Lori Dawn Comerford

  Artist and Educator

Artist and Educator
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Every Child is an artist, the problem is how to remain one as we grow up.  

Creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy, and I actually think people understand that creativity is important - they just don't understand what it is.  Ken Robinson



Teaching Experience


2014- present           Tommy Douglas Secondary School
                                      Position:  Visual Arts Department Head

2005-2014                Unionville High School

                                     Position: Visual Arts Department Head


2001-2005                 Aurora High School

                                      Position: Visual Arts Teacher


1998-2000                 Dr G. W. Williams Secondary School

                                     Positions: Visual Arts/Media Arts and English Teacher

                                                     Interim Assistant Head of English Department


1992- 1998                Sutton District High School

                                      Position: Visual Arts and English Teacher


1989-1992                 Baden Senior School, Canadian Forces Base Baden, Germany

                                     Department of National Defence, Dependent’s Schools Overseas

                                     Positions: Grade 12 English Teacher, Occasional Teacher K-12

                                     Continuing Education- Visual Art/Photography Instructor


1985-1988                 Portage and District School Board, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

                                     Positions: Continuing Education- Visual Art/Photography Instructor

                                     Occasional Teacher- Junior/Intermediate



Professional Qualifications                                                                      


1994                            University of Toronto

                                    Faculty of Education

                                    Honours Specialist Visual Arts


1984-1985                   University of Windsor

                                    Faculty of Education

                                    Bachelor of Education


1980-1984                   University of Western Ontario

                                    Faculty of Arts

                                    Honours Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)



Curriculum Writing and Leadership Experience



Ministry of Education -Media Arts Curriculum – Analysis of Old Curriculum, Member of the Writing Team and Reviewer, 2008-2009


Ontario Society of Education through Art (OSEA) – Focus Course Profile Writing Team, Lead Writer for Grade 10 and Grade 12 AWR Film and Video courses, 2010


Independent Learning Centre, TVO – Co-Writer - Grade 9 Visual Arts distance education


YRDSB – Specialist High Skills Major –Visual Arts advisor for a Grade 12 History Unit


Integrated Unit of Study –art integration with technology, science, history, drama, music, dance


TD21 – Self-directed professional development at UHS – Focus on Creativity and Well Being


Unionville High School – Staff Meeting Chair person -2010-2011


Regional Visual Arts Head  Co-Chair, 2008-2012 –organized meetings and set agenda


Regional PD Day Planning for the Visual Arts, 2009-2013- co-ordinate workshops/facility


Art Schools Advisory Council –Representative for Visual Arts and Unionville High School, 2008-11



Current School Initiatives and Extra-Curricular Activities



Art Attack                                 Promotion of art program with live performances on stage


Art With Heart                         Painting project to connect with community and support charities


Art Show Jazz Café                An evening for parents and community to showcase the arts


Chalk Off                                 Spring sidewalk chalk art competition


No Pole Left Behind                Initiated a concrete pole mural project for the Arts Unionville program


U Gallery                                 Student art gallery at Unionville High School –a learning space


Permanent Collection             Started a permanent art collection at UHS – Painting Award


YRDSB Public Sculptures      Unionville, Dr. G. W. Williams and Sutton High School


Arts and Culture Council         Staff Advisor at UHS, AHS, SDHS- promotes the arts


Clubs                                       Native Studies Club, Film Festival Club, Photo Club


Theatre                                    Stage sets, posters, theatrical makeup and photography


Student Travel                         Group Leader of many trips to New York, Ottawa and various Europe destinations




Conference and Workshop Presentations



Ontario Art Education Association conference – Workshop Presenter, Art Attack! 2013


Arts Unionville Parents Advisory Committee – Presentation and discussion of “A Whole New Mind” by author Daniel Pink, 2011


OISE, Visual Arts Additional Qualification, Guest lecturer, Integrating Technology into the Creative Process, 2011


OISE, Visual Arts Additional Qualifications, Guest lecturer, Media Arts, The New Curriculum, 2010


OISE, Visual Arts Additional Qualification, Guest Lecturer, Technology in the Visual Arts, 2008


Photo Educators Forum – Workshop Presenter, Liquid Light, Photo Transfers, Photo Book, Installation Art, Postmodern Photomontage 1998-2014


Regional Visual Arts Head Meeting – Workshop on New Visual Arts/Media Arts Curriculum, 2010


YRDSB Regional PD Day –Handmade Books, Art Attacks, Installation Art Workshop, 2009-2013


YRDSB PD Day – Visual Literacy Workshop, for UHS staff, 2006


Related Experience


Training in TeachAssist, Google Camp, IPP, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, iMovie


Exhibiting Artist – active as an exhibiting artist in the community –solo show in July


Hot Docs Teacher Advisory Council member, 2009-2013


Published an article in Photo Ed Magazine entitled Liquid Light, June 2002


York Region Arts Camp Instructor, Mixed Media and Theatrical Make-Up, 2002


Art Director and photographer for professionally produced CD covers, EMI Records


Founding member of Absolutely Apposed Art Studio in Aurora, 1995-1999


Teacher’s Advisory Council member, Kodak Focus on Education 1995-98


Portage and District Arts Council, Member of the Board of Directors and

Exhibition Committee Chairperson, 1986-88


Manitoba Festival of the Arts, Neepawa, Manitoba, Photography Instructor, 1986


Manitoba Association of Community Arts Councils, Board of Directors 1985-86


Founder and Host of a cable TV show, At the Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, 1987


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