Back row (left to right): K.Hickey, J.Caswell, S.Kamboj, M.Cockburn, J.Awde, A.Bennett, J.Bertrand, C.Scott, R.Ciccotelli, G.Singh, J.Bowman, D.Whillans
Front row (left to right): G.Miles, A.Johnson, J.Jager Clark, J.Flux
Not pictured: H.Custodio, S.Hood, J.Khargie, R.Khatkur, J.Richardson, G.Gibson, E.Moore
Charles Scott (Panel Chair)
Mr. Scott is an award-winning producer and director with over 270 film and television programs to his credit. Mr. Scott has volunteered for a number of arts organizations such as the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (where he is chair of the Advisory Board), Brampton Arts Council, Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture Centre, and the Canadian Media Production Association. Mr. Scott is a graduate of Media Arts at Sheridan College and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree at Staffordshire University, UK.
José Bertrand (Panel Vice Chair)
Mr. Bertrand is a musician, Project Management Professional (PMP) and founder of JKB Communications – a talent agency based in Brampton, promoting francophone artists across Canada and internationally. Mr. Bertrand was recently appointed Cultural Export Manager for an initiative to promote Franco-Ontarian music internationally. This initiative is led by three non-profit organisations: Associations des professionnels de la chason et de la musique (APCM); Alliance nationale de l’industrie musicale (ANIM); and Réseau Ontario.
Ms. Awde taught music and primary education in the elementary school system for 36 years, before retiring in 1999. She taught summer courses at the University of Toronto, using music to help behavioural and language delayed students. Ms. Awde has a history of community involvement, including the Retired Teachers of Ontario, Retired Women Teachers of Ontario Peel North, Peel Choral Society, and the Brampton Senior Citizens Council. Ms. Awde is currently a member of the Brampton Library Board. Ms. Awde is an avid photographer and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University.
Ms. Bennett is a facilitator and community capacity builder who is passionate about the creative process as a key enabler of change and innovation. Ms. Bennett is currently the Ontario Seniors and Youth Program Coordinator for Reel Youth, where she enables underserved youth and seniors to find their voice through film. From 2013-2015, Ms. Bennett developed and lead “fuse Brampton”, a youth social innovation ecosystem initiative, with the Brampton Board of Trade. Ms. Bennett works in the Region of Peel’s Office of System Innovation, where she facilitates design thinking learning cohorts and projects.
For over 30 years, James Caswell has operated a freelance production service for animation, live action and effects design, with an emphasis on storyboards. He has experience as a director, producer, effects designer, character designer and storyboard artist. He holds a Bachelor of Design: Illustration from the OCAD University and a Master of Arts, Media Production from Ryerson University. Mr. Caswell is currently a faculty member at Sheridan College in the Bachelor of Animation program. His clients have included Walt Disney Television Animation, Nelvana/Corus, and Cuppa Coffee Animation.
Mr. Ciccotelli is a successful professional photographer, theatre director, playwright, and award-winning teacher. He has proven his ability to combine extensive experience and sound knowledge with innovative teaching to produce exciting projects that support student and artist success in the theatre arts and business of photography.
Ms. Cockburn’s company, EduStage, provides full spectrum service organization specializing in youth focussed theatre education and outreach, include programming, sales, marketing and audience development for a variety of Ontario venues. EduStage has worked, partnered, and/or consulted with the Heritage Theatre Brampton, Rose Theatre Brampton, HECFI, City of Ottawa Theatres, Sony Centre, Ryerson Theatre, Chinese Culture Centre of Toronto, Gryphon Theatre and the Living Arts Centre. EduStage has recently expanded their services to include mentorship, management, and touring of international theatre, dance, and music artists.
Mr. Custodio is an innovative professional photographer with 30 years of industry experience. His work spans weddings, social events and commercial entertainment, and has been featured in magazines, advertising, and social media. Recently, Mr. Custodio has begun photographing live entertainment, with his work featured in Odeum Magazine. In his spare time, Mr. Custodio enjoys photographing nature and distinctive architecture.
