His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, O. Ont.
Champion Mentors lend their name and time to DAREarts as role models and mentors to inspire vulnerable Canadian youth to rise above external limitations and become leaders.
Emmy Award winning actor, in film, television, on stage, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Founding Chairperson of the Bata Shoe Museum. She has a strong belief that in a democratic country, citizens should actively contribute their talents to community needs, which is reflected in her many philanthropic activities. She was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada.
Canadian television personality, author and newspaper columnist, who covers fashion and lifestyle news for CTV, FashionTelevisionChannel, and the Toronto Star.
Popular Canadian actor and singer (tenor), Burgess is best known for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in the Toronto production of Les Miséreables.
Reigning Canadian Heavyweight Boxing Champion for 21 years, from 1958 until 1979, and Founder of ‘Fight Against Drugs’. His presentations are in high demand as George speaks to students, parents and other groups about drugs and how they have impacted his life. He lost 3 sons and a wife as a result of substance abuse.
Actor, producer, lead singer of Great Big Sea and solo artist behind the recently launched album, Boy on Bridge. Doyle’s life has been transformed by music and his discipline in practicing his crafts.
American actor, film director, and narrator. He has received Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
British actor, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, notable TV credits, film appearances, currently devoted to directing theatre and has created his own production company.
A First Nations actor, who has worked in Canada, England and the United States, on stage, in film and in TV productions. He also provided the narration for the DAREarts Aboriginal video, "Fill My Hollow Bones."
Retired American actor and novelist. Nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in a career that spanned five decades.
A Canadian former professional ice hockey player for 13 seasons in the National Hockey League, a published author and motivational speaker.
A Canadian tenor, specializing in opera and other classical works for voice, associated particularly with the Wagnerian repertoire, but he performs a wide range of operas from the German, French and Italian canons. In 2002, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Former Chief of the Defense Staff of the Canadian Forces the highest ranking Newfoundland and Labrador officer in history. His passion, leadership and outspoken nature have captured the hearts and minds of Canadians across the country.
Currently president of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and heads the Jackman Foundation, an advocate for early childhood education, winning numerous awards. “I just believe that the more we understand about how to raise children, how to educate them, the better off they are going to be,” says Dr. Jackman.
Retired Canadian ballet dancer, and currently the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada. In 1976, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1991.
A Canadian actor, writer and comedy legend. He is known for his work in Canadian television series, American movies, and television movies. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011.
Twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada from 2003-2006, Minister of Finance from 1993-2002, and the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Èmard, in Montreal Quebec, from 1988-2008.
Television personality, host of “The Rick Mercer Report,” stand-up comedian, and The Globe and Mail best-selling author of Streeters and Rick Mercer Report: The Book. He received the DAREarts cultural award in 2014 for his contribution to Canadian culture and commitment to arts education.
Appointed General Director of the Canadian Opera Company in June 2008, and has worked with some of the most prestigious arts organizations in the world. His career as an artistic administrator has taken him from the Salzburg Festival to the Ruhr Triennale in Germany, Opéra national de Paris and New York City Opera, to leading the Canadian Opera Company, Canada’s largest opera company and one of the most important in North America.
A Canadian violinist and conductor. He is currently the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has been designated music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the 2012/13 season.
A Canadian contemporary artist. He is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer and an officer of the Order of Canada.
Retired President and CEO of Lombard Canada Ltd. He is an Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada, on the board of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Board of Governors for Shaw Festival and a past Board Member DAREarts.
A Canadian theatre, film and television actor. In 1968, he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada.
Co-founder and artistic Director of Opera Atelier. Collaborator on several award winning films, and a recipient of numerous awards of distinction. Most recently, he received the Muriel Sherrin Award for outstanding contribution to music in Toronto.
An international, award winning goldsmith and renowned Canadian crystal artist and sculptor. His work has been presented to royalty, heads of states, and distinguished leaders from their chosen fields.
A Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concern for acoustic ecology, and his book The Tuning of the World (1977). He was notably the first recipient of the Jules Léger Prize in 1978.
A Canadian actor, director and the founding artistic director of Toronto's celebrated Soulpepper Theatre Company. A recipient of several awards, including a Gemini Award.
A distinguished journalist, war correspondent and the author of sixteen books, perhaps best known for his book, ‘A Man Called Intrepid’. He is World War II Royal Navy fighter pilot turned journalist, and in 2012 released his latest book, ‘Past to Present — A Reporter’s Story of War, Spies, People, and Politics.”
A Canadian artist best known worldwide for his limited edition prints. He is an accomplished carver, design advisor of prestigious public space, a sought-after keynote speaker, publisher and author of several books. He is a recognized leader in the First Nations community, and a tireless spokesperson for recovery from addictions and abuse.
Co-founder and artistic Director of Opera Atelier. A Canadian dancer and choreographer she has performed internationally in classical ballet, modern dance and national/historical dance.
From personal observation, I have seen that by offering a child a positive way of expressing himself or herself, DAREarts changes not only the life of that child but also that of their whole family.
- The late Judith Teller, Patron