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DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

3042 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.

  • Jeanette Heywood, Executive Director, jheywood@darearts.com

    Jeanette Heywood is a 25-year professional in the charitable sector. As a senior level executive, her portfolio and experience includes strategic planning, philanthropy, operations, marketing and communication, and international development. Her skills and experience have led to the successful launching of two major recreation facilities that met and exceeded planned proformas. Leading by example, she has raised over $4 million dollars for various charities.

    Understanding the impact of the charitable sector and how important remaining hands-on is to her, Jeanette continues to stay engaged as a Board member of YouthReach of Simcoe County, Vice Chair of the AFP Central Ontario Chapter and a current Peer Reviewer/Mentor of the Imagine Canada Standards Program. She is also one of the principals of The OtherHalf Consultants Inc.

  • 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.

  • Baaba Hughes, B.A.; Social Media Manager, marketing@darearts.com

    Baaba Hughes is DAREarts' Social Media Manager.

    She has an affinity for writing, editing & marketing.

    After playing volleyball for the New Jersey Institute of Technology, she graduated with a BA in Communications and founded her own social media management company. As a former DAREarts Grad, she understands our message and is dedicated to helping us grow online.

  • Cathy Elliott; First Roots Aboriginal Program Associate, celliott@darearts.com

    Cathy Elliott is the First Roots Aboriginal Program Associate at DAREarts.

    She is a Mi'kmaq playwright, composer and visual artist. 

    When asked by Marilyn Field to step up and use her talents to empower Aboriginal kids in the North, she accepted the challenge and never looked back. 

  • Bonnie Masina; Coordinator of Volunteers, volunteer@darearts.com

    Bonnie Masina is DAREarts' Coordinator of Volunteers.

    Bonnie is currently attending Humber College in the Volunteer Management Leadership certificate program.  She plans to graduate in early 2016.

    She is looking to merge her current education and her progressive experience in the corporate IT service and support world with her love of the arts in order to give back to the community through volunteering with DAREarts.

    She dances and sings Flamenco with Carmen Romero School of Flamenco Dance and also enjoys landscape photography and painting.

    Bonnie is the recipient of the Distinguished Citizenship award from the Town of Caledon for volunteering as a recreational soccer coach/trainer/club executive with the Caledon Soccer Club for more than a decade.

    Bonnie is happy to have the opportunity to contribute to helping kids ignite change.


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