Bernadette Kutarna

Bernadette Kutarna
BMus '75
2013 Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient

As an accredited music therapist of 36 years, Bernadette Kutarna (BMus '75) uses her knowledge and love of music to improve the lives of others in her community. Through various agency and community programs, Kutarna helps those with autism, acquired brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome, mental health issues, intellectual and physical challenges and those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Kutarna demonstrates a passion for social justice initiatives, having worked as a missionary in Kentucky and completed her master's internship in Johannesburg, South Africa, furthering her training to work with people who lived through the trauma of war and civil unrest. She has played an integral part in the Cuernavaca Project for youth, a program started when she worked in social justice at the Archdiocese of Regina. Kutarna is also heavily involved with the "Reel Anti-Suppressants Popular Theatre Group", which comprises persons with mental health issues.