Our volunteer Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that Creating Together is well-managed and well-resourced in order to serve our community for years to come. Board members are active participants at the centre, along with their children.
Creating Together Board of Directors 2017
Alan McDougall – Board Chair
Alan McDougall is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Creating Together, as well as a Professor of History at the University of Guelph. He has been Chair since 2015, a Board member since 2012, and a regular at Creating Together with his two daughters, Sophie and Lotte, ever since they first moved to the neighbourhood in 2011. For him, Creating Together represents the best of the diverse, open, and caring community spirit so frequently found in Parkdale. He is very proud to be working with a wonderful staff and fellow Board members to continue 40 years of great work!
Naomi Fraser – Treasurer
Naomi Fraser is a senior policy advisor for the provincial government, with over a decade of experience in policy for systems change and redesigning public services for the 21st century. In her spare time, she is leading a Learning City project to build strong neighbourhoods through lifelong learning. She loves Creating Together’s amazing and inclusive staff and for creating such a welcoming environment to connect with other parents and caregivers in Parkdale.
Sarah Aranha – Secretary
Sarah Aranha is a full time graduate student, pursuing an MA in Adult Education and Community Development. She has been participating in Creating Together programs for over a year – her son loves returning to his favourite toys and games each time they visit, and Sarah is glad to be a part of a supportive group of parents and caregivers. As a Board member Sarah enjoys working with the great team at Creating Together planning fun events for families, developing programs and contributing to the Parkdale community.
As a long time Parkdale resident and local Realtor, Pavlena loves Creating Together. She grew up in the neighbourhood and, after having 2 kids, found a significant connection to the community that she had not experienced before. Creating Together has been a huge part of that connection to community – her family has been coming to the centre almost daily for the last 2 years, sometimes even twice a day! Pavlena appreciates the amazing staff, and believes it is a fantastic way for not just young kids to gain social skills, but for parents to meet others in the community.
Originally from England, Alisdair has been living in Canada for two and a half years but only came to Toronto in September. He has a masters degree in physics with astrophysics, is currently a stay at home dad, and brings his youngest son to Creating Together about once a week. As someone new to Toronto, he appreciates the work Creating Together does in disseminating knowledge and help to parents from a range of backgrounds. He hopes that by joining the Board he can continue to give back to his family’s new home.
Emily Tombs Shaw
Emily and her two daughters love the creative and inclusive environment of Creating Together. She believes it is truly a one of a kind space for young children in the Parkdale and Roncesvalles communities. This is her first year as a board member and she is excited to help support the wonderful staff and programming as well as the future redesign of the centre. Emily is a senior manager for PC Financial with a focus on business and marketing strategy. In her spare time, she is also co- chair of the Friends of Charles G. Playground Group and enjoys volunteering in the community.
Julia is mother to Elizabeth and Alexander, and they have been coming to Creating Together since Lizzie was a baby. They all love circle time and singing with our friends at Creating Together. When she is not spending time with her kids, she is counsel at the Department of Justice for the federal government.
Interested in joining Creating Together’s Board of Directors?
We welcome all parents and caregivers to contribute their time and skills as a Board member. Please contact our Program Manager, Zalikha Ramjohn (creatingtogether [at] rogers.com), if you would like to get involved.