St. Lawrence student receives 2018 Brook Catherine Doseger Award


Olivia received Doseger Award from Catherine and Greg Bell

On Sunday December 9th, at the finale performance of “The Wishing Tree”, H’art Centre announced Olivia Breton, a third-year Child and Youth Care student from St. Lawrence College, is the 2018 recipient of the Brook Catherine Doseger Endowment Fund Award.

The Brook Catherine Doseger Endowment Fund is a permanent fund initiated by Catherine and Greg Bell, and supported by several donors, in memory of Brook Catherine Doseger (1992 – 2016).

“This inaugural award marks what will be an annual event, acknowledging the importance of the student placement program at H’art Centre and the training of future facilitators of accessible arts for people with disabilities,” said Catherine Bell.

Brook Catherine Doseger’s passion for life and adventure knew no bounds and this spirit overflowed into everything that she did. The endowment fund honours Brook through an award given by H’art Centre to a post-secondary placement student who has best exhibited the philosophy, focus and joy of the H’art Centre.

Brook was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, and when she completed her education at Nipissing University, she pursued her life-long dream of being an elementary school teacher. Shortly after taking a Kindergarten position in Kuwait, a tragic accident ended her life, but not her influence and hope that everyone can be included. Brook was a person of faith, living her beliefs, always showing kindness and generosity to everyone, including volunteering and celebrating with people with developmental and physical disabilities, talking openly about mental health issues, and supporting initiatives to increase childhood literacy.

“Life can be incredibly joyful. Enjoy ALL of it. The good, the bad, the days you genuinely think you would be better off as a cat.” – Brook Catherine Doseger