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Leadership Team
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ISORINE MARC

FOUNDER & ALCHEMIST

Isorine obtained her Masters Degree in Performing Arts Management in France and has 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 since 2006 and she is a passionate advocate for her community.

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MARYAM ALIREZA

NURTURER

Maryam has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Maryam previously worked in public service, most recently at the City of Toronto where she focused on shelter and supportive housing policy.

A newcomer to Canada and resident of the Esplanade since 2019, she was introduced to Jamii through attending sewing workshops and has since found a home in Jamii. As Jamii's Nurturer since 2023, she is excited to continue creating a welcoming experience for all through a focus on community engaged arts.

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TAMEEM RAHAL

ARBORIST

Tameem is a first generation Lebanese Canadian who is a proud Torontonian. She's lived many lives starting her career with an Engineering and MBA degree, working in management consulting, moving to Kenya to help start a solar company, breaking into the IT scene, starting a few small businesses and eventually landing her in a more artistic and creative industry.  Tameem joined Jamii in 2022 and as an Arborist, her responsibility is to take care of Jamii's environment and culture, and make sure that the way Jamii engages with artists and the community aligns with Jamii's mission and values.

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MAYSAM GHANI

FORMER ENHANCER

Maysam is a settler with Palestinian and Syrian roots, who was born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) in The Esplanade 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 educator, a published emerging poet, and community organizer. Maysam has been involved in Jamii since 2011, as a participant, youth volunteer, artist, Summer project coordinator, and as Jamii’s first ever Enhancer in 2022.

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IRIS UNLU

AMPLIFIER

Iris has been working in marketing for 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 Jamii in 2021 as a Graphic Designer and became Jamii’s Amplifier in 2022. Iris is excited to continue engaging with the Esplanade, especially as she has been a proud Esplanadian since 2020.

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YUSRA YACOUT

CONNECTOR

Yusra is Toronto born and raised Yemeni and Eritrean. Since she joined Jamii in 2022, her mission is to connect locals 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.

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OMELETTE

BARKER

Omelette was raised in The Esplanade neighbourhood where her natural talent for loudness led her to a passion for barketing. Omelette studied wolves via distance education (internet videos) to get an advanced degree in Howling Honours. Omelette joined Jamii as a Barker in 2023 where she lends her artistic noise to attract the community to Jamii events and The Jamii Hub. Although she volunteers at Jamii, Omelette is a working breed, which means  community members can ask her to show them a trick anytime when they see her.

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JONELLE SILLS

CONNECTOR

Jonelle is a Canadian Soprano and joined Jamii in 2022 as a Connector, thanks to the support of the Metcalf Foundation's Performing Arts Internship Program. Jonelle was named one of York University’s top 30 alumni under 30 for 2022 and in 2020 was one of CBC Music’s classical “30 under 30” performers and is a 2019 Dora award winner for “Outstanding performance of an Ensemble” in Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain Theatre. Jonelle holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. Jonelle believes that her work in opera can have a social and cultural impact.

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AFNAN YAKOT

CONNECTOR

Afnan was born 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 since 2022, she is one of Jamii’s Connectors and creates 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.

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NADIFA DAUD MOHAMED

FORMER NURTURER

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 a Nurturer in 2022 and 2023. Through her role, she became a supportive figure to the girls and women of The Esplanade by providing them with opportunities to foster their leadership skills through the arts. During Nadifa's term, the Nurturer position at Jamii was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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