Board of Directors


Dr. Ewa J. Antczak, President

School psychologist with many years of experience. She developed the IdealMe program and was nominated for the Mary Neville Award for her contributions to child and youth mental health in the areas of prevention and early intervention. Dr. Antczak is an author of several research papers, books and articles that are related to leadership and attitude change.

Karim Mirshahi, Vice-President

Experienced Publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Integrated Marketing, Advertising, and Entrepreneurship. Strong media and communication professional with a B. Sc. from University of Guelph and Waterloo.

M. Janet Kasperski, RN. MHSc. CHE, Wellbeing and Emotional Intelligence

Jan is referred to as a visionary leader of system reform focused on quality, best practices, efficiency and innovations. Her previous experiences as a clinician, educator, researcher and member of several healthcare boards have provided Jan with the underpinnings of a successful administrative career, anchored in a patient and family-centred approach to healthcare. As a skilled consultant, she conducted a governance and operation review of the Ontario Psychological Association and holds the title of CEO to provide her with decision-making authority to make changes as the review unfolds.

Dr. Bhante Saranapala, Mindfulness

Known as the “Urban Buddhist Monk”, an appropriate nomenclature for a Buddhist Monk for modern times, Dr. Bhante Saranapala has been acclaimed as a consummate teacher of meditation by a growing number of seekers of spiritual and healthy life and peace of mind in North America and Europe who admire his simple and all-embracing approach in transmitting the universal message of love, kindness, compassion, understanding and wisdom. He has earned an enviable reputation as a global public speaker and a meditation master par excellence.

Urszula Urac M. Ed., OCT, IdealMe Educational Outreach Coordinator

Teacher with a Master's of Education Degree from the University of Toronto. She has fifteen years experience working with students as a teacher, coach, mentor, and has organized many extra-curricular events at the school and Board level.

Elsa Hsieh, Community Outreach Director

Elsa Hsieh studied both piano performing and teaching at Birmingham Conservatoire, in the UK. She was awarded the 1st prize in the Wales Tystysgrif piano competition in 1988. Elsa also formed her Dolce De Soleil Music group which has performed in many multicultural events. Elsa Hsieh is a music director, and also the vice president of the Distinguished Citizens Society of Toronto and a full-time realtor in Century 21 Green Realty with outstanding achievements. Besides all the concert events, Elsa recently was given an award by the Toronto Waterfront Magazine's Celebrating Outstanding Women annual event.

Emily Fountas, Ph.D., Expert in Internet Addiction

Emily Fountas, Ph.D. has been teaching in philosophy as an adjunct professor for over 20 years. She has taught at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and Concordia University. Most recently she authored an online course titled: “Internet Addiction: Teens, Youth and Strategies for Change” aimed at parents who may be concerned about social media and its impact on mental health, relationships and self-concept. When not authoring and teaching, Emily loves hiking, forests, music, animals, ideas and directing short film.

Dr Ilona Anna Urbaniak, Expert in AI Education

Dr Ilona Anna Urbaniak has her expertise in medical image quality assessment; she conducts research on medical image quality assessment. She has completed her PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2015 at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Currently holding a Assistant Professor position at Cracow University of Technology, Poland at the Teleinformatics Institute specializing in Data Science. Ilona has been awarded for her work on medical image quality at conferences on several occasions. Ilona is also expert in e-learning tools and educational content in artificial intelligence at the National Academic Research Institute (NASK), Warsaw, Poland.

Nicole Crellin, Human Rights Toronto Director

Nicole Crellin is an educator and a human rights advocate. She is the Youth for Human Rights Director for Toronto. For over 40 years, she has been active in promoting human rights as well as exposing human rights abuses. Miss Crellin has reached thousands through her promotional and educational activities to inform others about their 30 fundamental human rights, more specifically, those under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which has been adopted by over 190 countries around the world. The goal of Youth for Human Rights is to inspire youth to become advocates for tolerance and peace. She is passionate about building a better society where people can live in peace and harmony.
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