Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Heather Black has served as the Director, Human Resource Services at University of Toronto Scarborough  since July 2015 and joined the University of Toronto in 2002. She has an outstanding track record at the University of Toronto having held positions including Director, Human Resources, Office of the Vice-President, University Operations, Manager, Human Resources, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Labour Relations Consultant.   Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she held HR management positions in finance, hospitality, and energy industries with both private and public sector employers. Heather is recognized for her results and solution oriented focus, her problem solving abilities, and her personable approach.  Heather serves on the UTSC Executive Committee and has served on numerous other committees at the University of Toronto including the Bargaining Unit Review Committee, the Excellence Through Innovation Awards Committee, the True Blue Advisory Committee, the Employee Survey Committee, the USW Bargaining Steering Committee and numerous collective bargaining negotiation teams. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, an Advanced Program in Human Resource Management Certificate from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a Certificate in Advanced Labour Relations from Queen’s University.

Melissa Daly-Buajitti was born in Toronto, but grew up in Ottawa, where she studied for a Bachelor of Humanities, with combined honours in English. Following graduation, she moved back to Toronto with her family, where she went on to complete a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. She has lived in Cliffside Village of Scarborough for the past four years, and is deeply connected to the district, both through family history, as well as a personal love for the geography. 

Juliana is a marketing and communications professional primarily focused in the non-profit arts sector based in Toronto. She has been involved in a wide array of arts disciplines to create tailored marketing & outreach strategies, distribution plans, building media relations and managing multiple communication channels such as her most recent work with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Prior to joining Reel Asian in 2015, Juliana has worked for many years at UTSC’s Arts & Events Programming office as a Publicity Assistant before she became the Communications Coordinator. In addition, she developed her arts administration practice through AluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, ARTSIDEOUT, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Gallery 1265 and Roseneath Theatre. As an artist, she has produced works that has been exhibited in local arts festivals as well as the Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda, Gallery 1265, the Doris McCarthy vitrine, Cedar Ridge Gallery and Artscape Youngplace. She holds a B.A. Honours in Arts Management and Studio Major at the University of Toronto Scarborough and was awarded the 2014 Yvonne Chu, C.M. Memorial Scholarship in Arts Management. Juliana is also an alumnus from R.H. King Academy’s Specialist High Skills Major, educating youth towards a career in the arts & culture sector. As a passionate arts advocate, Juliana strives to engage the public through arts-making and encourages people in all walks of life to participate in the discussion, dissemination and creative exposure.

IRINA FYFE, Director
Irina is a municipal government professional with 7 years experience in finding creative solutions to narrowing the gap between Torontonians and their representatives at City Hall. She appreciates all forms of artistic expression recognizing not only its aesthetic side, but also its ability to transform, connect and influence the audience in a meaningful way. Aside from being responsible for constituency and intergovernmental relations in her current position, Irina enjoys working on various arts & culture related projects in collaboration with Cultural Hotspot Initiative, Bell Box Murals Project, STEPS Initiative and other organizations supporting arts and community. Irina graduated from St. Petersburg State University (Russia), where she studied languages and literature.

ERIN PECK, Director
Erin Peck is Exhibitions & Outreach Coordinator at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough. In this role, she facilitates contemporary art exhibitions and publications; works alongside local, national and international artists and curators; and develops arts education programs for diverse audiences. She previously held positions at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Gallery TPW.

JULIE WITT, Board Chair
​J​ulie Witt is an arts manager and educator with over 15 years of experience in program development, delivery and assessment, cultural event planning, group facilitation, and volunteer management. Since 2001 she has studied, worked and volunteered in the Scarborough community, mostly at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), in a wide variety of roles particularly specializing in arts, cultural pluralism and diversity, student development and experiential education. She is currently the Programming Coordinator for ACM Connects (formerly, Arts & Events Programming), an initiative in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at UTSC that presents artistic programming and facilitates student-initiated work, field placements and research projects relevant to building critical and creative connections primarily within the Eastern GTA. Julie’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management, and a Masters of Education in Community Development.

Johnny Z. Zhang has over 15 years of experience in curriculum & program development, workshop facilitation, cultural event planning and event management, volunteer management, funding and grants application, and non-profit management in administration and finance. He has lived in Scarborough for over 20 years and has largely involved in the local community development and engagement. Currently, he is the Principal of the non-profit Phoenix Academy of the Arts. Prior to that, he worked in various administrative and academic positions at George Brown College, Centennial College and the University of Toronto (downtown) and UTSC.


Councillor Michelle Holland, Councillor, Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest

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