PAONE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alysha Addetia, director
Alysha is an artist educator and musician, teaching in schools across Toronto and performing solo and part of ensembles nationally and globally. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Music and Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Toronto. Previously, Alysha has volunteered and worked as an Education Assistant with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, sparking her excitement and interest into the world of arts administration and the importance of education within it. She has also been an Arts and Culture Board Member for the Ismaili Centre Toronto, bringing exciting programs and initiatives to the Centre.
Alysha is an advocate for diversity and a global approach at education, valuing a strong foundation in appreciating diverse cultures from a young age and using music as a means to reach that goal. She has received numerous notable awards for her work in early childhood music education and her interests and research in Ethnomusicology. As a flautist, Alysha has had experience performing in many genres and styles of music, including symphonic winds, orchestral, popular, jazz, Sufi, KIezmer, West African, and classical music.
Peg Dunnem, director
Peg is dedicated to building, connecting and sustaining an inclusive and accessible global arts community.
Presently as Program Coordinator at the London Clay Art Centre and with over a decade of arts programming experience in public and university galleries and museums, Peg’s highlights include grant-funded opportunities for Indigenous youth, racialized girls, people with disabilities, multicultural, intergenerational and underserved populations.
Upon her completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Studio Art and Art History from Indiana University, she has worked extensively in social practice, public art, art education and textile design. Her success in creating, leading and facilitating public programs has garnered OAAG award nominations in education, a City of Stratford Woman of the Year in Arts nomination and invitations to facilitate nationally recognized art education workshops.
When Peg’s not making, teaching, celebrating, daydreaming and advocating for the arts, she can be found hammering away on her old banjo.
Patty Jarvis, ADVISOR
Patty has been a respected and passionate advocate for arts access and community engagement for more than 30 years. Past leaderships positions have included Director of Education and Outreach with Canadian Stage and Executive Director of Prologue to the Performing Arts as well as leading audience and student engagement programs with Studio 180 Theatre, b-Current Performance and the Toronto District School Board.
Patty is a co-founder and past Chair of PAONE (Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education) and is on the Advisory Committees of the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning and CPAMO – Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement in Ontario. She is a past Chair of the Toronto Theatre Alliance (now TAPA) and past Board member of Ontario Presents.
Faeron Pileggi, Director
Faeron Pileggi is the Systems Program Coordinator – Regional Arts & Media Program for the Durham Catholic District School Board. Faeron is responsible for the planning and implementation of this new regional arts program that is currently in its inaugural school year.
Faeron graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music (Instrumental Performance) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She went on to complete a Master of Music (Performance Research) from the University of Sydney, Australia. Since graduating, Faeron has held various positions in the arts and culture sector, including six years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where, most recently, she was the Director, Education & Community Engagement. In that role, she programmed and managed the TSO’s Young People’s Concerts, School Concerts, Exposed series, and various community engagement initiatives which reached over 65,000 people a year combined.
Faeron is a member of CNAL (The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning) and was recently awarded an Orchestras Canada “Next Generation Leader” bursary.
Breanne Ritchie, Director
As of early 2019, Breanne serves as the Education Associate - Partnership Focus at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada. It has been a joy for her to join the small yet mighty Education team at the Festival and to make Stratford her new home. Before coming to work at the Stratford Festival, Breanne spread her ambition far and wide in Toronto as an arts educator and administrator.
She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University after studying Theatre with a focus on Arts Education. She has taught at Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, oaks ‘n acorns, Artistic Edge Dance Company, and Children’s Arts Theatre School among other GTA companies. Now, as an arts administrator, she has played an integral role “behind the scenes” at YPT, Evolve Educational Tours, and oaks ‘n acorns where she was responsible for the opening and daily operations of a new location in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. Most recently at YPT, she served as Drama School Coordinator and had the opportunity to interact with the youngest of theatre participants by creating and teaching a program called Baby Drama Time.
As a member of the PAONE Board of Directors, Breanne is eager to advocate for arts education and bring our passionate community together. She has an appreciation for theatre at any level and confidence for the role it can play in a child’s social growth and development.
Rachel Robbins, Director
Rachel is committed to creating safe community spaces and barrier free experiences. She currently manages a broad array of educational programs for TO Live where she applies her passion for engaging all ages and communities with the arts. She cultivates a wide range of community partnerships & school programs, and facilitates experiences such as masterclasses, talks, and professional development opportunities with international visiting artists.
Since graduating from the University of Toronto, Rachel brings twelve years of experience to the sector. She previously managed educational programming for the Regent Park School of Music which included founding their youth committee and facilitating new programming in Parkdale and Jane Finch. She also served for four years as the youth orchestra manager for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
katherine semcesen, Director
Katherine Semcesen is the Associate Director, Education and Outreach at the Canadian Opera Company and has worked in the education and outreach department since the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2006. Her love of opera began as a student at Queen’s University while completing her Bachelor of Music. Initially, she aspired to sing on the big operatic stages across the world, but the desire to share opera with communities and schools and to find ways for people to connect with the art form was too strong to resist. Some of her most memorable projects at the COC have included: organizing and welcoming 2,000 children to the first-ever opera performance at the Four Seasons Centre; expanding the COC’s popular After School Opera Program; spearheading GrimmFest, a week‐long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Grimm’s first published book of fairy tales and the 500th performance of the COC’s opera for children, The Brothers Grimm; and developing the COC’s newest initiative, Opera for Young Audiences, productions of new operatic works for families. As an active member of the arts education community in Toronto, Katherine has also served on the PAONE Board since 2011.
Tim walker, director
Tim is currently the Manager, School Visits at Harbourfront Centre. Previously, he held the role of Education Officer, Camps and School Visits, where he taught a number of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Urban Studies and Media Studies programs throughout the school year, and acted as the Assistant Camps Coordinator, Programming and Learning for the March Break and Summer Camps programs. In addition, Tim is a member of the Board at Small Print Toronto, an organization dedicated to letting children tell their stories in whatever voice they feel most comfortable.
Tim completed his undergraduate degree at University of Toronto in Geography and Sociology. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Education at Trent University and is currently working on his Masters of Education at York University. His area of research explores the lived experience of LGBTQ teachers in the provincial education system and what impact the choice to disclose has on educators both inside and outside the classroom.
In his (rare) spare time, Tim loves to travel, see live productions of any kind and eat as much diverse cuisine as possible.