Board of Directors

All activities are curated and organized by dedicated community volunteers who donate their time, experience and expertise to build a cohesive and vibrant neighbourhood

The Cityplace Residents Association (CPRA) is a volunteer community group with no membership fees from either individuals or condominiums. We have a 9-member executive board of directors, and all our activities are curated and organized by dedicated community volunteers who donate their time, experience and expertise to build a cohesive and vibrant neighbourhood.

We welcome engagement by all. The Cityplace Residents Association strives to improve the quality of life for residents and encourages a sense of pride in our community.

Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds


Peter Chairimonte

When asked to play a lute, the ancient Athenian statesman and general Themistocles was quoted as saying: "I cannot fiddle, but I can make a great state of a small city."

Although Peter is one of the newer residents of CityPlace having moved here just last year, he has expressed a great interest in helping the neighbourhood and being involved in community building initiatives. As a retired professor and former university administrator, Peter applies his knowledge and expertise as the Board’s Arts and Academic Liaison. He is currently working towards becoming a ghostwriter and provides consulting services to small businesses.

Shwan Dizai

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Shwan was born and raised in Toronto, and out of all of the neighbourhoods he has lived, CityPlace holds a special part of his heart. A recent graduate of the University of Windsor's Bio-Chemistry program, his passions range from team sports to arts and culture. He hopes to extend his knowledge and passion to the community of CityPlace through addressing common concerns such as safety for families and children, pet-friendly spaces, as well as planning events and festivities. He is excited about the opening of the Canoe Landing Community and Recreational Centre, where he plans to volunteer with youth development programs and also find solutions for challenges faced by at-risk people and the homeless. We are happy to have him on the board, and look forward to sharing his insight.

Keith Graham

“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”
— Anthony J. D'Angelo

Keith joined the CPRA in 2019 and has a wealth of experience gained from his career as a real estate professional and entrepreneur. He has called CityPlace home since 2006 and has watched the neighbourhood grow from its infancy stages, and flourish to what it is today. As a believer in the power of community, Keith is involved in outreach initiatives to benefit the homeless people of Toronto, and is a strong advocate for mental health. We are happy to have him on the board, leading Planning and Development within CityPlace.

Hazel Rivera

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Hailing from a small community just outside of Calgary, Alberta, Hazel moved to Toronto 20 years ago, and has been a resident of CityPlace for . With a constant thirst for knowledge, and unwavering passion for learning and growth, Hazel attended the University of Western Ontario with a double major in Computer Science and Media, Information, and Technoculture. Shortly after, she obtained her real estate designation through OREA. Currently, she dedicates most of her days to helping local businesses develop branding strategies, with a focus on design, strengthening their online and social presence, and converting website visitors to customers. She joined the CPRA Board as our Secretariat & head of Online Media to assist in finding attainable solutions to improve the local economy, help neighbouring businesses, and create real change within the community.

Norman Osokin

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”
― Ani DiFranco

Norman has lived in a number of places in Ontario throughout his life and has been fortunate to explore Canada from coast to coast. For the past 10 years, he has called the community of CityPlace his home. Norman is the founder of Kids Coding school located across from Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre. He is on a mission to teach the young minds of the CityPlace community the very valuable technology skills that supply the foundation of our future. He joined the CPRA board because he believes in the potential the community has to offer and sees where there is room to grow. His goal is to help foster a safe space for families, and continue to cultivate initiatives for community growth.

Gus Kastanis

“To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness.”
― Bertrand Russell

Gus is a Jack of All Trades and works as a Development Consultant, Private Lender, Financial Advisor, and Real Estate Investor. He has lived in different neighbourhoods throughout the GTA, but when he moved to CityPlace, he truly felt at home. The majority of Gus' work is remote, allowing him to make local CityPlace Cafes, restaurants, parks, and small businesses his office. With a naturally friendly and warm nature, there is a good chance you have crossed paths somewhere in the community, where he likely struck up a random conversation or checked in to see how your day was going. An avid yogi and health and wellness advocate, Gus spends his spare time working out, playing hockey, and frequenting the local health store. He joins the CPRA board as our Treasurer and looks forward to applying his skills to help make our vibrant, bustling community even better.

Darren Parrera

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”
― Idowu Koyenikan

Darren is what some would call a CityPlace veteran having lived here for over 13 years. He was drawn to the community because of the amenities and the convenience of being able to access Toronto’s downtown core in minutes — what kept him here is its friendliness towards dogs and families, and the overall positive vibe that anyone can feel when walking through the neighbourhood. He joined the CPRA board of directors because he wants to become a better neighbour, and believes in leading by example. As a serial entrepreneur with a solid background in creative advertising and marketing, he applies his experience as the CPRA Community Liaison and Social Media Moderator.

Nicole Sparks-Barnes

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
― Denzel Washington

Nicole joined the CPRA Board of Directors in 2019 and has been a member of the Cityplace community for 4 years. Working double duty as a full-time mom of two boys and a nursing home supervisor, caring for people comes second nature to her. Being a parent herself, she understands the importance of building a safe community where families can thrive. Despite her busy schedule, Nicole often checks in with other members of the CityPlace community, providing help when needed, and hot meals for the homeless people near the Bentway. Nicole is the CPRA’s Director of Schools & Events and looks forward to connecting with families in the neighbourhood to help strengthen communication among our residents.