Ambassadors for Drive
The Drive Foundation is honored to partner with legendary icons in the fields of music, television, sports and film.
By lending their background and sharing their own experiences in mental health awareness, together we will bring The Drive Foundation to the next level in our mission to work on a global level, supporting mental health through music, arts and holistic recovery.
Jeff is a Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger, and musician with hundreds of platinum and gold-selling records to his name. He won his Grammy for Album of the Year as a producer on Celine Dion’s, “Falling Into You”.
During a career spanning over 40 years, he toured as a member of Herbie Hancock’s Rockit Band and has contributed to hundreds of recordings by significant mainstream artists, including Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer, Billy Joel, Bee Gees, Backstreet Boys, Cher, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden and many more.
Jeff continues to produce, arrange and collaborate with new and exciting young artists. Inspired by his role in the ever-changing music business, he looks forward to more opportunities for creativity and collaboration.
“The Drive Foundation brings valuable resources and support to artists and musicians who face the challenges of Mental Illness and Addiction in their professional and everyday lives. I want to share my experience, knowledge and resources to support our global creative community.”Jeff Bova
Like a river, ever constant and ever moving, Don Graham and his music just keep rolling along. He was been signed to record labels, Gamma/Aquarius, MCA/ Kapp, Amber Records and is now on the EMG Collectives label. A track recorded at RCA in Toronto in the ‘70s was recently included on a compilation disc on Mexican Summer Records out of NYC. He has had songs recorded by Canadian legend Bobby Curtola, has written songs with Grammy nominated Grand Ole Opry star Michael Peterson and was signed to Irving Almo the same year as Eddie Schwarz and Bryan Adams. Don has recorded in Montreal, Toronto, Austin, Texas and most recently in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with legendary producer Norbert Putnam behind the board. He has performed all over North America as well as Norway, Sweden, Austria and France.
Last year Don’s song and video “You Can Count On Me” was featured in the global broadcast of the international Earth Celebration, Heal The Earth that featured artists ranging from Tommy James, David Pomeranz, Andy Kim and Murray McLauchlan. He opened for folk icon Eric Andersen, The Songpoet, and last month Eric personally requested Don to record a version of his song “The Hustler” for a recently released tribute album featuring the songs of Eric Andersen with contributions from Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan and many more. Don continues to perform and tour, and is presently writing songs for his new album.
“The life of a touring musician is not for the faint of heart. The music and performing is the easiest part of the job, it’s the in between hours that are the most difficult. The bright lights, cheering crowds and the rush of performing is in stark contrast to the down time. Hours spent in lonely hotel rooms with nothing but the silence of the room and your own thoughts can lead to anxiety and depression until the next “fix” the following night. There is no manual to guide you through it, so it’s important to develop coping skills and an understanding of the situation. The Drive Foundation is a great vehicle to help develop those skills in the artistic community.”Don Graham
Toronto Blue Jay alumni, World Series Champion, 2 time American League All Star, Silver Slugger and Golden Glove winner, Kelly Gruber is proud to be an Ambassador for The Drive Foundation.
“As professional athletes we’re well trained and educated on maintaining our physical fitness to optimize our skills but little time is spent on our mental fitness. The mental ups and downs of our daily playing lives goes unseen to the public but it’s something all athletes deal with on a regular basis. The Drive Foundation gives me a chance to shed some light on the coping skills I’ve developed over the years.”Kelly Gruber
Lisa Hartt Spillane has been a singer and songwriter for as far back as she can remember and brings her own brand of enthusiasm, joy and inspiration to the stage and studio. Raised in Montreal, Lisa is a Juno award nominee for “Starwatcher,” The Lisa Hartt Band’s first album. She has worked, recorded, and toured with some of the world’s most legendary performers such as Anne Murray, Ken Tobias, Gino Vanelli, April Wine, Rayburn Blake of Mashmakhan, The Lisa Hartt Band, Phil Ramone, David Foster, Maurice White and Natalie Cole, to name a few.
