About Us: Our Team

Hardy Steinke
Executive Director

I am passionate about living with our minds and hearts always expanding!  I love to learn by reading, webinars, podcasts, and conversations. It all has something to do with our evolving spirituality, relationships, the beauty of being alive and making the world a more loving place for everyone.

In addition to beaches and beautiful gardens, my other favourite places would be cafés where we can go heart-to-heart about what we’ve been thinking, feeling, and doing lately.  Married to Cindy, we have 3 adult children with partners, all amazing, and 5 darling grandchildren!

Nicole Bonder
Projects Coordinator

Life’s journey is about the people who walk with us. Whether it’s our family, our best friends, or our colleagues, their lovely impressions remain uniquely in my spirit as I go through life. These experiences shape who I am today. So why not cultivate deeper connections with those whom we cross paths with every day?  How about beyond the neutral way that we're used to greeting our neighbours? My journey at Heart Comonos left an impression on me to embrace community wellness by incorporating true fulfillment and balance. 

I spent most of my life growing up in Cooksville, completing all of my schooling right in the core of Mississauga. Sometimes, it was hard to make those genuine connections with my very own neighbours.  But I sense I'm not the only one feeling this way. 

My main areas of study include Theatre and Psychology! I love the intersection between the two, because I find that through art we can appreciate and discover the human psyche. There, we find our deepest desires and passions.

Christine Bennett

I am a life-long resident of Mississauga.  Growing up, the only shopping areas were in Cooksville, Applewood and Port Credit, and only 25 years ago, there were cows in a field just a few miles from where I live now and horses were pastured near the Square One location.  My how things have changed! My favourite thing about living here is the diversity found not only in my neighbours but in the food, culture, arts and shopping available here.

I like to stay current with local, national and international news, and love being involved in my local community. I currently volunteer for several different organizations, and I have a special interest in issues surrounding mental health.  I caught the travel bug early and like to explore new cities and countries – it doesn’t matter where in the world I go – any place new is exciting.  In my spare time I like to do yoga, garden, read, paint and attend live theatre.

Olinda Casimiro

A strategic-thinking project leader with 25 years experience providing direction in the non-profit cultural sector, Olinda Casimiro is the Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Northumberland located in historic Victoria Hall, Cobourg, Ontario. She is inspired by the creative spirit that all artists share, and dedicated to leading teams that present, interpret and engage with the public and ultimately with the communities it serves.

Leveraging over 2 decades of experience Olinda has raised funds to drive new programming and cultural investment in Cobourg and Northumberland County. She continues to engage the need for change in industry and believes the best creative environments are those that embrace partnerships, work collaboratively and are passionate about creating diverse experiences.

Olinda is an active community volunteer, an aspiring minimalist with an interest in modern art and supporter of community-driven institutions.

Heart Comonos is people coming together in the Cooksville-Mississauga and surrounding area to share their ideas, gifts, skills, knowledge and life experiences.  We partner with individuals and organizations to create projects and activities that support the multiple dimensions of personal and community wellness.

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