Board of Directors

Tariq Sami: has been a graphic designer and illustrator since the early 1990s, working primarily with non-profits and arts organizations. He has also worked for many years as a researcher in the area of post-secondary education, and most recently he has been developing and designing educational material related to justice and legal rights for youth.

JP Hornick (Treasurer): Coordinator of the School of Labour at George Brown College and a long-time social activist. JP is also vice-chair of the OPSEU Divisional Executive for the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology–Academic. As an experienced educator and steward, JP is committed to bringing a socially progressive labour perspective to students and workers through workshops, training, and community events. JP has been a community contributor on several Red Dress Productions projects.

Chris Veldhoven (Secretary): LGBTQ (spectrum) Parenting Advocate, Researcher, and Programs Coordinator working in downtown Toronto . Chris has been an enthusiastic community contributor on several Red Dress Productions projects.

A.M. Campbell: Mental Health and Housing Case Manager and Advocate, and Organic Gardener and Permaculturalist. A.M. has been a proud community contributor on several Red Dress Productions projects.

Syrus Marcus Ware: Visual Artist, Community Activist, Researcher, Youth-Advocate and Educator, and Program Coordinator of the AGO Youth Program, Art Gallery of Ontario. As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation and performance to challenge systemic oppression.  In 2005, Syrus was voted “Best Queer Activist” by Now Magazine, and in 2012 he was awarded the Steinert and Ferreiro Award for LGBT community leadership and activism. Syrus holds degrees in Art History, Visual Studies and a Masters in Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto.

Margaret Alexander:  has been a social justice activist and educator for over 20 years. The primary focus of her work has been gender based violence, systemic oppression, anti-black and anti-indigenous racism and transformative practice. Her lived experiences as a radicalized, Indigenous, queer, two spirit person, has meant that she feels this oppression first hand all the while witnessing her own complicity in oppressing other people. As a result, she has spent many years actively pursuing opportunities to learn and build an integrated intersectional multi-dimensional anti-oppression analysis and continues to share her understanding and practice through the development of programs, policies, curriculum and training.

Margaret has worked in both women’s shelter and rape crisis services, developing programming that provided support and advocacy to self-identified women who had experienced violence, as well as delivering anti-oppression training to frontline shelter workers all over the province. She has earned an MA from Royal Roads University, BC in Learning and Technology and currently puts these skills to good use at George Brown College Liberal Arts and Sciences Department where she teaches in the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselor/Advocate Program. Her experience includes both in-person and online course delivery and development.

Shira Spector: Dyke Mom, Writer, Cartoonist, Community Arts Educator and Program Coordinator at Arts Etobicoke Community Arts Council. Shira is inspired by the theatricality of things from tropical fish to aqua musicals. Believing that play and poetry are not luxuries, and that opportunities to embrace the fantastical belongs to daily living, she accepts defying the mundane as her personal mission in life. With the support of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council she is currently writing a trilogy of graphic novels.

Anna Camilleri (Ex Officio, Artistic Co-Director)

Tristan R. Whiston (Ex Officio, Artistic Co-Director)