Having just released a single “Don’t Tell me How I Feel,” about the death of her little brother Christopher, due to mental illness, Lisa has penned a series of songs dealing with addiction, and her own journey in recovery. Spring 2023, she is releasing a 4-song EP produced by Chris Birkett titled “Arrival.”
“I have dealt with the loneliness of being on the road for months and months, the endless touring and the rough timetable, terrible conditions, and no other women generally, to speak with. It gets to you, really gets to you. I became very ill over many years and eventually had to find my way to heal or die. Being an ambassador for Drive Foundation is paying it forward, being able to share my success story of 40 years in recovery is a dream for me and one that can hopefully help one person on their journey to mental health.”Lisa Hartt
Gail Harvey is an award-winning film director and photographer who has studied under Norman Jewison, Wim Wenders and Arthur Penn. She was the third woman ever hired as a staff photographer at United Press International wire service. Gail Harvey is forever etched into history for taking the iconic photos of Canadian hero, Terry Fox.
Her most recent venture is a production company called “Straight Shooters” – in partnership with her daughter, award-winning actress Katie Boland. Their first project completed was a documentary film about Rickie Lee Jones, entitled Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire (2015), recently short listed for a Grammy Award Nomination. Harvey is in post-production on her latest project a feature film Never Saw It Coming (2018), written by Linwood Barclay, based on his novel of the same name. The film stars Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts. Her film Looking Is the Original Sin (2014), inspired by the life of Diane Arbus, starring Katie Boland, and Maria del Mar with a cameo role by Linda Hamilton premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. It won best international feature at the New York International Film Festival, screened in London, England at the Raindance Film Festival and at the Female Eye Film Festival where Gail was awarded the Female Eye Honourary Director, Best in the Biz award for 2014. Gail has directed award-winning television shows Dark Matter (2015), Private Eyes (2016), Heartland (2007), Lost Girl (2010), Republic of Doyle (2010), Murdoch Mysteries (2008), as well as directing all the episodes of the HBO series The Line (2009), and two movies for Lifetime Network, Four Extraordinary Women (2006) starring Lindsay Wagner, and Home by Christmas (2006), starring Linda Hamilton.
“Even though we love our work, due to the high levels of stress and demands, the creative arts fields have always been affected by mental health issues. I am so glad we are bringing these issues to the forefront and talking about them openly and I am proud to be an Ambassador for the Drive Foundation as we move forward to find more solutions.”Gail Harvey
Lennart Kleine, is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in managing company operations, negotiating sustainable deals, and fostering long-term business relationships, primarily within the Healthcare sector. His career spanned over four decades, with over twenty years dedicated to pro bono work within Team Sweden. Notably, he served two terms as the Chairman of the Board for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, collaborating closely with the embassy, consulate, and trade commissioner to strengthen connections between Sweden and Canada. Within the healthcare sector, Kleine focused on generating non-ministry revenues for programs aimed at providing excellent patient care, showcasing his commitment to innovative approaches in healthcare funding and quality initiatives.
“Drawing upon 40 years in healthcare, I’m passionately dedicated to unraveling the intricacies of mental health. By prioritizing mental wellness, I aim to empower individuals on their journey to emotional balance and fulfillment. As an Ambassador at the Drive Foundation, I’m committed to supporting and advocating for mental health awareness, believing it to be an essential need, not a luxury, in everyone’s life.”Lennart Kleine
We are honoured to have Michael with us and lending his unforgettable voice and presence hosting our events. You will remember Michael from the days of his residency on MuchMusic as one of the first VJays in Canada to make a difference with music. He shares his own stories about his own mental health work while helping Drive. This is a new role we have initiated for the Foundation and as legendary icons in the field of music, television, sports and film.
“I have known Sandy Graham for decades and most recently worked with Michelle Titian at another event and now want to help in whatever way I can with The Drive Foundation and its mission. Having spent all my adult life working in the arts, I personally know the stress that can come about with the issues of mental health and the need for wellness moving forward. I want to lend my name and support to whatever initiatives The Drive Foundation has to not only address the mental health issues but to be part of the solutions.”Michael Williams