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.
Jaskaran Kalra, Treasurer
Jaskaran has been involved with Children’s Peace Theatre since 2010 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his professional background and from his experience working with charities in India. Jaskaran Kalra is a Business Systems Analyst at Just Energy, a leading provider of natural gas, electricity and green energy solutions in North America. With an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and an Engineering degree, Jaskaran has over four years of extensive experience in Computer Science Engineering and Finance and specializes in driving projects and process improvements. He is keen on using his expertise to help support and develop the operational capacity of Children’s Peace Theatre.
Matthew Haldoupis, Director
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.
Ekaterina Dovjenko, Director
Ekaterina is Masters of Architecture student at the University of Toronto. Hailing from Vancouver, she completed her Bachelor in Commerce at the University of British Columbia and went into real estate development where she fell in love with architecture instead. After a brief stint travelling around the world and witnessing a wide variety of cultures, she moved to Toronto to pursue architecture. She is fascinated in the intersection between architecture, art, culture and philanthropy. She is excited to work with the Children’s Peace Theatre on creating a culture of peace through art and theatre.
Nuwan Rajapakse, Vice-Chair
Roger Langen, 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."
"Peace is not some far flung concept but rather a realizable goal of compassion towards oneself, towards others and towards the planet we live in."
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