Board of Directors
Scott MacLean - President & Treasurer
BSc (Eng.), MBA
After graduating from Queens University with a degree in Geophysical Engineering and from York with an MBA, Scott joined Ford Motor Company as a financial analyst. Over 10 years Scott had a variety of positions in Product Development, Manufacturing and Marketing. Most of his Ford experience came in Detroit with shorter stints in Canada and Mexico.
In 1996 Scott returned to Canada and took a position with Teknion Furniture Systems, where he holds the title of VP of Product and Manufacturing Finance. In this role, Scott is involved with corporate strategic planning, product development and marketing and manufacturing accounting.
Scott has been on the board of CREATE Institute for 15 years and President for 10. Working with CREATE has been profoundly rewarding for Scott as it has meant working with outstanding faculty and staff to develop and grow an organization that provides an important service to the community. He is extremely proud of the graduates of CREATE who continue to serve and improve the lives of countless people.
Beth-Ann graduated with a degree in Theatre and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Her playful spirit and approachable manner are the qualities that have allowed her to remain dedicated in her career as a preschool educator. She has been acquainted with CREATE for many years and has participated in events through her sister who was in The CREATE Institute's first graduating class. Beth-Ann is excited to be involved in helping the CREATE community.
Catherine Marrion, MA (Expressive Arts Therapy), MFA (Theatre Performance), SMTT (Somatic Movement Therapy), is an expressive arts therapist in private practice in Toronto. Having both witnessed and experienced the transformative power of making art and the freeing power of creative play, it is an enduring joy and an honour to be a companion for others on their healing journeys. An embodied approach through all the art forms is a strong value in Catherine's work, and is well supported by her somatic movement therapy background and her extensive theatre experience, primarily as a voice and movement teacher in a conservatory-style theatre training program. In her practice, Catherine enjoys one-to-one work and also loves the energy of groups and other collaborations. She is comfortably multi-modal and maintains personal practices in visual arts and writing as well as classes in singing and movement improvisation. Catherine has facilitated “Giving Voice” expressive arts workshops for CATA and IEATA conferences in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Berkeley. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Create Institute and is a member of OEATA and IEATA.
Double Hons. BA Psych/Communications Theory, EXAT
By the age of 16 Nadine was a member of SOCAN, received a scholarship to Banff Writing program and had achieved early conferral of her high school diploma based on her writing, music and art. In university, she received an invitation to work with bpNichol and Don Cole in their prestigious poetry program (published in in various anthologies, journals etc.) received offers to do two MA research in clinical psychology; however she left academia to parlay the research of one into a children’s television series she wrote, produced and developed. She was in the second graduating class of CREATE (ISIS) and worked in private practice in Toronto in a downtown studio with another CREATE grad.
After an absence from the healing field to raise her family and slay some dragons, Nadine returned to the world of EXAT by becoming a member of Create’s board in 2016 (using her past work experience at Penguin Books in marketing, & spreading the tenets of EXAT in social media), and by joining Rowesa Gordon in 2018 as a teaching associate for the first year class. She has continued to be involved in the arts; as a freelance story editor, multimedia artist, writer and musician. 2020 will see the release of a new single by her & long-term writing partner Leslie Stanwyck (Pursuit of Happiness, Universal Honey) in aid of therapy for parent survivors of their children’s suicides.
Nadine’s next goal? To finally finish that Masters, but at EGS… She’s in a race with her son to see who will get that Masters first!
Dr. Marilyn Oladimeji brings more than 27 plus years of grassroots and professional work experience in the social service sector, feminist organizing and community development, and with anti-violence organizations. Since 2001, Marilyn has been facilitating groups supporting survivors of rape/sexual assault and is a trauma informed counsellor and trainer on gender-based violence, diversity and inclusion, human rights, and social justice. Her work is grounded in an integrated anti-racist/anti-oppression and feminist analysis, a holistic approach in which a person's experience and realities of life are not fragmented and divided.
Marilyn is also a community activist and educator with experiences as the Provincial President of the Sexual Assault movement to serving as a board of director on a variety of community organizations in the GTA. In addition, she is an Expression Arts Facilitator and Professor at George Brown College.
Donna is a 2004 graduate of CREATE and was a Teaching Assistant/Associate in the program for two years. She also holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from Queens University which led to a first career as a school teacher. She has recently retired from her 35 year second career as a Registered Nurse (Nursing St. Lawrence College) with diverse frontline, managerial, government and corporate experience and expertise in geriatrics, mental health, education and Parish Nursing. Her lifelong passion for the arts has led her to experiences as a community theatre actor, musical director, conductor and show pianist. Currently Donna is Musical Director at Sharon-Hope United Church where she previously was Parish Nurse and still facilitates a grief support group. She continues as accompanist for several community choirs including York Region Police Community Chorus where she was proud to receive YRP Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010. Donna is pleased to support CREATE as a Board member.
The Create Institute is looking to add new Board members.
Meetings are held one Tuesday evening per month, September to May, in the Bloor/Yonge area.
If you are interested, or if you know someone who might be, please get in touch with our administrator,
Pamela Rosales, at 416 539-9728.
Bring your enthusiasm, curiosity and your humour! Help us to shape CREATE's future!
THE CREATE INSTITUTE
468 Queen St. E. Suite LL01
Toronto, ON Canada
Tel: (416) 539-9728
Fax: (416) 531-8236