STAFF &

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Isorine Marc: Founder, Executive & Artistic Director

Isorine obtained her Masters Degree in Performing Arts Management in France and has since acquired international work experience in arts organizations such as The Paris Conservatoire (France), L’École des Sables (Toubab Dialaw, Senegal), Le Centre National Chorégraphique Mathilde Monnier (France), Ausdance Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), and fFIDA-TIDF 06 (Toronto). Isorine was CORPUS' Artistic Producer from 2006 to 2018 and founded Jamii in 2011. The Esplanade neighbourhood is Isorine's home and she is a passionate advocate for her community.

Jasmin Linton - Program Manager

Jasmin is excited to put her experience in community arts, community building, event management and project coordination on full display as Jamii's Program Manager.  The new role is meant to support the programming direction set by Jamii's Executive Director and the Jamii Board of Directors.  As a 20+year resident of The Esplanade community she is personally invested in bringing the Arts to as many residents as possible.

DeeAnn Sagar - Philanthropy Manager

DeeAnn is proudly connected to the Esplanade community as she spent 10 years of successful fundraising for the Canadian Opera Company and Tapestry Opera.  She is  a multi-disciplinary artist—a musician, songwriter, writer, playwright, librettist, storyteller, photographer, and fabric artist.  DeeAnn is also a teacher and lifelong volunteer with many non-profit organizations, including being involved as a board member and advisor.

Jim Adams: Co-President

Jim Adams is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who combines his indigenous ways of being with contemporary art and scientific principles. He has worked as an indigenous educator in schools and institutions for the past ten years under his company Red Bear. Jim’s mother was a first generation Canadian, her parents having been born in Wales and Kent. He carries the DNA of the Swampy Cree and Innu from his paternal grandmother and the Mohawk from his paternal grandfather. This mix of nationalities gives Jim a great array of cultural connections to draw from. Both of his grandfathers were hunters and gatherers and knew their own respective cultural connections to the land and its inhabitants. This gentle yet profound understanding of the natural world has influenced much of his life and drawn him to seek the teachings of the plant and animal world.

Sharon McMillan: Co-President

A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (Ontario Chapter) and a current Director of Communications in the Education Sector, Sharon McMillan has been an advocate for accessible, equitable and sustainable urban living for over 20 years.  Inspired by the diverse and inclusive Esplanade community, Sharon moved her family here in 2014 and sought a way to contribute to the vitality of this neighbourhood. She soon became President of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association and now looks forward to continuing to help empower and amplify the voices and aspirations of residents here in her new role as Jamii's Co-President.

Georgia Reynolds: Past-President (2011 - 2019)

Georgia Reynolds attended the very first Jamii project in 2011 and soon after joined our Board of Directors. She was the Board Chair between 2017 - 2019 and actively participates in Jamii’s strategic planning, projects and events.  She has also been part of School Council with Market Lane P.S. and Community Center advisory committee.
From 2007 to 2017, Georgia worked for L’Oreal Canada as Salon Development Manage. She now works at Untitled by Flaunt Boutique and is a Global Trainer with L'Oreal encouraging human connection at the heart of each retail interaction. Georgia is a community builder and believes in the power in people when given the space to contribute.

Linda Leistner: Treasurer

Linda is a neighbourhood business owner who personally knows and understands the importance of community engagement.  Linda has often volunteered with Jamii, and her business, The Berkeley Castle, has been a supporter of Jamii since inception.  In 2017, Jamii welcomed Linda to the board. 

Amanda Maragos: Secretary

Amanda Maragos is the Director of Client Services and Volunteer Programs for Philip Aziz Centre and Emily's House Hospices. A member of the Esplanade/St Lawrence Community for almost 37 years, she embraces this diverse, artistic and friendly neighbourhood where she lives with her family. With hopes to balance creativity, leadership, flexibility, accountability and openness; her goal is to contribute something good and lasting to Jamii's vision for the Esplanade/St. Lawrence Neighbourhood - a special place she calls home. 

Walter Azzalini: Director

Walter is a retired teacher with a life-long career teaching at Market Lane Public School, at the heart of the Esplanade community. Walter has taught several generations of Esplanadians.

Zoie Edwards: Director

Zoie Browne has a Bachelor’s of Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University and a Master’s of Public Administration from The University of Western Ontario where she completed a MRP on “The Revitalization of Social Housing: An Analysis of Mixed-Income Housing in the City of Toronto”. From 2013 to 2017, Zoie was the Project Coordinator for Jamii and CORPUS working on various art-based community engaged projects and events in David Crombie Park on The Esplanade in downtown Toronto . Zoie is now Project Manager at Lura Consulting.

Nadifa Mohamed - Director

Nadifa recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Health studies from the University of Toronto. Since being introduced to Jamii in 2017, she has been invested in our community as a volunteer, summer student, and most recently, a director on our board.  She believes that art has the unique power to bring communities together and through her work, she hopes to achieve that.

Aziza Virani - Director

Aziza Virani is a higher education program manager focused on school-to-work transitions and international scholarships. Aziza holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Spanish from McGill University. Aziza has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of education and learning, including coaching, teaching, workshop facilitation, program coordination, and administration. A passion for travel has led to a fluency in 2 additional languages - French and Spanish - and international lived experience abroad. Aziza works to help others craft their own paths with tools that are already their own. She values strong leadership, creativity, and life-long learning.