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Executive Director Katherine Porter

Katherine Porter

Katherine is a practicing professional artist who brings a lifetime of experience and skills in the fields of art and business. Her expertise is connecting existing community services to artists and developing affordable, available and accessible creative arts opportunities in the community. A young man with Down Syndrome inspired Katherine to found H’art in 1998.…

Tracy Ryan

Tracy is a writer and non-profit marketing and communications specialist because she enjoys helping “good people do great things”.  She is a graduate of the journalism program at Carleton University. Her writing has been published in the Recorder and Times, Whig Standard, 55 Plus, and featured on CBC’s Radio Noon. She has over ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and specialized training in…

Education, Anita Boldt

Anita Boldt

Anita is a certified teacher and holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from Queen’s University with a focus in special education, a Bachelor of Arts in History (Queen’s University), Masters in Medieval Studies (University of Toronto). She studied at the art school at York University for two years and has over ten years experience teaching…

Sydney Walker

Sydney is a  Developmental Service Worker who graduated from Trillium College with honours. She has worked with youth and adults with disabilities for over four years in various settings.

Melissa Mahady Wilton

Melissa is a local inclusive dance educator who holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and has worked with people with disabilities for over ten years. She is founder and Director of ConCorpsDance Inclusive Dance Programs, a Kingston-based organization devoted to creating dance programming accessible to all people, regardless of their ages, abilities, or special…

Kathryn MacKay

With her experience as an original founding member of the Thousand Islands Playhouse and as Associate Artistic Director, Kathryn is a great asset as a visiting artist at H’art. She is the former Artistic Director and General Manager for Theatre Kingston and her directing credits there include: The Drowsy Chaperone, The Drowning Girls, and The…

Catherine Bell, AICI CIP

Catherine Bell is a dynamic international speaker, part-time Professor, best-selling Author and President of PRIME Impressions who is frequently quoted in the media and has been a guest on Canada AM, CBC Newsworld and CBC radio. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University and former Fashion Designer, Catherine is one of only 12 Certified Image Professionals…

Bonnie Henderson

Bonnie is a retired elementary school principal. She was a teacher and administrator for 31 years. She was involved in Special Education, taught a general learning disabilities class for six years and taught Special Education programming at Queen’s University for seven years. She decided to join the Board after meeting the Director and attending a…

Gail Vanderholst

Gail has spent her working life in the accounting field with positions as office manager, staff accountant, and small business owner serving clients. She has worked with auditors from Revenue Canada as well as several accountants. After 22 years of part-time and full time work, Gail decided to slow down, reduce her client list, and search for ways…