Mr. Flux is an artist and former Executive Director of Beaux-Arts Brampton, a not-for-profit artist-run centre. Mr. Flux successfully brought Art Battle Canada to Brampton with his Beaux-Arts peers. He also created “Art is Now!”, a pop-up art exhibit showcasing local emerging artists, and “Free Art Friday Peel”, a region-wide scavenger hunt for free art with 30 artists; a project that garnered the attention of the Toronto Star. Prior to his work with Beaux-Arts, Mr. Flux worked with Night and Day Studios, curating the gallery and coordinating community events. With his knowledge of event planning and marketing, Mr. Flux is committed to growing the arts in Brampton.
Born and raised in Brampton, Mr. Hickey is the owner of Stadium Comics, one of the most active comic shops in the Greater Toronto Area. He has advocated for comic books to be considered culturally significant forms of entertainment, and visual and literary works of art. Mr. Hickey continues to bring attention and publicity to many different local comic book artists and writers as a retailer. Mr. Hickey has served on the Advisory Board for the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives since May 2012, and is currently the Vice-Chair.
Ms. Hood is an accomplished music teacher with more than 45 years’ experience instructing piano, theory, harmony, music history and pedagogy in Brampton. She studied privately at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto and Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. As a young woman, she played the cello as a charter member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She became an Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Toronto in 1970. Residing in Brampton since 1960, Ms. Hood has been involved with the Brampton Zonta Club, and as a consultant to the Peel Board of Education. Semi-retired, Ms. Hood enjoys teaching at Mayfield Secondary School and at her home studio.
Jade Jager Clark
Ms. Clark is the owner and artistic director of Jade’s Hip Hop Academy, the only all hip hop and street dance studio in the Greater Toronto Area. Established in Brampton in 2006, the award-winning school boasts an impressive reputation, attracting students from across the GTA and beyond. Ms. Clark is the secretary on the Board of Directors of Dance Ontario, and chair of the Dance Ontario Youth Board. She is the founder of Street Dance Canada Inc., and organizer of the Canadian Street Dance Championships. Ms. Clark choreographed 15 performances featured during five gold medal games at the 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Ms. Johnson has been a leader in Carabram, Brampton’s multicultural festival for the past 20 years, and has served as its board president since 2004. She was president of United Achievers Community Services from 2004 to 2014, and spent 16 years as a board and committee member with Peel Children’s Aid Society. Ms. Johnson is the recipient of many awards for her community contributions, including the YMCA Peace Medallion, Brampton Citizen of the Year, Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon Women of Achievement Award, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, and Leading Women Building Communities Recognition by MPP Vic Dhillon.
Mr. Kamboj is an engineer who loves to build things, but is an artist at heart. He helped start 4CornersBrampton.com, a website to promote and celebrate Downtown Brampton. Its goal: to help Brampton be a more culturally vibrant city by telling great local stories. Mr. Kamboj enjoys being an active participant in the community, politically and culturally.
Mr. Khargie has over a decade of experience creating and implementing youth engagement strategies. He has initiated and maintained strong partnerships with police services, community partners, school boards and large corporations, which provide avenues for youth to succeed. Mr. Khargie has hands-on experience with arts program creation, facilitation, delivery as well as financial planning, administration and fundraising.
Ms. Khatkur was an educator for 33 years and for 15 of those years was a vice principal in two Brampton and two Mississauga high schools. She was also the Chair of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation Human Rights Committee. Ms. Khatkur is also serving on the Brampton University Exploratory Panel. She is a community activist, social advocate, and creator/producer of a community social justice program on Rogers TV called “Insight”, which is filmed in Brampton. Ms. Khatkur loves art, travel, and is inspired by the phenomenal youth that drive her spirit for change.
Ms. Richardson is the author of “The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life” – a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book earned a CBC Bookie Award, an Acclaim Award, and a My People Award. In 2013, Ms. Richardson served as the Toronto District School Board writer-in-residence. Ms. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, where she serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity.
Mr. Singh has been a passionate supporter of arts and culture in Brampton for the past ten years. He has led the organization of arts-based events: from open mics to community concerts, these events focused on providing youth with a positive space and platform to showcase their creative talents. In 2014, Mr. Singh joined the advisory board for the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, and helped organize their first-ever Sikh Heritage Month Celebrations. This innovative partnership engaged artists and heritage groups across Ontario, and was recognized by the Ontario Museum Association with the Community Engagement Award of Excellence. Mr. Singh is an active community member and currently is the Chair of the City of Brampton's Inclusion and Equity Committee.