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Meet the Team
CHIME Digital Exhibits is an interactive website that showcases the local history of the Lakeshore Grounds region in south Etobicoke. Researched and curated in 2017 by a team from Humber College's Arts Administration and Cultural Management program, these exhibits aim to foster connectivity and appreciation for heritage among the community.
Let’s meet the team!
Leila Talei has a BA and an MA in English Literature from the University of Tehran and an MA in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson University.
An independent curator and researcher, she has presented as part of numerous conferences, such as the Intersections/CrossSections Conference in 2015.
She has also published in literary journals, including TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies in 2016.
As a self-taught and self-represented artist, Leila has always been passionate about curation and museums as an embodiment of culture and history. By contributing to the narrative for uncovered stories through interactive and attractive exhibitions, she hopes to engage the communities of which she is a part.
Heather Conyers has her BA in Anthropology from Trent University. Throughout her degree, she focused on the archaeology of Eastern Europe.
In 2017, Heather completed her Postgraduate Certificate at Humber College in Arts Administration and Cultural Management. She is passionate about museum and arts programming and making exhibits accessible and interactive. In the summer of 2017, she completed her placement in Yerevan, Armenia.
Nadine Finlay has an Honours BA in English Literature and Anthropology from Western University and has been actively involved in archaeology, anthropology, and heritage organizations throughout her career.
She aims to further her studies in First Nations Studies as well as Museums and Heritage, specializing in Ontario-based history. Having worked primarily in education, Nadine plans to build experience in programming and event management within heritage organizations.
Maya Modzynski has a BA in Communication Studies and Art History from McMaster University as well as an MA from the University of Alberta where she completed her degree in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture.
She has developed her career in arts administration through various organizations including the Art and Design Gradute Student Association at the University of Alberta and Sedun + Kanerva Architects in Toronto, Ontario.
As a born Torontonian, Maya is now involved in art development and outreach in communities found in the Western part of the city. Her interests include contemporary art and art history education.
Hillary Weppler has a BA in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Passionate about museums and heritage, she believes that heritage plays a vital role in our communities and looks to heritage as a tool for building and creating communities.
Jennifer Norman is a multidisciplinary blogger and arts marketer based in Toronto. She holds an Honours BA in Theatre from York University where she helped lead the publicity crew and oversaw two consecutive seasons of sold-out performances.
Her media accomplishments have included accreditation at internationally-recognized cultural events such as New York Comic Con, and her written work has been featured on a number of prominent North American websites.
She completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program in 2017. As media director and a self-professed history nerd, she is thrilled to share the incredible knowledge that her colleagues have uncovered about local heritage.
Thanks to our Supporters:
CHIME Digital Exhibits would not have been possible without the support and help of many individuals and organizations. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of them.
We are highly indebted to Dr. Jennifer Bazar and the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre for constant guidance, resources, time, and financial support in completing the project.
A very special thank you to:
Mrs. Grazyna Modzynski for designing our logo.
Ms. Lauren Finlay for providing digital graphics.
M.Arch. Morteza Davari for providing architectural insights, graphics, and animations.
Mr. Andrew Poulos for contributions, insights, and an informational interview.
Mr. Spencer Wood and the Facilities Management department at Humber College.
Inga Untiks for guidance and support through the project.
Our thanks and appreciation also go to Archives of Ontario, Myseum of Toronto, and our family and friends who have supported the project with their resources, patience, and abilities.