Founders - Susan Naccache & Sarah Graydon

Sarah Graydon

President, Co-Founder

Sarah Nicole Graydon, Mezzo-Soprano, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University where she had the privilege to study voice with Catherine Robin, Karen Rymal and Albert Greer. In addition to her studies in voice, she has studied acoustic guitar and piano and most recently began cello lessons. She has eight years of experience in arts administration with The Royal Conservatory of Music including five years as the Manager of the College of Examiners. Sarah is enthusiastic about using the power of music to enrich the lives of children and along with Susan Naccache is co-founder of Sistema Mississauga (formerly The Esperanza Music Project).

Meghan Gardner

Board Member

Meghan is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario but relocated to southern Ontario in 2006 to pursue her education and career. Since the age of 4, Meghan has been playing the violin. Her passion for music inspired her to be involved in the Algoma Conservatory of Music’s youth orchestras and the Sault Symphony. Meghan’s musical career has also included being involved with musical theatre productions and festivals, including Theatre Ontario. She is eager to be involved with the musical community as part of Sistema Mississauga.

Angela Wu

Treasurer

Angela began playing the piano at an early age and has since been passionate about involving herself with the arts and music in particular. She holds a Bachelor of Math from University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a Chartered Accountant designation. Angela strongly believes that a social program like Sistema Mississauga can better prepare young children for the future by creating a sense of community through music education.

Cassandra Reda Gavin

Board Member

Cassandra will be graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in Arts & Contemporary Studies, and is working to pursue a career in education. She began to study violin under the Suzuki method at the age of 5, and with a passion for music went on to study voice and participate in local music theatre productions. Cassandra believes in the importance and benefits of music in children's lives and that a program like Sistema Mississauga is important in making music education accessible to children and in developing social change in the community.

John Caruso

Board Member

John was born and raised in the GTA and has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from York University. He studied music from a young age, learning to play the saxophone and guitar. Being a musician, and a fan of music in general, he understands the importance of music in life and joined Sistema Mississauga to help them succeed in their cause.

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Klajdi Puka

Vice-President, Secretary

Klajdi graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in psychology and biology. He is interested and passionate about child development and pediatric mental health and is actively involved in research aimed at improving quality of life. Klajdi understands the vital contributions music can make to children's cognition, self-esteem and social development and thus, is very excited to be working with Sistema Mississauga.

Anita Paramalingam

Board Member

Anita is a graduate from the University of Toronto and earned her degree in Business Administration. As a child she attended violin and vocal lessons which helped develop her appreciation for these disciplines. She believes that the performing arts can serve as an important medium of self-expression for children which in turn help foster creativity and boost self-confidence.  Sistema's mission to empower and inspire youth through music resonates strongly with her.