Advisory Board Members
The Drive Foundation is honored to have a cross-disciplinary crew of passionate individuals working together to advance The Drive Foundation’s mission to support mental health through music, arts and holistic recovery.
Recognized as a music therapist since 2001, Rachael has worked in hospitals, long term care facilities, and a private studio, initiating over 30 new music therapy programs throughout Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. She served as the president of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario from 2010-2014 and was the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, for Healthcare in 2015. An advocate for educating people about music therapy, she brought 2 music therapy courses to McMaster University in 2010, currently educating over 4000 students each academic year about music therapy. To provide further education to the community and healthcare professionals Rachael launched the Music Therapy Academy.
She is currently completing a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. The focus of her research is proactive wellness through music therapy. Her PhD work aligns with the values of the Drive Foundation – supporting mental health initiatives.
As per the World Health Organization, there is no health without mental health. This statement does not only apply to those with a mental illness or an addiction. It is relevant to everyone. However, negative stigma is often a barrier to engaging in mental health care – we need to reduce this barrier.
“I am proud to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Drive Foundation which shares my values of supporting mental health initiatives, including reducing negative stigma about mental health and mental illness. As per the World Health Organization, there is no health without mental health.”Rachael Finnerty
Kayleigh Lebak is a graphic designer and illustrator with nearly two decades’ experience. American by birth and international by choice, she and her trusty laptop have circled the globe, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to independent upstarts. She first cut her teeth working with non-profit organizations and to this day has a special love for working with charities and festivals. Together with her partner Boyan Pinter, she is one of the forces behind SPIKE – Bulgarian Music Showcase, Bulgaria’s first showcase festival and music conference, and its precursor SIMC – Sofia International Music Showcase.
The Drive Foundation is the perfect partner for this designer to use her skills and connections in service of the greater good.
“I am excited to join the Drive Foundation as an honorary board member and put my skills and passion to work using the power of design to share the Drive Foundation’s powerful message about the importance of speaking openly about mental health and addiction and supporting each other on our journeys.”Kayleigh Lebak
Shivana Ramsingh (she/they) is a registered Social Worker with the OCSWSSW, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and teacher/educator. She is a Manager of Community-Based Mental Health at a Toronto children’s mental health agency where she has worked for 10 years.
As a practitioner with over 2 decades of experience in mental health, trauma, holistic wellness, anti-oppression, bereavement, and addictions and recovery, Shivana has worked extensively with youth, 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC, (dis)abled, womyn, newcomers, and refugee communities across the globe. She is committed to developing and facilitating anti-oppressive, community-based approaches to holistic wellness, and working collaboratively with the communities she serves to enhance and strengthen sustainable health and well-being for all.