Board of Directors
Liuba Mamonova, Chair
Liuba is a management consulting professional with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Growing up she had an extensive immersion in visual and graphic arts. Liuba was attracted to the Children’s Peace Theatre by the work that CPT does with youth in the community, leveraging various dramatic and visual art tools. She joined the Children’s Peace Theatre as Board Member in January 2011 and has served on the board as Treasurer and most recently as Chair.
Tharani Balachandran, Director
Before moving to Toronto, Tharani travelled and volunteered extensively throughout South Asia and Africa, studied Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia and Law at the University of Victoria, and spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying nature (something she finds harder to do in the concrete jungle). Outside of her job as an in-house lawyer, Tharani enjoys volunteering with youth and has a great appreciation for the arts (mostly as an enthusiastic audience member, although she has dabbled in dance and acting). Tharani tends to gravitate towards initiatives that promote immigrant and refugee issues, social justice and youth-led peace initiatives like CPT. She is excited to be part of an organization that promotes using art as a tool to heal, educate and express emotion.
Michelle Cruickshank, Director
Michelle is a social psychology researcher/ practitioner and former dance teacher/choreographer. She completed her Master of Applied Psychology at the University of London where she focused her research on reducing implicit ethnic prejudice in youth through cultural arts. As an avid traveler, Michelle is passionate about immersing herself in other cultures, specifically in the various performance, media, and visual art forms found around the world. Michelle works in program evaluation and development and facilitates transformational processes in groups such as conflict resolution and leadership building.
Matthew Haldoupis, Treasurer
Matthew has been a Senior Systems Analyst for the Ontario Power Generation Corporation (OPG) Nuclear Systems for over 20 years. He spent ten years at the Darlington Site in IT Operations, specializing in maintenance and development of local systems and eight years supporting OPG and Bruce Power Corporate Enterprise Nuclear Systems with concentrations in work management, inventory and related subsystems. Matthew has been a Board Member for ten years and has been involved with Children’s Peace Theatre since its early days. His daughter Nicole was one of the very first Peace Campers and was an in-school workshop participant, Junior Guide and Guide at Peace Camp, a YLTP participant, as well as the Summer Events Coordinator for two summers.
Maxine Brown, Director
Maxine Browin is a Group Program Coordinator at Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS), a children’s mental health agency and the co-founder of Akuesi Consulting Services, an organization that is dedicated to addressing the barriers to effective program delivery. She is a Masters of Environmental Studies Candidate at York University with and expected graduation date of Fall 2015. Maxine has initiated and delivered several culturally relevant intervention programs for youth across the GTA and in Ghana that utilizes a Rites of Passage framework. Maxine has a passion for working with and on behalf of young people.
Hayley Glaholt, Director
Hayley was born and raised in Toronto, but has spent the past ten years living in the United States (Boston and Chicago). In June 2014, she completed her PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Public Life at Northwestern University, where she researched and taught Quakerism, animal ethics, and nonviolence. Her long-standing interest in peace is expressed in her commitment to veganism, and she has volunteered extensively in the fields of animal welfare, domestic violence, and pacifism in faith communities. Having moved back to Toronto in the summer of 2014, Hayley was drawn to the mission and practice of the Children’s Peace Theatre, as she is a passionate supporter of socially-conscious and transformative arts among youth. She currently works at a Toronto-based law firm and is training to become a family mediator and restorative justice practitioner.
What does peace mean to me? "In my own life and practice, I understand 'peace' as nonviolent, compassionate thoughts and actions towards all living beings-- including the earth."
Nuwan Rajapakse, Vice-Chair
Andrea Scott, Director
Some thoughts on what peace means to our board..
"Peace is putting aside differences for the greater good, bringing light into dark spaces."
"Peace means having a collective empathy and compassion toward all beings."
If you are interested in learning more about our Board of Directors, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org