December 2021: 
TATI wishes to congratulate Saba Rizvi, DTATI (Cand), soon to graduate, on being hired by two agencies to provide art therapy services.  Saba writes:


I have been hired as an DTATI (Cand), RP (Qualifying) at the following locations:


At NRIO (formerly Bayshore healthcare) I have been hired to provide open group Art Therapy to clients who have been diagnosed with a brain injury. They are also looking into potential  group and one-on-one Art Therapy for their clients who fall under the NRIO/Bayshore umbrella. As this has not yet been developed yet, I am working with them to possible include Art Therapy as a service to their residents.


At Anderson Therapy Services I will be providing assessments and therapy to individuals of all ages and who present with a broad spectrum of social and cognitive challenges. I will also be working virtually with the First Nation’s community.


Thank you for your support!



November 2021:

 TATI congratulates Lori Deeley, DTATI on her great news of having received an arts grant from the province of Newfoundland to do art therapy with older adults.  She has been awarded a Professional Projects Grant from ArtNL to do the following project with a group of seniors in her local Long Term Care Facility in Bay St. George. The project is outlined below. It marries her art therapy work with seniors and her passion for painting, as Lori tells us:


This project strives to bring exposure to the natural world, art appreciation and expression to a population of our society which has been shut out of these experiences. Seniors living in long term care facilities are being housed in institutions which are divorced from the natural world in which many residents spent most of their lives. Their exposure to art and artistic expression is limited or lacking entirely. The purpose of this project is to build an opportunity for these residents to witness and interact with the natural world through an ever-changing art exhibition of my landscape paintings which will be accessible to all the residents of the Bay St. George Long Term Care Facility. The exhibition will also include 3 monthly art making workshops. The project would culminate in an artist talk and reception where residents and family members would be invited.


Over a period of twelve weeks, I will produce and deliver six new paintings that will be exhibited at the BSG Long Term Care home. The exhibition will grow biweekly, offering a new “art experience”, and building on the previous images. The paintings which will make up this exhibition will be ink and watercolour works based on my explorations of Newfoundland. The work will bring the “Outside In” for a valued population who no longer have access to the natural world or a gallery/museum experience. This series of workshops and exhibition will bring these missing experiences to the residents.


I am very excited to get started on this in the new year!



November 2019:

TATI wishes to congratulate TATI Grad Shelley Long, DTATI, on her new position.  Here is her description:

I’ve been hired as an Art Care facilitator at St. Martha’s hospital in my hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. It is a part time position (20 hrs per week) and I will be working with patients in various units such as geriatric, PCU, mental health and oncology. I will be working along side a music therapist as well.


I’ve been hired through a wonderful non-profit organization called Arts Health Antigonish.  A bit about AHA from their website:


Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is a collaboration between artists, educators and health care workers which began at the Sustainable Antigonish (SA) Roundtable in January 2013. There was recognition by those at the table of a need to acknowledge, value and respect the immense contribution of the cultural sector to community vitality, vibrancy and health. Afterwards, several champions of health care and the arts came together to establish a working group, leading to an inspiring new community partnership – AHA! The mission of AHA! is to foster creative expression for community health. I am beyond excited to return to Nova Scotia and become a part of the AHA team!   



Congratulations Shelley!  They are lucky to have you!! 

 September 2019

Congratulations to TATI Graduate, Sarah Hughes recently earned her Master’s of Science in Child Life and accepted a Child Life Specialist position at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Through education and creative modalities, Sarah supports the developmental and psychosocial needs of infants and children requiring complex medical support for cardiology and respiratory conditions. 

Congratulations Sarah for realizing your long held dream of working with children in a children’s hospital!

The TATI community wishes to congratulate Anna Portoraro, MA, DTATI, RP in her new full-time position at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto.  She was hired as Counsellor & Art Therapist at the beginning of March 2019. 

Congrats on your brilliant career, Anna!