(TORONTO, ONTARIO) – Over the Bridge is thrilled to welcome the addition of several new board members to the organization’s structure. With this update, the new board now stands at eight members.

“I am personally delighted to welcome such a strong group of new board members, and I look forward to serving with each of them over the next two years.” said Ace Piva, Co-founder and Executive Director of Over the Bridge. “Together we are continuing to build our organization’s ability to serve our community and support musicians, crew members, and all those in the music industry who need assistance with their mental health and recovery.”

In addition to Piva, current board members include OTB Founding Partner Cole Smith Bartel, Jessica Lemmon, and Faisal Khawaja. Joining them are four new board members who will be able to provide additional skills, insight, and support as Over the Bridge continues to grow in its mission.

Catherine Harrison (Chair of Board). 

Catherine is a seasoned team leader, certified professional coach, expert facilitator, author and behaviour change specialist. All of her work has an underlying focus on mindfulness, accountability, conscious leadership (of self and others) and doing work that actually changes something.

She has decades of experience as both a corporate professional and a multi-disciplinary artist. This gives Catherine a unique perspective on realizing strategic, creative, and progressive outcomes, and enables the authentic and straightforward cultivation of ideas and solutions for individuals, small businesses, or large corporations.

Catherine believes that whole human beings show up at work – the good and the bad, the conscious and subconscious. She believes in lifelong learning, sharing, curiosity and evolution. She believes in resource efficiency – time, money, energy, process. And she believes that we can all be all the things we are – we don’t need to choose just one ‘label’ to define our fascinating, complex, multi-coloured selves. 

Anthony Busija (Treasurer)

Technically speaking, Anthony is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), with over 20 years of experience working with various corporations and organizations, both big and small.  He started nuAGE cpa, to put a different spin on the world of accounting.  Anthony’s Firm is committed to leveraging the latest technology to help organizations simplify their processes so they can truly understand their ‘numbers’.

Although not a musician, Anthony is a life-long fan.  He has also spent the last two decades working alongside other non-profit and charitable organizations, helping them thrive and surpass their goals.  Anthony was drawn to OTB because of the organization’s meaningful purpose in an area that needs much more focus.

Amy Di Nino is a seasoned drummer / percussionist, along with  holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Windsor, University of Toronto, and Humber College, and completed her Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  She is the leading lady of Connecting In Rhythm, a neurologic music psychotherapy practice that has provided clinical services for individuals in recovery for over fifteen years.

Sean O’Connor is an award-winning Creative Director at Rethink, Canada’s largest national independent creative agency. Over the course of his career, he’s worked with a wide range of brands including Uniqlo, Uber, Nike, Arc’teryx and Molson Canadian.

Before embarking on his creative career, Sean’s love and appreciation for the music industry led him to get a Masters of Arts in ‘The Beatles, Popular Music & Society’ from Liverpool Hope University. He uses this knowledge almost never. But he’s still glad he has it.

Your Wellness, your choice. At Over The Bridge, we believe there is more than one pathway to wellness, but more importantly Over The Bridge helps you connect with others with similar experience so that you don’t feel alone. Since August 2017, Over The Bridge has trained, educated and supported over 2,500 music industry community members. In an industry where maintaining good mental health is challenging, and substance use disorder is normalized and glorified, it is the mission of Over the Bridge to change the conversation while providing a compassionate environment in which our members can thrive.

We have worked diligently to ensure that the Over The Bridges board and leadership represents a variety of experts from higher education, mental health, substance use disorder recovery, and advocacy, and the newest board members are no exception,” said Piva. “I am so excited for the great work that Over the Bridge will be able to do within the music community in the coming months and years ahead.”