Board of Directors
Nitin Sawant, President – Vice President Franchise with a highly reputed company, he brings his corporate knowledge and project management skills to all of SAWITRI Theatre Group’s projects and works at development.
Medha Date, Secretary – An instrumentation and design engineer by profession, Medha is an Associate at Hatch, a leading engineering company in Mississauga. An outstanding and award-winning student of mathematics and physics, a trained vocalist and an accomplished theatre artist, she attends to every task entrusted to her at SAWITRI with the same passion and precision as her engineering projects.
Keyoor Shah, Treasurer – Business Analyst at Randa Accessories, Canada, the largest accessories company in North America. He brings his event management experience and technical expertise of over 17 years to assist SAWITRI Theatre Group with its technical requirements, especially sound.
Lincoln D’Souza, Director – Sponsorships – Senior Manager, Chemicals Technology Division, is an award-winning manager who brings his corporate experience and tremendous passion and commitment to SAWITRI Theatre to assist with marketing and development. He is a patron of performing and media arts and is happy to be able to contribute to SAWITRI’s growth.
Vatsla Dubey, Director – Marketing – Marketing Manager with Rochester Midland Limited in Burlington, Ontario. She is a theatre enthusiast who wants to rekindle her interest in the dramatic arts. She brings to the team her ample experience in marketing, sales, project management and corporate communications. Vatsla is keenly interested in women’s and children’s issues and brings a unique international perspective to these matters having lived and worked in diverse cultures and countries such as India, Saudi Arabia, Honk Kong and Canada.
Susan Ksiezopolski, Director – Governance, Communications & Special Projects/Events – Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University, a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, and two designations in the project management profession. She is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as PRINCE2 certified practitioner. She holds the distinction of completing the executive program “Leading Strategic Change” at Rothman School of Business and the Gestalt Institutes, International Organizational Systems Development program.
She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association, The Mississauga Writer’s Group, an associate member of the Canadian League of Poets, and a recent graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her work has been featured in the Canadian Immigrant magazine, The Arborealis (The Ontario Poets Society publication), FreeLit Magazine and in numerous other on-line platforms. Susan’s dedication for inspiring others to find their creative expression also prompted her to volunteer with the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC)
Susan also has extensive experience as a Director on various Boards: United Way Halton and Hamilton; Campaign Chair, United Way Halton Hills; President, Ontario Public Service Quarter Century Club; Program Advisor with Humber College Project Management Program; Director, Project World Advisory Board; Canadian Project Exellence Board. She has been invited to speak at various conferences including the Conference Board of Canada, South Africa Public Sector Conference and Project Management Institutes Chapter meetings.
Susan brings her immense experience and expertise to assist SAWITRI with special projects and board governance.
Elizabeth Banfalvi, Director – Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordination – Elizabeth worked in various admin positions for different companies. She worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP from 2002 to 2015 when she retired. She worked in the Tax Recovery Department preparing reports and recoveries for presentation to the client and government.
Since 1996, Elizabeth Banfalvi is a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist with the Reflexology Association of Canada and a Reiki Master since 2002. She started teaching Meditation and Wellness Workshops classes in 1996 in the continuing education system in Mississauga SBs, Halton Catholic DSB and Brampton Parks and Recreation.
Since 2008 she wrote a series of books on Meditation based on her classes. She is also an author of short stories and is published on Yahoo, Apple, Amazon and Balboa Press. She teaches a 4 part workshop series called Stress Relief Naturally for the Mississauga Central Library since 2012. She has been involved in senior programs for the Mississauga Valley Branch library since 2013. She is now developing a writers’ workshop series for the Erin Meadows Library for elementary and youth writers.
In January 2013, she co-founded the Mississauga Writers Group. She has published multiple stories and poems in the Mississauga Writers Group’s yearly anthology and e-zine since 2014. She is the editor and formatter for the anthologies and e-zines. She is a featured writer for the Peel Daily News in the Lifestyle section since June 2017.
Elizabeth’s deep connections with the Mississauga community is a great asset in coordinating volunteers and working on grassroots marketing for SAWITRI.
Naimesh Nanavaty, Director-at-large – With a background in law, Naimesh is a legal assistant at Abby Vimal Law office. He is also a writer and actor and has worked for several years as an arts manager with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, as well as Kalanidhi Fine Arts, both well-known Toronto arts organizations. He brings his arts management skills to advise on SAWITRI Theatre Group’s budgets and other matters.