Catherine Hawthorn knows that art has power—to tell a story, to connect us, even to heal.
The owner of Highland Creek Village’s The Framing Dames for almost 20 years, Catherine encourages engagement with the arts locally and beyond.
The founder of the Northern Arts Initiative, Catherine wanted to do something to contribute to First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, particularly the Kashechewan First Nation community near James Bay, a remote, fly-in community of about 2,000 residents, many of whom are children and youth.
Through her volunteer work, she sends art supplies to communities in need, promoting holistic health and healing in partnership with Weeneebayko Area Health Authority’s Community Mental Health and Addiction Program, which offers art workshops.
Catherine hopes this pilot initiative will become a permanent, sustainable program in the community.