As our organization expands its reach to wider audiences, we realize that itâ€™s people who make or break an organization. Arts Health Network Canada has been fortunate to benefit from the efforts of many talented people with a passion for bringing arts and health together.
One of our brilliant talents is Kira Tozer, our Knowledge Translation Project Manager since 2013. She has shepherded many arts & health initiatives since she joined us including the â€œOn The Map: Arts & Health in BCâ€ environmental scan of arts and health activities across BC, coordinating international interest in November as Arts and Health month, and connecting new audiences with the notion of â€œarts & healthâ€ at various conferences and university classrooms across the country. Kira will be leaving AHNC at the end of the month to pursue an exciting opportunity. While weâ€™re sad to see her go, we wish her all the best and hope you will join us in thanking her for her contributions to our organization.
For the time being, Lori Baxter will be available to field your questions and ideas, as we actively work on our plans for the future!
Elizabeth Brennan is passionate about the role of culture in strengthening community health and resilience, and in the power of the arts as a tool for learning, for exploring, for healing and in creating social change. As a family physician, Liz knows the value of thinking upstream about the root causes of ill health and the potential for systemic change that will improve community health. Hailing from the west coast, Liz now lives and works in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
I never considered myself an artist, yet I have always been a visual, intuitive thinker. Recently, my vivid, pictorial thoughts and feelings led to a passion for creating sculpture. It began when I finally admitted at age 53 that I was severely anorexic. Sculpture became a way to express the emotional and mental bondage of my illness. I had lived with anorexia for fifteen years and could no longer keep it up. My body and life were disintegrating. When I realized that I could not stop the destructive habits on my own, I sought help at a treatment center for eating disorders. As I progressed through the program, my artistry began to surface and inform. My artistic voice revealed itself. I am discovering how to use this voice to forge a new relationship with my body and reclaim my life.
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