Katarina Thorsen, artist and youth worker, is passionate about the therapeutic power of art and its ability to build connections and raise self-esteem in youth. Since 2005, Katarina has worked in the Lower Mainland as therapeutic art facilitator and support worker for organizations such as Circles of Support and Accountability (community support for high risk sex offenders), Burnaby Youth Custody Centre, Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School and Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society (Downtown Eastside). Katarina also volunteers with Operation Sock Monkey and is working with youth from the Squamish Nation to develop a peer run program- Heartfelt Productions- to provide local young women with entrepreneurial skills while selling their arts and crafts online. Katarina was awarded the City of North Vancouver 2010 Civic Youth Award: Outstanding Supporter of Youth. She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art in 2013.