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Ms. Heather Kaplan

Heather Kaplan will be presenting the topic of "The History of Music Therapy and It's Canadian Pioneer, Fran Herman."  This includes an archival film showing the early creative endeavors of one of Canada's leading pioneers, Fran Herman, who formulated and produced a theatrical group in 1956 called, "The Wheelchair Players." She took children who were confined to wheelchairs and placed them into theatrical productions using her musical and dramatic talents, which cultivated a unique and substantial motivational stimulant for these disabled young people.

Heather Kaplan has a combined Honours in English and Visual Arts from Western University and a Masters of Arts specializing in 20th century Canadian Art from York University.  She has a long list of accomplishments which include, studied classical piano and violin, published author, extensive community volunteer work, teacher, and an accomplished artist (water-colours and life drawing) as well.

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