HEART would not exist without our loving, dedicated, and talented mentors.
Farrah started HEART while volunteering teaching yoga to a group of adults with special needs and learning more about the struggles they and their families face after they graduate from high school. Farrah wanted to use her time and skills to help with this problem and started HEART to fill the void in creative, stimulating, and community engaged services for adults with special needs. Farrah's vision with HEART is building strong community support for adults with special needs who want to develop and identify as artists, building a strong team of HEART Mentors, a financially sustainable infrastructure, and producing high quality and inclusive community art events.
Becca "Rae" Weekes
Activities & Volunteer Coordinator
Rae was working with a group of adults with special needs where Farrah volunteered teaching yoga and joined Farrah in creating HEART. Rae wears many hats at HEART including managing the daily activities and volunteers. Rae is a dedicated and reliable friend to everyone at HEART. She is not afraid to jump in wherever needed and has everyone's best interest at heart. We all love having Rae's genuine heart guiding our day-to-day at HEART!
Visual Arts mentor / Volunteer extraordinairE
The HEART group was so lucky to bump into Quenby at Hampton Park one day and invited her to volunteer. Quenby immediately began volunteering with HEART every Tuesday and Thursday. Quenby's endless artistic talents began to reveal themselves and we were thrilled to hire her in July 2017 as HEART's first Artist Mentor. Quenby is making incredible art with the HEARTists not only because of her talents and abilities but also, her connection and relationship with each HEARTist. Quenby is an extraordinary artist and human and we all love Quenby at HEART!
Mel started volunteering in 2017 , helping us get the HEART Radio Lab Choir off the ground. We were excited to hire Mel in 2018 to lead the choir and work with the HEARTists in groups and one-on-one teaching all things musical. Mel is a talented singer and musician. She has a soft and shy leadership that the HEARTIsts respond to well. We all love having Mel's sweet and gentle energy at HEART!
Maari & Henry
Maari & Henry are talented comedic writers, performers, and theatre mentors. We are fortunate to have their knowledge and expertise on the HEART team. Maari and Henry know how to get the HEARTists engaged and out of their shells. They have raised HEART's production value exponentially with advice on lighting, sound effects, staging, acting cues, props, script editing, and character building. Maari & Henry have also raised the enthusiasm and interest in performing arts at HEART.
Marisa started as a dedicated HEART volunteer in 2016, immediately fitting into the HEART family. Marisa pays close attention to those that need her most. We were excited to be able to hire Marisa in 2018 to help run the day-to-day operations with the HEARTists. Marisa is a fun loving soul and cares deeply about the HEARTists. Everyone loves Marisa.
Kat has been working with HEART every Tuesday since 2016 as one of the HEARTists personal tutors and an immediate asset to the HEART team. Kat is eager to roll up her sleeves and help wherever needed. She is a ball of fun and enthusiasm and always ready for adventure. Kat is a natural at connecting people and campaigning for things she believes in. We were so happy to hire Kat in 2018 as HEART's Fundraising Assistant. Everyone loves Kat!