Staff & Board of Directors / Personnel et Conseil d’administration

One World Arts is managed by a team composed of a dedicated Volunteer Administrator and a passionate group of volunteers who form the Board of Directors.


Rainer Lichtenfels
Volunteer Administrator

Board of Directors

Passionate about film, the arts, and social justice issues? Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? Join the One World Arts Board! While we are particularly interested in those with a legal or bookkeeping background, all expressions of interest from those who appreciate documentary films are welcome. Contact our Volunteer Administrator at to find out more about how you can become a part of our team.

Our current board members include:

Atong Ater (Communications) was born in Kenya and grew up in Canada. Curious from an early age, her interests are wide and varied. She has a background in neuroscience and television production and has worked in the area of Aboriginal programs.

Karin Dudli was born in Switzerland and grew up in Northern Ontario. Karin has worked in the area of community development and homelessness and is very familiar with Ottawa community resources, the intersections of poverty and human rights and the challenges of small organizations.

Christopher Klinger is a health services researcher with a background in non-profit management. An active One World Film Festival volunteer passionate about environmental issues, global health and international development, he returns to the Board with budgeting, fun(d)raising, human resources and project management expertise.

Ashley Mascarenhas is passionate individual with a strong scientific background with a Bachelors
and Masters degree in science. He is an independent environmental consultant with
an intense focus on sustainability and natural resource management. He is
currently working towards multiple professional goals, which include his
Environmental Auditor’s Certification and an Executive Master’s of Business
Administration degree. He has previously sat on three board, the University of
Ottawa Senate, the University of Ottawa Science Student Association Executive and
the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Student Association. In addition, he has a
diverse background in the arts as he, is an amateur ballroom dancer, has been
known to play a few instruments in his past and is a frequent patron of the local
Ottawa theaters. Ashley brings his past experiences, education and passion for the
arts as an elected board member of “One World Arts”.

Susan Mintz (Treasurer & Website) was born in Quebec and grew up in Ottawa. She has a background in computer science and mathematics and an interest in international issues. She has worked in various aspects of international development in Africa and India.

Cynthia Nuzzi (Sustainability) is Italian by birth and Canadian by adoption and has benefited from living in and exploring different countries. When in Ottawa, Cynthia has been involved with the local Italian community media since the early 90’s. A physician by training, her roaming lifestyle did not allow for a practice, but offered many opportunities to get involved with different organizations in various countries, in activities close to her heart and related to sustainable living, public health, education and global issues.

Maria-Helena Pacelli is a multidisciplinary artist and activist. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University and a Master’s in Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her graduate research examined the intersections of art and social change. She is currently working on a series of visual art using mixed media and natural materials, and recording her first album of original compositions about Canadian landscapes and the natural environment. She is a certified yoga teacher, frequent contributor with Apt613 and also sits on the board of WISE (Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments) in Ottawa.

Elizabeth Rajanayagam is a communications and logistics consultant with over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors in Toronto and Ottawa. In addition she is an established writer and blogger, founder of Bette’s Etiquette Beat which previously was published through Ottawa Life. Her portfolio also includes a six year stint as a provincial funding consultant, reviewing, recommending and overseeing disbursement of monies for community groups to undertake anti-racism, settlement and integration initiatives in Ontario. She lives in Centretown with her family that includes two cats with attitude- Holden and Norma.

Audrey Rosa has been a long time supporter of OWA and has an even longer history and interest in using film to inform and inspire change. She has been a social activist, educator, and is currently a registered psychotherapist at Algonquin College. She was a 10 year+ Board Member of Kimbercote, a rural retreat centre for non-profits, the poor, and those needing to hike the Bruce Trail at a low cost. She is an excellent communicator and facilitator and happily brings those skills to OWA. She also has great taste in films. And even after being at TIFF and Cannes, she claims that OWA’s film festival is still her favourite.

Blandie Samson (President) is a lawyer and Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She completed a Bachelor of Laws, Common Law (LL.B.), University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Social Science in psychology and criminology,University of Ottawa. She worked on social justice, human rights and environmental issues for the Federal Government and Provincial Government. She appeared on CTV news and 580 CFRA News to discuss racial profiling and youth delinquencies in support of the work of the Ottawa Police and ethnocultural community leaders. She has provided legal advice to artists working in the entertainment/telecommunications, productions and broadcasting licensing contracts-Bell Media, Canne Movie Festival, Montreal Festival Mode & Design. She is an avid dancer and sits as a legal expert on the Board of the Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing alternative conflict resolutions in Canada as well as in countries torn by conflict or war.

Gerald Schmitz is an international policy analyst who worked for the Parliamentary Information and Research Service from 1981-2011, including as principal analyst for international affairs and as research director for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade/Development from 1994 to 2008. Gerald is the longtime film critic for the Saskatchewan-based weekly journal The Prairie Messenger where his “Screening & Meanings” columns appear in print and online. He is also an ambassador member of the Canadian Film Institute. He has volunteered with the One World Film Festival since 2011.

One World Arts est géré par une équipe comprenant un dévoué Coordonnateur du bénévolat et un groupe de bénévoles passionnés qui constituent le Conseil d’administration.


Rainer Lichtenfels
Coordonnateur du bénévolat 

Conseil d’administration

Passionné(e) du cinéma, des arts et des enjeux liés à la justice sociale ? Vous souhaitez contribuer à la collectivité ? Devenez membre du Conseil d’administration de One World Arts ! Bien que nous accordons un intérêt tout particulier aux candidat(e)s possédant de l’expérience en matière de droit ou de tenue de livres, toutes manifestations d’intérêt provenant de gens passionnés par le genre documentaire sont les bienvenues. Veuillez contacter notre Coordonnateur du bénévolat à l’adresse rainer.lichtenfels pour en savoir davantage sur la démarche pour devenir membre de notre équipe. 

Les membres du C.A. sont :

Atong Ater (Communications) est née au Kenya et a grandi au Canada. Curieuse de nature, ses intérêts sont très variés. Son parcours académique couvre la neuroscience et la production télévisuelle, et elle a travaillé dans le domaine des programmes pour les Autochtones.

Karin Dudli est née en Suisse et a passé son enfance dans le nord de l’Ontario. Elle a travaillé dans le domaine du développement communautaire et de l’itinérance, et connaît bien les ressources communautaires d’Ottawa, les enjeux de la pauvreté de la perspective des droits de l’homme, et les défis auxquels font face les organismes de petite taille.

Susan Mintz (Trésorière et Site internet) est native du Québec et a grandi à Ottawa. Elle possède une formation en informatique et en mathématiques, et voue un intérêt particulier aux affaires internationales. Susan a occupé une variété de rôles dans le domaine du développement international en Afrique ainsi qu’en Inde.

Cynthia Nuzzi (Viabilité financière), Italienne de souche et Canadienne par choix, a vécu dans de nombreux pays et a récolté les bénéfices d’avoir pu ainsi les explorer. Lorsqu’elle séjourne à Ottawa, Cynthia s’implique, et ce, depuis le début des années 1990, dans les médias communautaires canado-italiennes. Médecin de formation, son mode de vie nomade ne lui a jamais vraiment permit d’avoir son propre cabinet; en revanche, elle a connu de nombreuses opportunités pour s’impliquer auprès de différentes organisations dans divers pays à poursuivre des activités qui lui tiennent à coeur, dont la consommation responsable, la santé publique, l’éducation, et les enjeux mondiaux.