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Allie is a Toronto-born, Halifax-based administrator, database manager, artist, and dog mom. Her educational background is in social work, with a focus on anti-oppressive practice, critical anti-racism, gender diversity studies, and psychology. She has worked for and volunteered with organizations such as Pride Toronto, AVNU, Social Planning Toronto, MyStand Mentorship, Feed the Need, Lighthouse Consulting, Community Care, the Boys and Girls Club, and previously co-owned an event planning company in Toronto.

Allie Harvey

grant review team

The Grant Review Team (GRT) reviews applications for funding and makes the funding recommendations for ArtReach. The GRT is made up of a group of qualified volunteers with extensive experience in youth engagement through the arts, and includes young artists and community workers from across the City experienced in a wide variety of artistic disciplines.

Kamika Peters (kmk ptrs) is a multi-disciplinary community artists. They are interested in their co-existence with oppressive social constructs. Some sites of their exploration are Sketch Working Arts, ILL NANA Diversecity Dance Company, and the Krafty Queers' Drag Musical. Unconditional housing, access to clinical therapy, cultural activities within non-clinical community spaces, and inter-generational mentorship are some of the ways they believe allyship for community can happen respectfully.

Kamika Peters

Patrick Walters is a poet and arts educator who is dedicated to sharing stories that speak to the issues we all battle daily. His work is a reminder to us to keep going and to not give up on our own hopes and dreams, until we can make them a reality. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from York University, Patrick has been focused primarily on his arts education career as well as sharing his works of poetry on stages across Canadian and American cities as well as St. Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean where he grew up.

Patrick Walters

Beerus Junior Ayrah Taerb is an established songwriter, concept artist, and transcendence consultant. After establishing himself professionally as a rap lyricist in 2011, he dived headfirst into the worlds of film production and event curation as a Concept Artist. In 2018, he further deepened his commitment to the arts by founding Ayrah Taerb, a Transcendence Consulting Firm that provides creative professionals with sustainable solutions to business, health, and wealth related issues.

Beerus Junior Ayrah Taerb

Rinchen Dolma is the Founder and Artistic Director of MADE IN EXILE. She is an emerging creative who uses different mediums of storytelling to explore the complex identities of being a Tibetan navigating exile-hood. She is a community arts practitioner who is passionate about engaging her peers in creating art for themselves so to become the next generation of culture makers. MADE IN EXILE is a past recipient of Artreach.

Rinchen Lama

Lex Leosis' roots are in the competitive world of slam poetry and rap, and she has a notable spot in the Toronto underground scene. Lex has played on the same line-ups as Joey Bada$$, DVSN, Michie Mee, Maestro Fresh Wes, Drake, Jidenna, Miguel, and is also a trained and practicing teaching artist. She has worked for BAM! Toronto Youth Slam, Hamilton Youth Poets, Louder Than a Bomb Canada, and the Ministry of Education's program Experience Ontario.

Lex Leosis

Sahar Golshan is a writer and a language learner. She has had the great joy of working closely with young people on Turtle Island and around the globe in leadership positions with Canadian Roots Exchange and Canada World Youth. She lives on Indigenous lands governed by treaty relationships as both a settler and the daughter of refugees from Iran, Vietnam, and China. Sahar is currently developing a collection of creative non-fiction stories and a podcast on language, identity, and Toronto called Speaking My Language.

Sahar Golshan

A lifetime immersed in the performing arts has made Joshua “Scribe” Watkis entirely devoted to the gift of storytelling. Through Spoken Word Poetry and Hip-Hop, he has taken thousands into his world to experience it as he does. Scribe has performed on stages across Canada, appeared on CBC and has even opened for the legendary Hip-Hop band ‘The Roots’ with ‘The Uncharted’ collective. Joshua is also an Arts Educator and event organizer, a Board member of BAM! Youth Slam, and a curator for the Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam.

Joshua Watkis