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.
Julie Marshall has worked in the public service of the City of Kitchener for almost two decades. In her role managing special events, she has worked with a wide range of community, arts and business organizations in the entertainment and tourism industries to implement festivals and events – small and large – in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. Her responsibilities also include seeking sponsorships and partnerships, facilitating and training volunteers, developing marketing and communications strategies and establishing and facilitating advisory boards. Because of her keen interest in the arts and the publishing field, she has been involved in a variety of professional and volunteer roles with The Word On The Street Canada, currently serving on the National Board. She is also a board member of JM Drama, Registry Theatre in Kitchener.
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.