Divya Sinharoy | Interim Executive Director
Divya Sinharoy is a Marketing Management professional with experience in communications, marketing and social media management. Divya started her career at the York Region Arts Council as an intern, in the short period of time Divya’s capabilities grew and the nature of her role evolved. Divya is now the Marketing and Communications Manager behind ExperienceYorkRegion.com – a website dedicated to promoting and marketing events, festivals and fairs within York Region. She has currently stepped in as Interim Executive Director. This role allows her to wear multiple hats as volunteer coordinator, staff administrator, event and logistics director, social media lead, analytics guru and web content chief. Divya sits on the Central Counties Tourism board and thoroughly enjoys her interactions with her fellow directors. Divya is enthusiastic about keeping up with the growing momentum of creating and cross - promoting tourism within the region.
Ganesh Thavarajah | Manager, Programs
Ganesh Thavarajah is a marketing professional with a background in programming, specifically in the entrepreneurship space. Holding a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, he brings a wealth of knowledge through his experience with the DMZ (formerly Digital Media Zone). Ganesh is passionate about the arts and social innovation, and has been a part of the York Region arts scene through the Unionville Theatre Company and the Milliken Mills Community Centre. He has travelled the world working on numerous social innovation projects from Kenya to Colombia. He has also worked in advertising, film distribution and sales for the Cannes Film Festival and TIFF. Ganesh is both an actor and a dancer, and is passionate about creating a community where other artists can thrive. Through his role with YRAC, he hopes to inspire and support local artists and creative workers.
Jessica Gedge | Advertising and Sponsorship Lead
Jessica Gedge is a Marketing and Communications professional with over ten years of professional, entrepreneurial and municipal experience. Jessica has a wide range of experience, having owned two businesses, worked for a large corporation in corporate communications, and assisted entrepreneurs through her work at a municipal business centre. Jessica has a passion for arts and culture and especially enjoys event planning and telling stories to connect communities. She looks forward to connecting with and learning about local tourism operators, arts and cultural organizations and small businesses.
Kareen Awadalla | Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
Kareen spent the last five years contributing to development projects with various non-profits both overseas and at home. Winner of York Region’s 2015 Character Community Award for Young Adult – Citizen of Character, she was recognized for her work in the Philippines and in her hometown of Newmarket, Ontario. Kareen is a Journalism graduate from the University of Toronto and Centennial College.
Deanna Galati | Program Coordinator
Deanna Galati is an arts administrator, with a focus in theatre and dance. A graduate from York University's Devised Theatre Program, Deanna is passionate about being involved with new works in development, dance, physical theatre as well as performance for social change. She has worked and been involved with following organizations in Toronto and York Region, in different capacities: The National Ballet of Canada, princess productions, Generator, Shadowpath Theatre Productions, Creativiva, and Outside the March. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Guild Festival Theatre, and the Creative Leadership Committee for the City of Richmond Hill. Deanna wishes to continue her work to help facilitate and develop new initiatives for artists to grow and prosper within the industry.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The York Region Arts Council Board of Directors is composed of volunteers from the community who are in the arts and support arts and culture.
April Hoeller | Chair
Steve Lusk | 1st Vice Chair
Norman Rees | Treasurer
Lilita Tannis | Member-At-Large
Jade De Ciccio | Member-At-Large
Karen Lindsay-Skynner | Member-At-Large
Angela Tucker | Member-At-Large
Angela Poletto | Member-At-Large