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.
Aina-Nia Ayo'dele - Secretary
Aina-Nia Ayo'dele is a renowned leadership development trainer, ancient wisdom teacher and life coach is on a mission to supporting women worldwide in remembering their power™. She is the founder and managing director of Sacred Women International (SWI), an organization that inspires individuals to remember and reclaim their power so as to create sustainable changes in their lives, as well as influence economic, social and political changes in their families, communities and the world.
Aina-Nia has worked in the area of corporate and community leadership development for over two decades. Through her effective impacts in these environments, she developed and facilitated various personal and professional development programs, including the SLT™ (Sacred Leadership Training) for women.
Aina-Nia passionately shares her innovative theories and techniques on self-care as a means to supporting personal and organizational resilience for those in social and political movements. She has presented to academic, corporate, spiritual and civil society audiences in Canada, USA, the Caribbean and Ghana. Most recently, she has been touring The Healing Arts for Personal & Organizational Wellness™ program across Canada.
Aina-Nia is a doctoral student and was recently nominated as Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. In 2008 was nominated as one of Toronto’s most inspiring women. In 2015 she was recognized by the Ontario government for her contributions to community. She has received recognitions by both the Canadian and USA media including Heart & Soul and Planet Africa magazines. Aina-Nia is in the process of completing her first documentary television series called, Remembering Her Power™ and her online leadership course will be launched in the fall of 2016.
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..