With this new edition of the Connector, we welcome the first days of fall and wish you a beautiful transition into this new season. During the past few months we have been busy with many changes. Similar to other national non-profit organizations, we are in the midst of transitioning to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. We have also experienced a few changes to our team.
Kim Taylor, who was with the Network since its inception has recently wrapped up her work with us to focus on her PhD candidacy requirements. Kim played a key role in getting the AHNC platforms up and running, and we will greatly miss her. Two new individuals joining our team in British Columbia are Kira Tozer and Zara Contractor. Kira joined our team last week as our new Knowledge Translation Coordinator. She will be helping us expand our research resource base on our website as well as support us in making arts and health research findings more accessible to the general public. Over the past few months, you may have already met Zara on our various social media channels. As our Communication Coordinator, Zara is maintaining and building our communication platforms and helping us further engage with the community.
I encourage you to continue the conversation on arts and health on any or all of these platforms. If you havenâ€™t yet had a chance, make sure to join the conversation on our new LinkedIn Group. For mid-November, we will be treating you to the launch of the Networkâ€™s Pinterest page. We are hoping this visual repository will provide inspiration for creative expression as a path to health, healing and wellbeing; and will also serve as a visual bulletin board to promote the communityâ€™s arts and health practices. We will be sharing more information with you about this project on the Opportunities section of our revamped website. This new section along with a few other minor changes to our website will be rolled out by the end of September. As we implement these changes and launch new projects, we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada BC
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada
This month our feature Snapshot is with Suzanne Valois, an Expressions Arts practitioner, teacher, artist and founder of the Art of Being Human, who has been committed to helping individuals uncover and value their authentic voice through Creative Expression, for personal and global wellbeing.
Suzanne currently works with the City of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa, and the Ottawa School of Art, offering workshops on Creative Expression for groups and individuals, creating and promoting programs using VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) and Art for Health.
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