Our Board of Directors consists of professionals dedicated
to our artistic mandate.
Georgia Quartaro’s career has centred on creating more inclusive and meaningful programs for people facing barriers to education and training: women facing domestic violence, women with disabilities and addiction and mental health histories, Indigenous women and new Canadians. Georgia worked in Brazil connecting impoverished women to jobs and education and advancing a more inclusive national educational strategy. In the 35 years she spent working at George Brown College, Georgia helped develop the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate Program (AWCCA) and most recently held the role of Dean of the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies. Georgia and a Confederation College colleague created a northern certificate program based on AWCCA, bringing expertise and training to women in northern Ontario doing frontline anti-violence work in First Nations communities. Georgia also participates in the Indigenous Peoples Education Circle which supports Indigenous learners in Ontario’s community colleges.
MIGIZIW (BOB) CRAWFORD
Migiziw (Bob) Crawford is from the Algonquin Nation and is Turtle Clan. He is currently the Indigenous Professor/Counsellor at George Brown College. He has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions in various mental health, child welfare and addiction settings. His past work includes consultation and training on Indigenous multi-generational trauma issues for numerous child welfare agencies. Bob has developed curriculum and training manuals for Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal agencies and communities in regards to health care, child welfare and historical trauma. Additionally, Bob is the former Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and has sat on numerous boards of directors including Anishnawbe Health as president, Algonquin Nation Land Claim Negotiations Directorate executive board member and Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto.
Lizz Arger is dedicated to healing arts through her work as a Psychotherapist, a Tai Chi instructor, and a painter. She understands the interconnection of these different disciplines in linking mind, body, and spirit. She has worked primarily in the Indigenous community for over 20 years in independent practice, and various mental health agencies, including Native Child and Family Services in Ontario, Aboriginal Services: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she has integrated the use of expressive arts, and culturally appropriate programming (research, supervision, training). She is knowledgeable in Indigenous approaches to healing through her participation in traditional healing ceremonies and circle work. She blends Western and Indigenous healing practices, with expertise in trauma, cultural loss, adoption issues, addiction, sexual abuse, and family breakdown.
Lizz has a BFA Honours, and a Masters at Lesley University in expressive arts. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, a Clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.