Members of Pride Toronto (PT) were grilled about the organization’s lack of diversity Oct 17 following the release of the list of five candidates running for three open board seats.
Candidates seeking election to the Pride Toronto board (Courtesy of Pride Toronto)
GlynWilliams is a self-proclaimed Toronto "booster" who believes in building communities through strong partnerships and effective stakeholder relations. He speaks French and has a BA from the University of Toronto.
GlynWilliams began his career as an assistant to a Toronto councillor and spent two years as a policy and outreach advisor to the minister of municipal affairs and housing. He has spent the last three years with the Toronto 2015 Pan American & Parapan American Games (TO2015).
As a senior member of TO2015’s public affairs team, GlynWilliams serves as the point of contact for 22 levels of government, including all of Toronto City Council. He has developed strong relationships with government and become a trusted representative of a once-in-a-lifetime event.
While working with TO2015, GlynWilliams spearheaded an effort to bring together 13 different queer organizations in the city around the creation of a Pride House during the Pan Am Games.
GlynWilliams also brings considerable experience in grassroots program and volunteer development, working across diverse communities. He has developed a number of youth programs in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, was a DiverseCity fellow with Civic Action, and worked with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to develop its youth-engagement strategy.
GlynWilliams has firsthand experience with the unique challenges and opportunities that a major event can present for our region and how to maintain partnerships that maximize its potential. He says he is honoured to be seeking the responsibility of serving as a member of the Pride Toronto board of directors.
Mitra was raised in India and earned his master's degree in accounting from the University of Calcutta. He worked in various multinational companies there before immigrating to Canada in 2004. He is the finance manager of Opera Atelier, a prestigious period opera and ballet company in Toronto. He believes that his years of experience in the arts community, by virtue of his current position and his former employment at the Canadian Opera Company, make him one of those fortunate ones who can blend their interest in the arts with the expertise of numbers.
Mitra has benefited immensely from the support he's received from Toronto’s LGBTQ community and would like to pay his tribute in his own way back to the community. He brings his financial acumen as well as a wealth of international experience to the table. As an integral part of the senior management team at Opera Atelier, reporting to the executive director and finance and audit committee, his skills and competencies include preparation and analysis of financial statements, budgets and forecasts and key business indicator reports for recommendation and approval by the board and government granting organizations.
Mitra enjoys fine arts, conversations, communication and interaction with people, apart from problem solving. He is a vocal musician trained in Indian classical and contemporary music. He is also an active member of the thriving Indian community in Toronto.
Mitra has served as a treasurer on the board of directors for the Canadian Art Song Project (CASP).
His sensitivity to people, keen observation power and ability for emotive expression stand him in good stead for a position of influence.
Mossman is a seasoned event planner who has overseen events for large organizations and not-for-profits, such as Easter Seals Ontario, Special Olympics Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society, McMaster University and the University of Guelph. Mossman’s biggest achievement was being the coordinator of the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games. Most recently, he started his own national event management company, Mossman Events, planning events for not-for-profits, corporations and individuals.
Mossman received a BA in mathematics and French, a BEd Intermediate/Senior and a certificate in event management. Even though his career path changed from teaching high school math to event coordination, Mossman has developed a motivational campaign that will be launching in high schools across Canada, called This is Me, which inspires students to be proud of who they are, to accept others, and to use their individuality to contribute to their community in a positive way. The campaign stems from his experiences coming out in Northern Ontario as a gay male.
Mossman has attended Pride for two years as a participant but would like to take the leap to the board of directors to use his skills, knowledge and experiences in event management, as well as his passion for the queer community, to ensure a memorable WorldPride and to continue its legacy in the Toronto area for years to come.
Dana Suvagau was born in Timisoara, Romania. She earned her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 2007. During her final year, she participated in the Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments Intensive at Osgoode, a program that explores legal issues relating to indigenous people and indigenous rights. She also completed an honours baccalaureate in social sciences with a specialization in criminology from the University of Ottawa.
Suvagau has pursued a career in public service working for the Office of the Correctional Investigator in Ottawa and most recently as a staff lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario. Her commitment to providing advocacy for marginalized people led her to pursue a career in social justice and to seek opportunities within the Toronto community to protect and sustain diversity.
Suvagau currently sits on the board of Octavia Films, a non-profit organization that serves to address the gender disparity in film by supporting a new generation of aspiring young women who seek viable careers as filmmakers.
As a board member for Pride Toronto, Suvagau’s experience and skills will allow her to connect with diverse members of the community in order to foster partnerships and develop member engagement.
Toronto’s Pride Week festival played an important role in Tremeer’s personal development and coming out as gay (a 20-year saga he is happy to share). Tremeer brings a variety of unique personal perspectives to every conversation, including “recently out” and “gay parent.” Tremeer is committed to finding ways to support members of the queer communities to celebrate their sexuality and to support people coming out.
At work, Tremeer is the director of corporate services and project management at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Tremeer has extensive experience in financial management, board governance, government relations, fund development and stakeholder management for not-for-profit organizations.
In the community, Tremeer has served recently on two volunteer boards. As a board member with Kindle Communities Organization (2008–2013), Tremeer worked to develop properties and provide socially responsible rental properties to not-for-profit organizations serving at-risk children and families. As president of the St Joseph’s Guelph Rehabilitation Corp board of directors (2009–2013), Tremeer assisted this new organization through the strategic and operational plan development.
When not at work or volunteering, Tremeer enjoys time at the beach, volleyball with the Toronto Spartan League, time at the gym, photography, and playing with daughters Kyla and Julie. Tremeer is excited to have this opportunity to refocus his volunteer efforts in support of Toronto’s queer communities. Tremeer is committed to representing the views of the members and volunteers during WorldPride 2014 and beyond WorldPride to make the Pride Toronto festival the premier Pride event.