Meet the youthLEADarts Team and Partners
LEAD’s Artist Educators are experts in developing curriculum for all students. Whether virtually or in person; for elementary, junior, intermediate or senior students; as a facilitator in your classroom, youth group, extracurricular or community activity, we are specialists at empowering youth with the vocabulary and skills to become LEADers. Our forte is using the arts to increase the skills such as group work, creative problem solving, interpersonal communication, personal responsibility and self-regulation. Through these skills the students also increase their resilience, self-esteem, and their ability to self-advocate.
Please contact us to schedule a consultation to meet your needs. We have resources across Canada. (info@youthLEADarts.com)
Marilyn Field, M.S.M.- Founder of youthLEADarts
To read more about Marilyn please see our About Us page for the full story of Marilyn’s background and work as an Educational Innovator. Please go back and learn about this inspirational LEADer.
Shelley MacDonald, youthLEADarts National Team
Shelley is an award winning performing artist, educator, and filmmaker who is of Mi’kmaq “Ugpi’Ganjig,” Eel River, New Brunswick and Scottish Ancestry. She has over 20 years of experience as an artist/educator and has collaborated on different theatre and film projects across Turtle Island creating meaningful arts and culture experiences that focus on social justice issues to help create systemic change.
She has spent the last 5 years presenting at different arts and education conferences such as the Assembly of First Nations, INDspire, The First Nations Education Steering Committee, Chiefs of Ontario, The Lighting the Fire Conference and the Banff Centre. She has led performance and film workshops in many reserve communities across Canada.
She has appeared on the television series, Cold Squad and Masters of Science Fiction. She won Best Actor in BC’s Reel Fast 48-hour film festival and has received the Keith Provost award from the Cold Reading Series for her Community Arts projects.
Lori Sherritt-Fleming, youthLEADarts National Team
Lori Sherritt-Fleming is an award winning author, educator, publisher and performer. Lori has been a mentor artist with the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts Program, an educator at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music, an arts educator with Vancouver Biennale and has performed at the Vancouver and Surrey International Children’s festivals.
She founded the Tickle Trunk Players, Theatre for Literacy Project over two decades ago and partners with non-profit organizations such as One World Schoolhouse to build libraries in underserved countries. Her award winning picture books include: “Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch on”, “Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch on” and “Hungry for the Arts: Poems to Chomp on”, with two more in the series due out soon. From a family of Irish storytellers, known as Seanchai, in her spare time, Lori travels the world looking for dragons, ghosts and ideas to inspire her next tale.
Deirdre Potash, youthLEADarts National Team
With over 30 years’ experience as an art educator, Deidre has a diverse practice including a specialty in cultural mediation and online teaching. Her educational practice spans from projects like introducing and establishing art programs, to setting up and running art shows with-in school and community groups.
She has worked with all different types of clientele, from children to seniors in a variety of settings. This has included sectors in education, community groups, business environments, health and mental health institutions, and at school and university locations.
Roy Mulder, youthLEADarts National Team
Roy started his focus on creating media by getting his Audio Visual Communications degree after developing a strong interest in photography. He has kept up with the technology as it has transformed from film to video to digital production. His specialty is underwater videography which fits well with his interest in marine conservation as he is the current president of Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society.
Over the last decade, he has spent a significant amount of time teaching filmmaking and working with youth. While working with Britannia Aboriginal Outreach Program, he taught camera skills and helped students create their own documentary on identity. Roy likes working with youth and often uses former students as interns in his new projects.
Tina Bye, youthLEADarts National Team
Tina Bye has been an artist all of her life. At first, she thought she was a visual arts person, but she discovered that she liked working with people more than being alone with her paints. So, she combined her new found love of theatre with her painting, and became a theatre designer and director.
Then she realized Canada is a huge country and to be working full time in theatre would mean traveling from city to city constantly. So, then she became a teacher and she worked at international schools. And then she noticed some kids have troubles that showed up in their drama scenes and their art. Those kids inspired her to go back to school and learn how to be a creative arts therapist so she could work with those situations safely. And ever since she has been a teacher, a therapist, a visual artist, and a theatre professional; and she lived happily ever after.
Angela Aiello, youthLEADarts National Team
Known for her dynamic personality, trailblazing business ideas, and award-winning work, Angela Aiello (@SuperWineGirl) has forged through the wine world with her charismatic talents, educating the next generation through socially-relevant events, creative stories and programming. She makes wine approachable, fascinating and adventurous.
Ange is part of a number of initiatives that support community service, inclusivity, alternative voices, environmental causes, and human equality.
Elder Amanda White, youthLEADarts Partner
Candice Halls-Howcroft, youthLEADarts Partner
Damian Rumph , youthLEADarts Partner
Sheniz Janmohamed, youthLEADarts Partner
Natalie D. Clifford, youthLEADarts Partner
David H. Lyle