Leadership Team

Nyarai Kapisavanhu
Executive Director TOES Niagara


Ruby award Nominee, Community Leader and Entrepreneur who is an outstanding multi-lingual communicator. A Teacher at heart, Nyarai is an Experienced Facilitator and Projects and Events Management. She has years of experience in Sales and Marketing, International Development, Translating /Interpreting and currently enjoys being a Speaker and Life Empowerment Coach.

Background: Prior to her current position Nyarai studied and worked on several continents, notably Africa and Europe. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Nyarai holds a graduate degree (Masters, Business Administration and Management) from Zimbabwe Open University plus a Diplôme de langue, Didactique et Pédagogique from l’Université de la Réunion – Le Tampon (France).

Previous employment includes: Niagara College: Workforce and Business Development; Lecturer in French Literature and Philosophy at the Arrupe Jesuit School of Philosophy in Harare, Zimbabwe; and Marketing Director with MBP in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Other on-going/current regional projects include: Harnessing Intellectual Diversity in the Niagara Region and Women in Leadership Training.

Community Involvement: Nyarai is heavily involved in the community and sits on a number of boards in various capacities. She was instrumental in resuscitating and is the past president of The Association for Bright Children of Ontario, Niagara Chapter and the current president of SOFIFRAN.

Nicole Viscek
Administrative Assistant, TOES Niagara

While originally from St. Catharines, ON, Nicole moved to London, ON where she earned an Honours degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. She will begin a Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She is passionate about women’s health and hopes to pursue her interests surrounding the sexual health of new female immigrants and migrant workers. Nicole plans to pursue medical school following her masters and would like to contribute to society through a career in women’s health as an obstetrician-gynaecologist and as an advocate for marginalized women. In her spare time, Nicole loves to travel, cook and spend time with her family and two German Shepherds. 

Maria Dziarkach
Administrative Assistant, TOES Niagara

Maria Dziarkach is currently a Nursing student at Brock University. She grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta and moved to the Niagara region in 2014. Maria is an advocate for healthy and stable relationships. She hopes to pursue a lifetime of learning and growth surrounding human connection and build her own meaningful and incredible connections. At TOES, Maria brings this passion into her work.

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