Artist, Collaborative Creative, Counsellor, Lifelong Learner. Shannon Mackinnon’s first career love was the arts, and that passion has continued to feed the creation of visual, performative, written, spoken, and community arts from long before and after their BFA in Drawing and MSW in Clinical Social Work were completed. Through helping run a gallery, mentor other artists and those with creative sparks, challenging social inequities, provoking discussion and random studio creating, the arts have been a constant and caring source of being seen, of channeling an imperfect existence into tangible being. Healing and the arts as a lifepath has been central to forming an intersectional identity where clinical counselling, social work, queerness, feminism, activism and effecting positive change have grown in importance over time. You can find out more if you are curious at http://www.hiveandheart.ca.