Joanne Bidini is the founder of the Harmony Collaboration. Inspired by her need for respectful dialogue through artistic collaboration with the First Nations community, she utilized her experience in the choral arts and decades-long volunteer commitment to commissioning new Canadian work. She created this grassroots organization to encourage awareness and understanding of the Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin Mural and its story through the shared experience of the performing arts.
REV. BRIAN MCINTOSH
Brian McIntosh was ordained by the United Church of Canada in 1988. In 1998, he was awarded the Fredericton YMCA Peace Medallion for his work. One of his main interests is building right relations with Indigenous peoples, and he has been very involved in supporting the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He is currently the staff team leader at Bloordale United Church in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Reneé Kenny is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Bureau of International Education, and the Learning Resource Network. Her extensive executive career at Centennial College in the health care and community services field has provided the leadership necessary to develop collaborative relationships supporting learning initiatives.
Jill McLeod is a lawyer who believes that the role of a lawyer in modern society is to help resolve conflict in a respectful and efficient manner. With a strong background in health care, Jill enjoys helping people and has practiced family law in Ontario for over 30 years.
Carolyn King is an Elder and former elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. She is the President of the MCFN Cultural Heritage Society and Co-chair of the MCFN Cultural Committee. In 2007, Carolyn was awarded an Eagle Feather given by the Indigenous community, and in 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2021, Carolyn was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of work supporting First Nation history and her commitment to the advancement of the First Peoples.
Norma is an alumnus of the University of Toronto. Long an advocate for Indigenous issues, Norma is a passionate scholar of Canadian history.
STEVEN J.T CAMPBELL
Director, Ex Officio
Steven Campbell is a writer and arts consultant. He has written plays, poetry, publications on the arts, and has directed theatre, opera and videos. The author and co-author of numerous studies and guidebooks on the arts, and arts and learning, Steven was awarded the Gaitskill Prize by the Canadian Society for Education Through Art. He was a keynote speaker at the first UNESCO world conference on arts and learning. He has an M.A. in Drama from the University of Toronto.
Gerri is a chartered professional accountant and has over 20 years' experience working in public and private companies. Currently she provides accounting services to clients in the GTA. Gerri is thrilled and honoured to be involved with The Harmony Collaboration.