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Our Founder

DAREarts was founded in Canada by Marilyn Field. Marilyn is a Canadian with a passion to inspire children. As a teacher with the Toronto District School Board, she discovered that any student's character could be developed through the application of the arts in daily life. 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. Since 1996, 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. DAREarts is her full-time focus.

Recognition Awards

  • Women's Courage Award, 2014
  • Women of Distinction Award, 2013
  • Caledon Walk of Fame Inductee, 2013
  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
  • Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (awarded by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, 2003)
  • The Queen’s Jubilee Medal (awarded by Ontario Premier Ernie Eves, 2003)


Related Activities

  • University of Toronto Convocation Speaker, June 2013
  • Elementary School Teacher & Music Specialist, 18 years, TDSB
  • Advisory Council, NTDTV Chinese New Year Concert — 2004, 2005
  • Honorary Patron, Headwaters Arts Festival — 2002 - 2004
  • Honorary Patron & Fundraising Volunteer, Headwaters Health Care regional hospital 1998 - 2003
  • Conductor of the International Centipede Children For Peace Choir at the Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary Concert in Norway, 2001
  • Former Board Director - Theatre Orangeville
  • Former Board Director - Opera Atelier
  • Former Board Director - The Speech Foundation of Ontario
  • Founding Board Director of Toronto Senior Strings - retired musicians from Toronto Symphony
  • Former Committee member of ‘The Stratford Express’ yearly fundraiser for Stratford Festival
  • Chair of the Canadian Opera Company’s first CD Launch gala — 1995
  • Former President of Esprit Orchestra: expanded education program; expanded corporate sponsorship; established international recognition; chaired fundraising events; initiated marketing strategy; eliminated deficit
  • Represented Canada with the Orford String Quartet to open new Canadian Embassy in Japan
  • Teacher in Scarborough elementary schools for 12 years: co-conducted All Scarborough Chorus; trained teachers in music; co-organized “Arts Odyssey” a cultural festival for 2,000 students
  • Graduate of University of Toronto and Western Ontario, Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Private piano & theory teacher
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Together we can make a difference, one future leader at a time.

- Marilyn Field