Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Board Chair
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh has worked in or volunteered in human rights, women’s studies, heritage conservation, social housing, literacy, publishing and land use planning. Ceta was the City of Toronto’s corporate Equity and Diversity Manager until retirement in 2010. In 2014 she was appointed by Toronto City Council as the Councillor for Ward 20 Trinity Spadina. She is a board member of the Learnxs Foundation, Friends of Fort York, Toronto Foundation and Grange Community Association and serves on the Innis College Council and the Grange Park Advisory Committee. Ceta has been involved with The Word on the Street since 1990 and was a member of the Advisory Board for the inaugural festival.
Judy Dunn, Secretary
Judy Dunn has had an extensive career in the field of Information and Library Studies, including Assistant Dean at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and Programme Coordinator at Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management. Her volunteer and board service includes the Canadian Library Association, Alliance Hospice, Greater Yorkville Residents’ Association, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The Word On The Street Toronto.
Tina Edan is Manager, Strategic Communications at Maytree, a charitable organization committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada. She has served on a number of arts juries as well as on the boards of the Toronto Public Library, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, and as co-chair of the Toronto Book Awards. Tina is a poet whose work is has appeared in installations and anthologies, and heard on stages in Toronto, Vancouver, and San Francisco.
Sandi Kiverago, Vice Chair
Sandi Kiverago has worked at Frontier College, a national literacy organization, since 1988. As Director of Communications, she developed and executed the external communication plan, provided strategic communications and issues management, and worked with the leadership, staff and volunteers to achieve organizational goals. Currently, Sandi is Director of Technology and Internal Relations, providing leadership and direction to the organization’s technology objectives, strategy, policies and programs for end-users, network communications and information management. Sandi represented Frontier College at the inaugural (Toronto) Word on the Street Festival in 1990, and has eagerly attended every year since then.
Shona Milligan, Treasurer
Shona Milligan has operated her bookkeeping business The Balancing Act since 1977. Her clients are primarily not-for-profits and small businesses, including film production companies, restaurants, and funeral homes. For Inner City Nutrition Programs, Shona developed bookkeeping training for parents and volunteers in more than 50 schools. Furthermore, she organizes group scuba diving trips to the Caribbean, and teaches karate.
Carolyn Wood, Vice Chair
Carolyn Wood has spent her career in books, first as a public librarian, and then in various editorial and marketing roles at Women’s Press, Second Story Press (which she co-founded), and University of Toronto Press. As VP Distribution at UTP, she managed an operation which served 70 Canadian publishers. Carolyn has worked as a mediator, facilitator, and consultant in diverse publishing contexts, and served as Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers from 2006 until her retirement in 2015.
Helena Aalto, National Coordinator
Helena Aalto is National Coordinator (part-time) of The Word On The Street Canada, as well as Administrative Director of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. In her career, Helena worked for retailers Chapters and Coles, publishers Fitzhenry & Whiteside and Kids Can Press, and not-for-profits Editors’ Association of Canada, ABC Life Literacy Canada, Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Association of Canadian Publishers.