The Warrior Within Indigogo Campaign
See student and mentor bios here!

Check out the video of the summer Warrior Within initiative!


Warrior Within (Twitter @warriorwithinpr) is a creative endeavour spearheaded by Catherine Wachter and Nicola Doyle.

The project centres around the creation of a student-driven fictional short film (shot in July, 2016) that uses metaphor and imagery to help engage students in their understanding of stress, anxiety and how to individually develop their own resilience.

This creative project also involved the student exploration of the film's themes -stress, personal resilience and the power of social capital - through artwork, music composition, documentary film, creative writing, dance, blog writing and photography created alongside the shoot and under the guidance of mentors in the field.

This short film, and all its creative facets, will go on to inspire a student-driven curriculum (in the new year, a student group will be creating the lesson plans, student exercises, discussion points, etc.) aimed at filling the dearth of creative pedagogy regarding positive mental health for youth.


In May of 2017, Warrior Within will be celebrated at a gala at the Isabel Bader Theatre. We will premiere the short film, the behind the scenes documentary and exhibit all other forms of artwork produced during the initiative. Our students will be there to share their work (process and completion) in person!

...and if you can helps us spread the word @warriorwithinpr, on Facebook, etc.,) that would be amazing!

Thank you!

Catherine Wachter, BA, BEd, MA, CSFP

Guidance Counsellor / Creative Director of Warrior Within Initiative/Director Warrior Within Short Film

Catherine is passionate about art and education - and the intersection between the two. She completed a theatre degree at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and then pursued acting in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. While Catherine has pursued many artistic endeavours over the years, she also completed an Undergraduate and Masters’ degree in history, as well as a Bachelor of Education at OISE, University of Toronto (U of T).

Further to this, Catherine has attained certification as a Solution-Focused Counselling and Coaching Specialist. Catherine studied this approach at U of T's Faculty of Social Work, Factor-Inwentash, and mentored under some of this field’s leading experts while working at an inner-city school in London, England.

Catherine is currently a guidance counsellor at a high school in Toronto, runs a life coaching business for youth/adults and heads up a Toronto film production company.

Nicola Doyle, BA, MA

Creative Director of Warrior Within Initiative/Producer Warrior Within Short Film

With over 12 years of experience in the broadcast industry, Nicola is a seasoned creative producer with a strong ability to develop engaging visual content.

Beginning her career at Global News in Montreal, Nicola moved into factual entertainment heading up the research and content for documentary series such asRisk Takers and Stunt Stars.

Nicola shifted her focus to developing original documentary series such as The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, Fatal Vows, A Stranger in My Home and Imposters, all which have aired internationally.

Nicola holds an Honors Bachelors of Arts degree from McGill University, and Masters degree in Media Studies from Concordia University, specializing in subjective, first-person documentary. Nicola continues her knack for creating compelling factual content across multiple genres as the Director of Development at Fadoo Productions.