MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning receives $25,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

Photo (Left-Right): David Graham,  Co-Founder of MacPhee Centre; Sharon Ishimwe, Executive Director of MacPhee Centre; Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk; Stuart Clow, Board Co-Chair of MacPhee Centre. 

DARTMOUTH, NS – In partnership with IWK Health and Addictions program, MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning will be collaborating with the Adolescent Intensive Services (AIS) program to enhance support for youth transitioning back into the community throughout and after their treatment period at AIS. With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the organization will provide 150 therapeutic art sessions to youth in AIS.

“Through our partnership with IWK, youth in clinical care are introduced to MacPhee Centre to explore the utility of art in healing,” said Sharon Ishimwe, Executive Director of MacPhee Centre. “With exposure to different art modalities in a safe and supportive environment, the youth often feel empowered to find and build connections both at the Centre and in their broader community.”

MacPhee Centre receives referrals from mental health practitioners in Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding areas because of the impact they have seen art have in contributing to healing over the years. 

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to provide a $25,000 Community Fund grant to support youth at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports a wide range of organizations that are working to expand access to mental health care, supports and services for more Canadians in communities around the country,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk.

Bell Let’s Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country. To learn more, please visit

About MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning

MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning empowers youth between the ages of 12 to 19 to connect passion with purpose through arts. Located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity and confidence by offering unique programs in visual and performing arts, creative writing, and technology in a safe and inspiring space. By bridging the learning gap in those who are disengaged from traditional education, or with barriers to accessing creative learning, MacPhee Centre helps in the development of confidence, lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for the value in giving back to the community and increased potential for employment in our communities. We help Nova Scotian youth find their voice through the arts.

Media contact

Sharon Ishimwe, Executive Director

McPhee Centre for Creative Learning