Spark of Brilliance, founded in 1999 by Judith Rosenberg, provides opportunity for persons living with mental health issues to experience the expressive arts, within a supportive, understanding, community-based environment. The program’s distinctive model was conceived from a belief that healing and recovery can be kindled through the arts.
The program's distinctive model was conceived from a belief that healing and recovery can be kindled through the expressive arts and has developed a presence in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and North & Centre Wellington.
Judith Rosenberg's philosophy has been to provide opportunities for individuals to feel empowered through artistic expression.
The experience of Jay Lefler, her son and aspiring artist who has experienced his own mental health issues, described the impact of Spark of Brilliance as: "My love of art, painting and creative expression played a huge role in my healing."
On April 1st, 2012, after 3 years of planning and transistioning, the Waterloo Wellington Spark of Brilliance services integrated under the Self Help Alliance. Both services share similar philosophy and values, making this partnership beneficial to both service areas.