About

Who is the Music Therapy Fund?

Our Mission

To promote, develop, and support music therapy services and research in order to restore, maintain, and improve the mental, physical, and emotional health of Canadians.

Our Vision

To create better lives through the transformative power of music therapy.

 

Based in the Music Therapy Centre in Toronto, the Music Therapy Fund is a registered charity dedicated to making music therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada.

 

The scientific evidence tells us that music therapy works. However, music therapy is still not a widely recognized form of therapy, and is seldom funded by private insurance or government programs. This means that, for the most part, music therapy is only available in Canada to people or organizations that can pay for it.

 

Music therapy helps us to move and communicate, to cope, to better understand ourselves and to reach our full potential. We want to make music therapy available to anyone who needs it.

We are a safe and inclusive organization

 

The Canadian Music Therapy Fund, including the Toronto Music Therapy Centre, aims to provide a safe, creative and inclusive environment. It is everyone’s responsibility to create positive and respectful spaces for people who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. As an organization, we aim to foster welcoming relationships both with our team and the community, including our donors, clients and ambassadors.

 

We have zero tolerance for harassment or violence of any kind and will seek to address these behaviours as quickly as we can. The impact on the person harassed, not the intent of the harasser, defines harassment.

 

If one believes that they have experienced harassment of any type within TMC, there are several processes they can follow, from directly notifying the harasser that their behaviour is unwelcome, to making a verbal or written complaint.  The TMC has designated four complaint recipients to whom an individual may address their complaint.

Employees

Regan Harney, Community Development and Fundraising Manager 

Regan started volunteering with the Canadian Music Therapy Fund in 2015 while she was working in the corporate event industry. Volunteering evolved into a full time position in 2017 and since then, Regan has been responsible for a majority of the growth and changes including a re-brand, a new annual signature event, the creation of the George Stroumboulopoulos Music Therapy Scholarship, and raising a significant amount of funds for the charity. Her background is in artist management, marketing, communications, and events. Regan also teaches Event Marketing at Seneca in the School of Media.

Christine Lever,  Administrative Manager

 

Christine has worked at the Canadian Music Therapy Fund since 2007. She’s the voice you hear on the phone when you call and, if you are visiting the Fund during the week, she will also be greeting you in person. She has a background in philosophy (ethics), gerontology and working with individuals of all ages with special needs. She has no idea what else she can possibly say apart from extolling her uncanny ability at hitting the right note on the triangle.

Beatrix (Bea),  Official Tail Wagger 

 

Beatrix (Bea) is one of the resident dogs that can be found in the administration office of the Canadian Music Therapy Fund. She provides comic relief by tilting her head and looking hopefully at anyone mentioning food. She can be seen sleeping in the Staples box that she requisitioned for her bed. She can also be heard snoring during her (frequent) naps.

Basil,  Official Scaredy Cat (Dog)

 

Basil is one of the resident dogs that can be found in the therapist office on Thursdays and Fridays. He loves to curl up on his blanket under Chrissy’s desk and if given the chance, will constantly ask Christine for treats. He is very good at being quiet when sessions are happening but when the big clinic room is free, a nice game of fetch is all his heart desires. 

Board Members

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John McCrea
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Hannah You  MMT MTA
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Arlene Boyce
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Wanda Gascho-White
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Sheri Katz
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Natalie Pooran
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Mary An Blom
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Mark Costain
Laurie Schertzer
Laurie Schertzer
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Kerry Martin