As an arts educator Susan Vale is best known for her transformation of the visual arts department of the Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School. The program, one of the first of its kind in Canada, was modelled after the LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts in New York City. Toronto's "Fame" school was quickly honoured, both at home and internationally. Cutting edge visual arts cirriculum, and an exhibition mandate created under Susan's leadership made the visual arts program a model, and inspiration for arts program in the City and beyond. As an accomplished artist Susan has exhibited in solo and groups shows in Toronto and New York. Her work resides in both corporate and private collections in New York, Connecticut, Atlanta, and England. Susan's work ranges from intimate and meditative works on paper to bold and dramatic surrealist canvases. The mid nineties found Susan pursuing the role of artist as activist. Her deepening involvement in the plight of the disadvantaged and homeless gave Susan the opportunity to combine her love for teaching and making art. Susan has been recognized by the City of Toronto, and the Canadian government for her commitment to social activism.