Marilyn is a Canadian recognized internationally for empowering youth, especially those challenged by life, having lost her mother at age two.
Since 2017, she joined her husband, JC Pennie, in creating Windrush Estate Winery in , Ontario. Their all-VQA wines are described by sommeliers as “world class” while they are winning international awards. Each bottle contains the fruit of the land, the tenacity of entrepreneurs and the passion of a shy visionary who triumphed over adversity. A portion of Windrush profits go to empower children to LEAD our world into a better future.
Marilyn is an education visionary, executive and volunteer who has empowered over 200,000 children to unlock their potential as leaders. Internationally, she conducted a choir of children from 24 countries at the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize, singing with Paul McCartney.
Since she retired from DAREarts, the charity she founded in 1994, Marilyn advises nationally and internationally on education through her new program called LEAD - Listen, Empathize. Act. Drive. Visit www.2020 World.ca and www.youthLEADarts.com
Her vision proves that, when children have confidence and courage, they see with 2020 perspective and LEAD change. Moreover, Indigenous and undeserved youth find their voice. Results include increased school attendance, decreased substance abuse and youth with hope. “I got hope wakin’ up every day,”wrote Leroy, 16, from Webequie FN.
She has volunteered with many organizations in the arts, culture and health, including on the boards of: Opera Atelier, Toronto Senior Strings, The Ontario Speech Foundation, Theatre Orangeville; Esprit Orchestra (president) and the Canadian Opera Company.
She was awarded one of Canada’s highest awards, the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and the Women of Courage Award. She is the 2013 inductee of the Caledon Walk of Fame along the Trans Canada Trail in Caledon East.
“Marilyn Field is a world acclaimed education innovator who empowers ALL children to be leaders.”
▪ 2003 Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (awarded by Canada Governor General)
▪ 2003 The Queen’s Jubilee Medal (awarded by Ontario Premier)
▪ 2013 The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (awarded by Ontario Lieutenant Governor)
▪ 2013 Caledon Walk Of Fame Inductee (unveiled by Caledon Mayor)
▪ 2014 Women Of Courage Award
▪ 2015 Brilliant Women Philanthropist Award
▪ 2020 Lifetime Achievement Cultural Award
▪ Founder of LEAD – Listen, Empathize, Act, Drive – a national education program and organization at www.youthLEADarts.com 2020
▪ Advisor to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2019
▪ Co-owner of Windrush Estate Winery
▪ Keynote Speaker at University of Toronto’s Convocation 2013
▪ Conductor, International Children’s Choir, Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary, Norway - 2001
▪ Advisory Council, NTDTV Chinese New Year Concert – 2004, 2005
▪ Honorary Patron, Headwaters Arts Festival, since 2002
▪ Founder of DAREarts, a national charity that empowers at-risk children 1994
▪ Fundraising Committee member for Headwaters Health Care regional hospital
▪ Board Director of Theatre Orangeville
▪ Board Director of Opera Atelier
▪ Founding Board Director of Toronto Senior Strings - retired musicians from Toronto Symphony
▪ Committee member of ‘The Stratford Express’ yearly fund raiser for Stratford Festival
▪ Chairman of the Canadian Opera Company’s first CD Launch gala - October 16, 1995
▪ Board Director of The Speech Foundation of Ontario
▪ President of Esprit Orchestra
▪ expanded education program; established international recognition; initiated ‘World’s Biggest Bingo’ as marketing strategy; eliminated deficit
▪ Represented Canada with the Orford String Quartet to open Canadian Embassy in Japan
▪ Award winning real estate agent - Royal LePage
▪ Private piano & theory teacher
▪ Teacher & music specialist in elementary schools, Toronto District School Board: 12 years
▪ Created a unique arts education program; co-conducted All-Scarborough Chorus; trained teachers in music education; co-organized ‘Arts Odyssey’, a cultural festival for 2,000 students
▪ Graduate of University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario
▪ Studied piano with Boris Berlin, Royal Conservatory of Music
▪ Multiple award winner at Kwanis festivals
”The most important thing is empowering ALL children with opportunities they so rightly deserve.” … Dream. Believe. Achieve. Lead.