Perry Lupyrypa, Interim Executive Director

Perry had 30+ years experience in strategic development, communications, fund-raising, event management and has held numerous positions on not for profit boards. Recently, she was the Executive Director for the Riverside Business Improvement Area and managed relationships with local businesses, politicians and community groups. She is a board member of the Toronto Council on Aging and the Muskoka Pickleball Assoc, volunteers with Muskoka Hospice.  She is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor with a passion for teaching older adults.  She is also a Level 1 Reiki Healer.  Perry is excited to contribute to the growth and development of the museum and the public it serves.

Maggie Hutcheson, Lead Curator and Researcher, Block by Block

Maggie Hutcheson is a community-engaged artist, educator, curator and consultant. Over the past 15 years she has collaborated with other artists and Toronto residents to animate oral histories of war, gentrification, homelessness and migration. Maggie has worked with a range of arts and non-arts organizations, including the CBC, Jumblies Theatre, MABELLEarts, Toronto Arts Foundation and York University. In 2011, she co-founded the award-winning Department of Public Memory, an arts collective that commemorates overlooked public institutions in Toronto. Maggie authored the Ontario Arts Council’s recently published handbook on best practices in community-engaged art, has extensive teaching experience and holds a PhD in Environmental Studies.

Maggie grew up in Toronto. Her father immigrated to Montreal from London in 1955. Her mother’s family migrated from Kent (England), Alsace and Bukovina between 1860 and 1910.


Maggie Hutcheson, chef commissaire et chercheuse, Quartier par quartier 

Maggie Hutcheson est une artiste impliquée dans la communauté, une éducatrice, une commissaire et une consultante. Depuis 15 ans, elle collabore avec d’autres artistes et résidents de Toronto afin d’animer des récits de guerre, d’embourgeoisement, d’itinérance et de migration. Maggie a collaboré avec une variété d’organismes artistiques et non artistiques, y compris la CBC, Jumblies Theatre, MABELLEarts, Toronto Arts Foundation et York University. En 2011, elle a cofondé le Department of Public Memory, un collectif de création primé qui commémore les institutions publiques négligées à Toronto. Maggie a écrit le guide sur les meilleures pratiques en art communautaire, récemment publié par le Conseil des arts d’Ontario; elle possède une vaste expérience en enseignement et détient un doctorat en études environnementales.

Maggie a grandi à Toronto. Son père a immigré à Montréal depuis Londres en 1955. La famille de sa mère a migré de Kent (Angleterre), de l’Alsace et de Bucovine entre 1860 et 1910.

Jay Patel, Intern, Dishing Up Toronto

Jay is a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in History and English and a candidate in the Concurrent Education Program at York University. Born and raised in Toronto, food and dance were two of the ways his family connected him to his Indian roots and heritage. His hobbies include dancing, reading and traveling. Jay is particularly interested in how language, food and dance impact the immigrant experience in Toronto.

Johnny Lau, Research Intern

Johnny Lau is a first generation Chinese-Canadian who is an undergraduate student in History at York University, currently in his final year. He enjoys learning about the cultural history and practices of different societies and people, as well as historical events that continue to influence contemporary issues. Johnny is interested in exploring the usage of digital media as a medium for outreach and engagement with diverse communities and its potential for change in a new world.

Randa Tukan, Intern, Journeys to the Frontline

Randa Tukan is a founding member of AnD Collaborative for art and design consulting. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in the creative field of art and design, and applied research experience in urban planning for settlement of refugees. Randa is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, and has worked on projects in over 20 countries.

With an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Art, Randa also holds an MA in Liberal Arts, and a Certificate in Management and Administration from Harvard University. She has taught design studio at the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Environmental Design program and is an advisory committee member for Humber’s Interior Design program.

Randa is currently Master of Museum Studies candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto focusing on curation and heritage preservation. Being of a Palestinian-Lebanese origin, her interest lies in museum activism around issues of migration, displacement and
refugeeism. She has curated and designed the upcoming Toronto Ward Museum’s “Journeys to the Frontline” exhibit of 2018.

Niusha Niki Assadian, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto

Born and raised mostly in Iran, Niusha Niki Assadian migrated to Canada for a short period during her childhood and returned to Toronto for university. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a Major in Anthropology and Minors in Sociology and Culture, Creativity, and Cities. She enjoys learning the life stories of others and firmly believes in grassroots activism. Her hope is to become involved with social justice and community-based projects around the world.

Amani Hasin Farook, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto

Amani is currently a student at the University of Toronto. She is majoring in English and minoring in both Anthropology and Sociology. Amani was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and immigrated to Toronto, Canada with her family at the age of 3. Her hobbies include kickboxing, travelling and reading. She is particularly interested in migration stories that teach us about the diverse array of cultures around us. She is delighted to be working on the Dishing Up Toronto project alongside the Toronto Ward Museum.

Rumaisa Khan, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto

Rumaisa Khan is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a major in Health Studies and double minor in Political Science and Anthropology. Rumaisa is interested in projects around refugee and newcomer youth and and has a particular interest in migration studies and public health. She is also interesting in exploring the ways in which we can use storytelling and narrative to advocate for change.

Akash Kovoor, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto

Akash Kovoor is an Indian – Canadian undergraduate student who is currently finishing his last year at the University of Toronto. A willing adventurer in terms of food, he is excited to try new and different items from an array of cultures. He is very enthusiastic about participating in Dishing up Toronto and is excited to see what this venture holds for the Ward Museum now and in the future.