Board of Directors
The Centre staff is a dedicated group of individuals with diverse backgrounds
and shared a passion for social change through artistic and social practices.
If you have any questions, comments, or collaboration ideas, we’d like to hear from you.
Teba Faisal is an Iraqi-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and designer in Hamilton, ON, holding a BFA in Studio Arts with a minor in Political Science from McMaster University. Her most recent work engages in conversations about the depiction of Arab culture and Islam in the media and the way it mobilizes racism and xenophobia in the Western world. She is currently the chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and sits on the programming committee for Centre.
Lawyer, Educator, Professor
Aytak Dibavar is an Iranian-Canadian lawyer, Assistant Professor and a decolonial feminist educator at Gender and Social Justice Program at McMaster teaching from/about queer, postcolonial, decolonial, and anti-racist knowledge production. Aytak holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Gender Studies and . They read and write about race, gender, memory, political trauma, and silence.
For almost a decade, Aytak has developed a dual academic and activist career on issues pertaining to women’s right in Iran and refugees and immigrants in Canada – specifically related to trauma survivors, resettlement, and barriers to education and workplace access for femme refugees. Aytak has a great passion for people and their lived experiences. They are interested in life-narratives; the ways in which people make sense of their own life, whether and how they narrate it to others and why they remain silent about it.
Aytak tries to spend most of their free time either outdoors enjoying and experiencing nature or creating and consuming art. Painting and poetry are not only important political categories for their work but are deeply apart of who they are. They incorporate art in their daily life – through visiting local galleries and painting – and in their pedagogy.
Olivia Brouwer is an award-winning emerging artist from Cambridge, Ontario. In 2016, she graduated from the Art and Art History joint program, specializing in painting and printmaking, at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Since then, her work has been exhibited in a number of shows across Southern Ontario, some of which include the Blackwood Gallery, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and the Robert Kananaj Gallery in collaboration with Emerging Young Artists. She was a recent recipient of the Centre Emerging Artist Residency program and the Artist Residency program at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton, Ontario (2020-2021). In 2021, she was one of 52 finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize, an award winner of the City of Hamilton Creator Award, as well as one of 5 finalists for the JRG Emerging Artist Award.
As a partially blind artist, Brouwer explores the idea of blindness through her art, melding organic and geometric abstraction with scenes inspired by natural organisms and spiritual teachings relating to vision from both a metaphorical and literal sense. She translates the concept of blindness into a symbol, using it to examine ideas surrounding belief, meaning, clarity, and sight. Her most recent work explores various encounters with art which activate human senses, enabling an inclusive experience for both visually impaired and sighted viewers.
Elizabeth S. Abraham
Elizabeth S. Abraham is a family lawyer who practices in Brantford, Simcoe and Cayuga. Born in Hamilton, Elizabeth has resided in the Niagara Region, Ottawa, Toronto, and overseas in the U.K. Having lived a nomadic lifestyle for many years, she is proud to call Hamilton her permanent home as of 2012. Elizabeth is passionate about the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the arts, as well as the accessibility of arts education. She recognizes the positive impact the arts can play in enriching a community, having previously been involved in many choral, symphonic and dramatic productions. Having admired their work in the community for many years, Elizabeth is thrilled to join Centre and welcomes the opportunity to help advance their mission of creating social change through the arts. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys playing the piano, discovering new restaurants, and immersing herself in the artistic events that Hamilton has to offer.
Artist & Actor
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Melissa Murray-Mutch is a recent arrival from Union City, New Jersey (August 2018). Melissa spent her adult life and theatre training in New York City. Melissa is a professional actress and teaching artist. She made her theatrical debut in Hamilton with the Canadian premiere of David Auburn’s play “Lost Lake” for the Hamilton Fringe Festival. She also performed in Light Echo Theatre’s inguaral production of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” at the Staircase Theatre as well as Tony Vierra’s Plan B series also at the Staircase.
In NY, she performed with the American Slavery Project’s “Unheard Voices,” Hudson Theatreworks, The Fire This Time Festival as well as the New Perspectives Theater. Off-Broadway: “Death of the Liberal Class” ( The New Ohio Theater), “Playboy of the West Indies”, and “Babes in Boyland”(Lincoln Center Theater), and in the regional theater production of “This” by Melissa James Gibson at the Shaker Bridge Theater in New Hampshire. Film and T.V. credits include the short film “Hungry,” “The Coroner,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and “Sesame Street.” Melissa is a proud member of CAEA, ACTRA, AEA & SAGAFTRA.
Architect & Professor
Originally from north Toronto, Colleen Reid has lived in Hamilton for the past 20 years. Colleen is a practicing architect who has taught at OCAD University (in Toronto) for 26 years, of which she was the Assistant Dean, Associate Dean or Acting Dean for 11 years. Colleen has taught in the Faculty of Design, focusing on the Environmental Design Program. Colleen’s architectural practice concentrates on administrative, community, multi-tenant residential, and school buildings for First Nations throughout Ontario. Additionally, Colleen practices art in painting and collage, and has completed an Art Thesis at McMaster University.
Colleen’s important accomplishments include working on school feasibility studies for five First Nations bands, three in the far north of Ontario. One of these studies was for a Thunder Bay high school for First Nations, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, which includes a much needed live-in building supporting students from northern communities. Colleen is currently working on the administrative building and council chamber for the Saugeen First Nation on Lake Huron (under construction), and has just completed design and tendering for a community building for Wasauksing First Nation (Parry Sound). All buildings are designed to represent, support and respect their community’s rich cultural heritage.
Jeannie Kyungjin Kim is a Korean-Canadian artist and educator who uses Korean materials to research and interrogate historical methodologies and mediums. Jeannie holds a Master of Arts in Art Education (Concordia University) and a Honors Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History (University of Toronto and Sheridan College). For more than six years, Jeannie has delivered diverse visual and digital art programs in the community and at the post-secondary level, teaching everybody from young children to seniors.
Notably, she has held instructor positions at the City of Mississauga, the Living Arts Centre, and Concordia University. She currently resides in Hamilton, which is situated upon traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.
Originally from Dundas, Ontario, Steve Gaul now resides in Oakville. Steve holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Brock University and is currently a Chartered Accountant (Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario) for Deloitte.
Steve is on the Board of Directors for Centre “to be a part of an organization which collaborates and gives back to the community through social enterprise programs for youth.”
Entrepreneur & Financial Broker
David Hosten was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in the Caribbean. David moved to Canada in 1985 and has been living in Hamilton since 2001. David previously worked in the financial and technology sectors, and is now a DARTS driver. David has exhibited his photography professionally in Ottawa and Hamilton. Previously, David was the founder and publishing editor of International Free Press (TIME magazine – NETWATCH – August 16, 1994). David is currently working on his next exhibition and working towards a publication of short stories.
“I have always loved the arts; my father was a painter and my grandmother a poet and lyricist. After spending years on other boards, the opportunity came where I could join Centre3 and I jumped at the opportunity to connect more with the arts in Hamilton.”
Barin Osho was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She moved to Canada in 2017 to further her education and has been living in Hamilton, Ontario ever since. Barin is an artist who aims at combining her faith, life experiences and reflections to represent her identity in her works. She is in her third year at McMaster University, pursuing a degree in studio art and philosophy.
“I joined the board of Centre  to be a voice for the creative youth and fellow emerging artists and students. Centre  provides me with the opportunity to establish connections with people who share a passion for guiding and supporting creative youths as well as reviving the creative spirit of Hamilton City .”