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DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

3030 Concession 3 Adjala, RR1
Palgrave, ON,
L0N 1P0

Email: info@darearts.com

Telephone: 905-729-0097 or 1-888-540-arts

FAX: 905-729-0037

Canadian Charitable number: 88691 7764 RR0002

Support Team

  • Marilyn Field, M.S.M., B. Mus. A., B. Ed., OCT; DAREarts Founder and President

    A classically trained pianist, Marilyn worked for the Scarborough Board of Education as an elementary classroom teacher and music specialist for 12 years. She has a passion to help our young, and personally knows the power of the arts in life after the loss of her mother at the age of two. During her teaching career, she trained teachers and, among other events, coordinated a cultural festival for 2000 students called “Arts Odyssey”.

    In 1998, after seeing the cuts to arts funding in public schools, Marilyn initiated DAREarts as a comprehensive, multi-year arts education program, targeting those children in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, who are at risk of not reaching their potential. Through the DARE of Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence, children develop their self-confidence, inner strength and leadership skills.  

    Since 1998, Marilyn has dedicated her life to bringing the arts as hope to children challenged by life circumstances, by exposing them to a wider world, engaging them in creativity and empowering them to ignite change in their lives and in their community as leaders.  

    In 2001, Marilyn led a choir of children representing over 20 countries at the Nobel Peace Prize’s 100th Anniversary celebration in Oslo, Norway.   In 2003, Marilyn received the Meritorious Service Medal from Canada’s Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and the Queens’ Jubilee Medal from Ontario’s Premier Ernie Eves.

  • Holly Nimmons; Transitional Executive Director, hnimmons@darearts.com

    Holly Nimmons is an accomplished leader and passionate Arts advocate who has focussed on community engagement, youth empowerment and leadership.

  • Natasha Hope Morano, M.P.S.; National Director of Development, nmorano@darearts.com

    Natasha Hope Morano is DAREarts’ first national voice advocate. She resides in Ottawa and serves as the National Director of Development.
    Formerly, Ms. Morano served as Vice President of the Economic Club of Canada. She was selected to open the first satellite office in Ottawa which thrived for five years under her management. 

    Before working with the Club, her Master’s Degree in Political Science enabled her to become an international independent researcher. She most recently completed her Private Schools Principal Certification, nurturing her desire for knowledge within the educational system.

    Ms. Morano is a nationally ranked equestrian who continues to keep one foot in the stirrup and the other firmly planted in philanthropy, which has been her passion throughout her career.  Natasha is active in her community and currently sits on the Operations Committee for the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards. She also sits on the President & CEO Advisory Council of Canada World Youth, where she continues to emphasize the importance of critical thinking amongst youth today.

  • Brenda Travers-Norton, E.C.E.; Director of Operations, bnorton@darearts.com

    Brenda Travers-Norton is the Director of Operations for DAREarts.

    She has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector and has a keen eye for how small details are critical to the success of DAREarts.

    She is a motorcycle enthusiast and can often be seen riding her Harley to the office on warm days.

  • Lisa Norton, B.A. (Hons.); Program Coordinator, lnorton@darearts.com

    Lisa Norton is the Program Coordinator for DAREarts’ Toronto and Ontario-based programs.

    A love of storytelling led to her attainment of a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature from Laurentian University.

    She enjoys sharing her passion for literature and graphic novels with the DAREarts Delegates and Grads.


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