The Jamii Team
Artistic & Executive 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.
Iris has been working in marketing for almost a decade, in both Turkey and Canada. Before discovering her passion for creating ideas that have a profound influence on people, Iris completed her Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering in Turkey and later received a diploma from Sheridan College in Advertising and Marketing Communications in Canada. Iris was thrilled to get an opportunity to engage in community-based work when she joined our team in 2021 as a Graphic Designer and became Jamii’s Amplifier in 2022. Iris is excited to continue engaging with the Esplanade neighbourhood, especially as she has been a proud Esplanadian since 2020.
Maysam Abu Khreibeh
Maysam, Jamii’s Enhancer, is a Muslim settler with Palestinian and Syrian roots, who was born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) in the Esplanade community - Jamii’s home community. She is a graduate with a degree in Global Development Studies and Bachelor of Education with specializations in First Nations, Metis and Inuit studies, and History from Queen’s University. Maysam is an aspiring educator, a published emerging poet, and community organizer who has experience organizing with various grassroots collectives. Maysam has been involved in Jamii’s work off and on since 2011, as a participant, youth volunteer, artist, Summer project coordinator, and now as Jamii’s first ever Enhancer. Maysam’s mission is to make things greater at Jamii. Not only does she enrich our voice through communications and marketing, she also contributes to Jamii’s operations and is co-leading our newest photo exhibit as part of our youth programming.
Nadifa received her 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, board member and most recently, a ‘Nurturer.’ Through her role, she hopes to be a supportive figure to the girls and women of the Esplanade by providing them with opportunities to foster their leadership skills through the arts.
The Nurturer position at Jamii is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Yusra is Muslim Toronto born and raised Yemeni and Eritrean. Her mission at Jamii is to do all that is needed to connect local older adults and seniors with artists and artistic experiences. Yusra is currently attending the Humber College Law Clerk Program and supports Jamii’s administrative operations. She also has a bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University in Child and Youth Care. Yusra has a wide experience ingrained in the community. Through the years, she has been a Project Coordinator with Jamii, a children’s program leader in the community, a caseworker, and early childhood assistant. She is also the youth rep of the St Lawrence Community Recreation Centre Advisory Council.
Afnan was born and raised in Toronto, in the Esplanade. She has a long-lasting relationship with Jamii as she has been a part of a few of Jamii’s projects growing up. She has also previously worked with Jamii as a Summer Student Coordinator back in 2020 and is now joining Jamii as one of Jamii’s Connectors. What she hopes to accomplish in her new position is to create a more deep-rooted relationship between people in the Esplanade community and Jamii. Afnan is currently studying Project Management at George Brown College, after graduating she hopes on obtaining a PMP Certification.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Zoie Edwards 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.
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.
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.
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.
Founding Member & Director
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.
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.