Yvonne Francis- President

Yvonne Francis is an independent freelance multi-talented musician who takes pleasure in exploring her talents in a variety of artistic arenas.   This multi-talented musician performs a variety of music, which encompasses all African derived idioms from classical, contemporary through to jazz and new wave. Yvonne began her musical education with the Royal Conservatory of Music on the piano and saxophone, and subsequentlybecame a graduate of York University with B.F.A. Special Honours: Music Major.   Yvonne's virtuosity on the saxophone, steel drums, African drums and other percussive instruments enabled her to perform with a variety of groups and facilitate music programs within schools across the GTA.  Yvonne has had the opportunity to perform in Ghana, West Africa, Trinidad, and the USA. She is a Corporate Employee at Tora Pharmaceuticals. 

Alex Francis- Board Member

Alex Francis is a business owner and entrepreneur. He has been involved with dance Immerson for over a decade and is a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

He is active in community development projects and brings that commitment to dance Immersion. One of his current projects, in association with York University, is the creation of a new professional development training program for teachers in the Caribbean. 

Michelle Muir-Board Member

Michelle Muir is an author, poet, spoken word artist and elementary school teacher for the Peel District School Board. She is also a professional storyteller, a university lecturer and workshop presenter.  Michelle has worked as an in-house writer for Nelson Publishing and CBC Radio One.  She had the honour of being CBC Radio’s Poet Laureate for 2007 and 2007. Michelle speaks to audiences on the subjects of storytelling, poetry, spoken word and education.  Her debut collection of poetry, Nuff Said was published by TSAR Books in 2009.  Michelle is currently completing a children’s book set to be released by Cormorant Books..