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鶹ֱ Board of Directors

Robert McKay joined the board in 2011 and began serving as the board chair in 2017. He serves on several board committees. He has a special interest in anthroposophical meditation and lectures on this topic as part of 鶹ֱ’s Foundation Studies Encounter program and further afield. Robert trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and works in the Ministry of Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Division. He lives in Toronto with his wife Linda, and is a member of the Toronto Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada.

Grant Davis joined the board in 2018 after retiring from a career as a computer scientist. He is chair of the fundraising committee and has a particular interest in anthroposophical cosmology as well as in biodynamic farming. His many decades of studying esoteric science led to volunteer work teaching the foundations of anthroposophy in Canada and overseas. With Robert McKay, Grant refounded the Toronto Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada in 2011. He splits his time between Toronto and Frontenac County.

Kathleen Edmisonis a native Torontonian. She joined the board after serving as the administrator at the Toronto Waldorf School. She has a background in medical administration and worked in laser eye surgery for most of her career. Her interest in anthroposophy deepened after taking the RSCT full time teaching program with an emphasis on early childhood, then taking the Arscura Art for Life courses and attending the Christian Community Church. She also serves on the board of the Eye Foundation of Canada.

Diana Hughesspent three years teaching high school in Victoria and two years at Emerson College UK, before becoming a founding class teacher at Toronto Waldorf School. Later she served as president and then executive directorof the Waldorf School Association of Ontario. She was director of RSCT’sWaldorf Teacher Education program for 25 years until her retirement from that position in 2009. Since then she contributes to Foundation Studies and is a mentor in the full-time teacher education program. Her studies include graduate work at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and an M.Ed. in philosophy and history from U of T (OISE). She has been on the board from the beginning.

Marilyn Grudinski – Marilyn spent a major part of her life as a teacher in northern Canada and the developing world, mostly in Africa and South America. After 26 years of wandering the globe with her family, Marilyn returned to Thunder Bay in 2001 and came to Little Lions Waldorf Child and Family Centre where she first encountered the Waldorf Philosophy. In the capacity of teacher and later as CEO, she expanded the child care centre into an organization with 12 sites (500+ children). In 2013, the organization expanded again to create their own training centre. This has enabled them to offer in service training for their own staff.

Paula Rosa joined the board in 2017 and currently serves on the Online Education Committee. She studied history and linguistics at U of T and later received a Bachelor of Education from OISE. For the past 26 years she has had the great privilege of teaching and working in the Waldorf community. Paula has attended numerous educational conferences exploring what makes us human and how best to weave this understanding into her work with children. She loves spending time with her family, reading, canoeing and traveling.

Joana Doce was born in the Portuguese city of Coimbra and attended university in Lisbon at Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, where she studied journalism. In her teenage years she lived in Brasilia, Brazil, where her mother and her husband founded a nonprofit and where she learned important life skills that have guided her life path. In her late 20s she moved for a year to Melbourne, Australia. Then she and her husband decided to start traveling around the world. Of all the places they had been, Toronto was the only one that felt like home. They have been living in Toronto and calling it home since 2014. Joana currently work as project manager in the family IT business.

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