Board of Directors 2021
One of the major projects she has been involved with is a wildlife documentary titled: Iran's Wild Side, a co-production with National Geographic Wild in 2018. Akhkan has won many awards for her work, including the Wildscreen Panda Award (United Kingdom) in 2008, and the International Wildlife Film Festival Award (United States) in 2007.
His Doctoral studies at the University of the West Indies - St. Augustine, are in Social Policy. His research was the first of its kind in the Caribbean region, by focusing and utilizing a unique approach of both business and social science methods to conduct policy evaluation of sport.
His Master in Business Administration (MBA) was attained from Coventry University, England. His dissertation focused on the feasibility of professional sporting leagues in developing countries. Through his research, he has been able to greatly assist in the development and sustainability of several professional leagues in the Caribbean.
Finally, he possesses a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of London, England as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. In Wisconsin his majors were Behavioral Science and Law, and Spanish.
Other volunteer roles, include Board Treasurer for Communications + Public Relations Foundation and a few earlier years at the Toronto Catholic District School Board where she was involved in fundraising and special events. These are just a handful of recent events in Laura’s professional and volunteer life. She brings to the NPCC her committed financial accountability, responsibility, and focused sustainability to better the community. Laura received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and received her CPA, CMA professional designation in Ontario. Laura also holds a Master Controller Certificate.
Currently, she programs community-engaged public art with Mural Routes. Her work in textile-based media investigates the connections between memory and fabrics. The work attempts to capture and preserve memories, it addresses notions of souvenir-ship, conservation, and keepsakes. Additionally, the work contains an embedded message around repurposing materials, sustainability, and supporting local markets.
With his 40+ years’ experience of top-level management in the insurance and financial services industries, Mr. Fleming’s perception and judgment are much in demand among Senior Executives in the industry.
Currently, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Central Etobicoke Community Hub Initiative, a not-for-profit organization working to establish a facility to meet the many needs of its underserved community in Toronto. Jack received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University. In addition, he has completed advanced business programs at Columbia University (EMBA) and Babson College (LLIF).
Most recently, she exhibited ‘Bloody Boats 2.0’ at the Gladstone Hotel as part of Nuit Blanche 2019 edition and was also invited as the guest artist by the town of Collingwood to lead an experiential public art project and her piece, 'Frozen Voyage' is installed at the council chambers, townhall of Collingwood. She also presented at the Gathering 1.0 organized by Cultural Pluralism in the Art Movement Ontario (CPAMO), at Emergence Symposium organized by Neighbourhood Arts Network and Toronto Arts Council and at Neilson Park Creative Centre in 2018.
Akshata has exhibited internationally in the UK, India, and Canada. In 2016, she had her first solo show, "Bloody Boats" at the Artcore Gallery, UK which was very well documented by BBC and Derby Telegraph. She is also a recipient of the Newcomer Artist Mentorship grant by Toronto Art Council in 2019. Akshata is currently working as Programs and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke and is a resident of Etobicoke.
Brenda has been President of the Board of NPCC for the past 3 years and has been a member of the Etobicoke Quilters Guild for 15 years, just completing 6 years as Membership Convenor. Other volunteer work includes facilitating Zoom sessions for the Etobicoke Quilters Guild twice a week throughout the covid crisis. Previously Brenda was a board member at Interim Place, a shelter for abused women for 10 years.
Lovepreet Kaur, Customer Service Representative
While completing her Accounting diploma at Sheridan College, she came across a job opportunity at Neilson Park Creative Centre. Now she has begun her career with NPCC as part-time Customer Service Representative. In previous jobs, Lovepreet worked as a tax accountant in Best Account Consultants (Mississauga) for three months in her summer holidays. Here at Neilson Park Creative Centre she is now connecting to and celebrating a richer life through the arts.
Matthew Summers, Customer Service Representative
Matthew Summers is an Illustration student currently in his second year at OCAD University.
Art has been a lifelong interest to Matthew and he has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He continues to practice and improve through his classes and is currently learning more about analogue and digital painting. He's painted a few murals, one of which is in his old high school Etobicoke Collegiate Institute.
Music is another passion that was pursued in middle school with his participation in the band program where he learned to play the trumpet. As his interest in music grew he started taking piano lessons as well. However, what really captured his attention was a small music class in high school that introduced students to electronic music and production. He has continued creating music electronically outside of school and this has allowed him to draw upon many genres for inspiration for his own music.
Matthew was introduced to NPCC when he started working as a summer camp counselor and this last summer he worked as an instructor for the summer camp. He enjoyed working at NPCC over the summer and so when the opportunity arose to continue throughout the year as a Customer Service Representative he gladly took it.
Alonso is from Lima, Peru. With a Bachelor in Business Administration and previous experience in the corporate sector, he decided to expand his background by studying the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College in 2019, where he graduated with honours.
Alonso's relationship with NPCC started in January 2020 when he joined the staff as an intern. He has also volunteered at the Toronto Biennial of Arts, the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Arts and supported as Finance Coordinator for Culture’s Compass: a virtual conference sponsored by Humber’s Center for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI) in partnership with Work in Culture.
Cory Therrien is an administrative and marketing professional with a diverse range of professional experience in areas such as office management, purchasing, event coordination, and product and brand analysis and departmental budgeting. She has a B.A.A. in Office and Administrative Studies and a certificate in marketing from Ryerson University.
Cory is a believer in life-long learning and strives to acquire new skills and knowledge in her work, continuing education studies and art and calligraphy classes.