BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2018-19
IRINA FYFE | Director
Irina is a municipal government professional with seven 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 and 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
Julie 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 ZHANG | Treasurer
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
Derek Spooner, Executive Director, Scarborough Arts