Meet the Team

Julie Dawn Smith
Executive Director

While studying music performance and working as a free-lance musician, Executive Director Julie Dawn Smith developed a painful and debilitating condition that ultimately put a stop to her playing career. Had the Artists’ Health Alliance existed at that time, not only would she have benefited greatly from the resources, knowledge, and guidance the AHA offers, she would have had the information and tools needed to heal and continue with her performance career.

Since that time Julie’s focus has been to facilitate and advocate for the careers of other artists through arts programming, arts education, and academic writing. She is the former executive director of Coastal Jazz and the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Guelph Jazz Festival. She has developed many outreach, education and arts programs throughout her career and has published articles in the areas of gender, improvisation, and cultural studies. She has studied classical music, jazz performance, experimental and electronic composition, South Asian music, and interdisciplinary fine arts. Julie holds an honours B.A. in music from York University, a diploma in jazz studies from Humber College, an M.A. in interdisciplinary arts from Chicago's Columbia College, and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia.

Board of

Helena Pagano, Interim Chair

John Hudecki, Vice-Chair

Jill Humphries, Secretary

John Moody, Treasurer

Dr. Lee Bartel

Christy DiFelice

Leslie Dolman

Pat Dumas-Hudecki

Jeanne Jabanoski

Jan Lackstrom

Dr. Darrell Ogilvie-Harris

Liz Pounsett

Tracy Ross


Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Co-Chair

John Hudecki, Co-Chair

Advisory Council

Christine Ardagh

David Banks

Lyne Bond

Clive Chamberlain

Michael Du Maresq

Phil Ellison

Lynda Hamilton

Tennys Hanson

Jeanne Jabanoski

Merrijoy Kelner

Linda MacKenzie

Elise Orenstein

Pauline Pariser

Laura Quinn

Paula Ravitz

Kathy Sabo

Graham Savage

Joysanne Sidimus

Eileen Smith

Beverley Spotton

Camille Watts

Beverly Wellman

Lynne Wilson

Catherine Zahn

In Memoriam

Malka Green

Upcoming Workshops

STRESSED! Workshop Series

May 02, 2019

Stress is a tricky part of life. Too much of it, and you’re a blob on the floor. Too little of it, and you’re a blob on the floor. For artists, stress comes not only from the normal pressures of life, but also from the precarious nature of the arts sector which usually means too little time, ...

STEP ONE! Primary Care

November 07, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? Primary healthcare providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners, are the starting point to accessing healthcare services in Ontario. They can treat many health conditions (including stress-related ones) and can lessen the stress that often comes ...

DIGEST! Eating with Mood in Mind

December 05, 2018

What’s this got to do with stress? What we eat, our eating patterns and our mindset about food are all fundamental to health. This workshop considers the time and financial restrictions artists commonly face to offer stress-reducing, health-boosting, nutrition-focused knowledge. In this ...