Vice Chair – Research
Laurie Sadowski (BMus: Wilfrid Laurier University; MA in Musicology: York University; MA in Community Music: WLU; Arts and Healthcare training: University of Florida).
Laurie is currently the Arts in Medicine Coordinator at Niagara Health, creating arts-based experiences for patients, families, and staff in outpatient oncology, and Adjunct Faculty at WLU, where she was recently awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage grant to develop an arts-based engagement strategy for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Other current projects include two St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program: Culture Builds Community Grants (one for those affected by MS, and another for youth at Pathstone Mental Health); chairing Arts & Health Niagara; co-chairing the Niagara Region Qualitative Research Interest Group; assisting with clinical research in the Niagara Health ICU; and developing a music/wellness project for non-arts university students. As an arts animateur, community music facilitator, published author, and music and wellness advocate, Laurie’s projects drive her passion to promote how the arts can enhance overall wellbeing.