The Team

Cheryl Antao-Xavier: Founder and Executive Director 

Cheryl Antao-Xavier has been actively involved in the arts scene of the Greater Toronto Area since 2007, mainly as a poet, publisher and events organizer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and took post-graduate courses in writing and publishing through Ryerson.

She set up RISE Up! Rise ABOVE! as a means of fostering awareness and appreciation of the rich diversity in Canadian arts and culture.

Ru!Ra! aims to use artistic expression as a means of empowerment at the personal and community level.  



Abraham Korah: Director Finance 

Abraham Korah is a small business consultant with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of business setup, financial forecasting, accounting, auditing, reporting, taxation, and compliance. The finance and reporting for RISE Up! Rise ABOVE! is in capable hands!

Abraham holds a post-graduate diploma in Computer Applications and a CIA from the Institute of Internal Auditors in Canada.

He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.  


Archie D’Cruz: Web/Creative Consultant 


RISE Up! Rise ABOVE!’s website has been designed and set up by Archie D'Cruz.

He is the principal and creative director of A Type of Magic, a Mississauga, Ontario based publishing and graphic design agency.

Archie D’Cruz will provide creative consultancy to Ru!Ra! as well.