Board of Directors

Founding Member of the
Toronto Art Therapy Institue

James Nicol,  a Founding Member of the TATI Board of Directors, describes himself as a “Proud Scot”. Mr. Nicol had been an associate of Dr. Martin Fischer’s during Dr. Fischer’s early explorations into art therapy. When Dr. Fischer decided to develop the Toronto Art Therapy Institute he and Mr. Nicol appointed its first Board of Directors. As well, Mr. Nicol worked on the Institute becoming incorporated and establishing its constitution.

Honorary Patron

Mrs Beatrice Fischer

Beatrice Fischer passed away in September, 2021 and she will be greatly missed. She attended many a graduation even well into her 90’s and was always supportive of our work at TATI.

Board of Directors


Debbie Anderson,  D.T.A.T.I., Private Practice




Bob Engel,  MSW, Executive Director (Retired), Oolagan Community Services


Mary Vachon,  PHD




Delane Cooper

William Ma, BA


Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC


Dr. Ydessa Hendeles, C.M., O.Ont., PhD, LL.D. (Hon.), D.F.A. (Hon.), A.O.C.A.D., D.T.A.T.I.