“Our most valuable asset of all – our people.”

Executive Director Katherine Porter

Katherine Porter

Katherine is a practicing professional artist who brings a lifetime of experience and skills in the fields of art and business. Her expertise is connecting existing community services to artists and developing affordable, available and accessible creative arts opportunities in the community. A young man with Down Syndrome inspired Katherine to found H’art in 1998.…

Tracy Ryan

Tracy is a writer and non-profit marketing and communications specialist because she enjoys helping “good people do great things”.  She is a graduate of the journalism program at Carleton University. Her writing has been published in the Recorder and Times, Whig Standard, 55 Plus, and featured on CBC’s Radio Noon. She has over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and specialized training in…

Education, Anita Boldt

Anita Boldt

Anita is a certified teacher and holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from Queen’s University with a focus in special education, a Bachelor of Arts in History (Queen’s University), Masters in Medieval Studies (University of Toronto). She studied at the art school at York University for two years and has over ten years experience teaching…

Sydney Walker

Sydney is a  Developmental Service Worker who graduated from Trillium College with honours. She has worked with youth and adults with disabilities for over four years in various settings.

Andrea Fitzgerald

Andrea is a life-long resident of the Kingston area with a passion for writing and illustration.  She is an alumni of the Limestone District School Board’s Creative Arts Focus Program and a graduate of St. Lawrence College (Kingston campus).  She has recently joined H’Art Centre as the new Office Coordinator following more than three years…

Kathy Burke

Kathy has been an executive in the finance and customer service industries for many years, and has a degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto, She has extensive volunteer experience ranging across the arts, health, education and social agencies. These include the Grand Theatre Foundation, Ban Righ Centre, dancemakers and notably 2008 Chair of…

Kathi Toth Switzer

Kathi Toth-Switzer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University (1981, 1982) and has thirty-three years of experience teaching individuals with developmental disabilities. As an educator, Kathi has specialist qualifications in Special Education, Reading Instruction and Elementary Music. She is a certified Orff Music Specialist trained by the…

Gail Vanderholst

Gail has spent her working life in the accounting field with positions as office manager, staff accountant, and small business owner serving clients. She has worked with auditors from Revenue Canada as well as several accountants. After 22 years of part-time and full time work, Gail decided to slow down, reduce her client list, and search for ways…

Ann Barry

Ann is a former co-owner of a family-run business in Kingston, and from that has experience in bookkeeping and management. The business was sold to new owners over two years ago, and she is now very happy to become more involved at H’art Centre. She obtained her BA in English from Western University. Ann has long admired H’art…

Tracy John

Tracy John is a three-decade veteran of the marketing communications sector. She is the principal and creative strategist/creative director of her company Amplify Marketing & Communications Canada. Born and bought up in rural England, Tracy has always been creating art in one form or another. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design before moving…