the artist issues. As Executive Director of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, Mr. Neil was at the forefront of the global campaign which led to the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. He is a member of the Convention’s Panel of Experts. In 2010 and 2015, he completed reports for UNESCO on the current state of implementation of the Recommendation concerning the status of the artist globally.

patty jarvis- headhost webistePatty Jarvis

A leader in program development, implementation and advocacy for arts education and audience enhancement opportunities for more than 30 years. Collaborating to support and improve access to and engagement in the arts for all.


Kais Padamshiphoto of a man wearing a blue sweater

Kais Padamshi is a Black East African-Mixed settler based in Tkaronto/Toronto (Treaty 13) working as a visual artist, published writer, playwright, equity consultant, arts administrator, wellness facilitator and community worker. His writing practice encompasses academic, research-based texts, curatorial essays, poetry, and exhibition reviews centering African Diasporic narratives. His writing practice focuses on themes of cultural identity, belonging, de-colonial futures in addition to individual and collective healing.

As an equity consultant, Kais has researched, developed and facilitated numerous Anti-Black racism training for not-for-profit organizations, student union boards, and other private organizations and businesses. Working as an arts administrator for 4+ years, Kais has produced various public programs, developed numerous strategic partnerships and developed professional development mentorship opportunities for artists and creatives based in Tkaronto/Toronto (Treaty 13) alongside his marketing and communications experience.

Kais currently works full time at Workman Arts.

a woman wearing a jeans jacket holding a saxophoneNicole Auger

Nicole Auger is Métis, of Haudenosaunee, Nisga’a, and French ancestry. Her family has lived as grateful visitors on unceded Lekwungen Territory (otherwise known as Victoria, BC) for six generations, and she is currently living in Toronto on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. Nicole is a performing musician, educator, and consultant, and is the Manager of Programming and Community Engagement at the International Indigenous Music Summit. She holds a Master of Arts in Music and an MBA with a specialization in arts, media, and entertainment management.

a photo of a smiling women wearing a white shirtLaToya Ottley

From Toronto, Ontario, LaToya has dynamic experience including employment in arts administration, performance, studies, and professional activities. In addition to hosting her own shows, she has toured with the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company (TC3) and featured as a session and background vocalist for artists globally. Some of her proudest professional accomplishments include serving as a Peer Mentor for a virtual music industry mentorship offered through Lumenus Community Services, consulting for the Global Touchdown Tour – Canada segment of BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Target Show (UK), and her continuous participation in the Freedom Marching Project which supports the movement against racial injustice for BIR communities using music.

Currently LaToya works as Administration Coordinator and Assistant to the President at the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and as an Emergency Supply Teacher for the Durham District School Board. She also looks forward to graduating from the music program at York University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 2022.

nicole Hamilton - headhost webisteNicole Inica Hamilton
Nicole Inica Hamilton is the Founder and Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries. An award-winning choreographer and a Dance Educator, Nicole serves as a certified Teaching member of Dance Masters of Canada and Dance Masters of America. She has operated as a Guest Teacher, Mentor and Speaker at institutes across Canada including but not limited to; George Brown College, University of Toronto and York University.

As a touring Educator and Speaker, she has presented in national, and international conventions, and championships including; En Avant – RAD world convention, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, Creation Dance Championships, the Performing Arts Medicine Association and more.

Hamilton serves as an On-Air Radio Host on The Career Buzz Show and is a Producer/ Host with Turn Out Radio broadcasting on CIUT 89.5 FM. Hamilton reports on the current news affairs of our time with special focus on arts & entertainment, health, career and business news on CIUT 89.5 FM.

In her work in health, Hamilton serves as a Counsellor and actively works with organizations, schools and on nationwide platforms to advocate for and promote healthy practices for Dance Artists.
Learn more about Nicole:
Follow Nicole: @n_hamilton_

photo of Ilene SovaIlene Sova
Ilene Sova holds the position of Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting in the Faculty of Art at Ontario College of Art and Design University. She identifies as Mixed Race, with a white settler, Afro-Caribbean, and Black Seminole ancestry. She is also an artist who lives with the disability of Epilepsy. As such, she passionately identifies with the tenets of intersectional feminism and has dedicated her creative career to art and activism. Ilene Sova is also the founder of the Feminist Art Collective and Blank Canvases, an in-school creative arts programme for elementary school students. She holds an Honours BFA from the University of Ottawa in Painting and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Windsor. With extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, Sova’s work has most notably been shown at Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Mutuo Centro de Arte in Barcelona. Sova’s artwork has been featured internationally in the Journal of Psychology and Counselling, the Nigerian Arts Journal, Tabula and the Italian feminist journal, Woman’O’Clock. In her academic career, Sova has been invited to speak on diversity and equity in arts curriculum at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Pratt University and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design conference in Los Angeles.  A passionate public speaker, Sova was chosen to speak at the first TEDx Women event in Toronto, and Southern University New York where she gave an all University Lecture on Art and Social Change. Additionally, Sova was invited to deliver the Arthur C. Danto Memorial Keynote Lecture at the 76th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA). Sova’s exhibitions and advocacy in education have been featured on Global Television, CBC Radio, the Toronto Star, Canada AM, The Metro, National Post, Canadian Art, and MSN News.

Sara Kelly webSara Kelly
Sara Kelly is a Toronto-based arts administrator. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Guelph and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Dundee, Scotland). Sara participated in the inaugural Creative Youth Envoy, a cultural internship program initiated and administered by the City of Toronto and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which gave young Canadians opportunities to launch a career in the arts and culture sector in an international setting. During the program, Sara served as Information Officer at Cultural Enterprise Service in Cardiff, Wales, providing business support and mentoring for cultural practitioners and businesses. Subsequently, Sara has worked in gallery administration and education at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery; at CARFAC Ontario as Membership Coordinator and later Associate Director, where she implemented the organization’s first ever distance learning program and conceived of and spearheaded the Artist’s Dayplanner; and as the Associate Director at Open Studio, where she played a leading role in increasing revenues through grants, individual giving, events and creative revenue generation. She is currently the Communications & Development Manager at Workman Arts, a multidisciplinary arts organization that supports artists living with mental health and addiction issues. Sara has exhibited her artwork in Canada and the UK, works as a freelance copy editor, and has volunteered with a variety of community arts projects, including those working with refugee claimant children, and adults with lived experience of mental health issues.

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