CSARN - Helping Canada’s Senior Artists Home
CSARN Mentorship founding directors Joysanne Sidimus and Deborah Windsor

Joysanne Sidimus: Born in New York, Joysanne Sidimus trained with George Balanchine and was a dancer with the New York City Ballet and a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and the Pennsylvania Ballet. After retiring from performing, she taught and staged Balanchine works for fifteen years and then founded the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and was its Executive Director until December 2005. She was also the founding Vice-Chair of Toronto Western Hospital’s Artists’ Health Centre and the project director for the Senior Artists Research Project She continues to work as a Balanchine repetiteur both in Canada and internationally .She is the recipient of both the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and the 2006 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Life-time Achievement.

Deborah Windsor: Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Deborah attended St. Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities. She gained overseas experience working with l’Arche; a French community assisting mentally handicapped adults. She entered the co-operative field as Executive Director of the Université Ste. Anne Housing Society (Societé de Logemont) in Yarmouth, N.S. Further work in social housing followed as National Membership Coordinator for the Co-Operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ottawa. From 1991 to 1998, Deborah served with the Canadian Auto and Aerospace Workers’ Union as Director of Operational Services for CAW’s Community Development Group. An executive posting to the Canadian Television Fund in Toronto followed experience as a marketing consultant with Media Three Group, Unionville; Ont. Deborah participated in developing the first international digital media conference in Chania, India before joining the Writers’ Union of Canada in 2002.