Board of Directors
Sarah is the Founder and Chair of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and holds an honorary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University. She has an active presence within the School as an advocate for the profound potential of music education to empower, motivate, and transform lives. As the key visionary Sarah brings an enthusiasm and passion to every facet of the school. In her celebrated career, she has sold over forty million albums, received three Grammy’s, eight Juno’s and founded a music school.
Dan Cleland has over 30 years of experience within the music industry. His path has included work as audio engineer, production manager, tour manager, and music school board member. Following his tour management of such celebrity musicians as Avril Lavigne, the Barenaked Ladies, Norah Jones, and The Chieftains, Dan has come to work as a major member of Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s management team. Dan brings a wealth of energy, industry knowledge, and professional acumen to his work, and though he is undoubtedly a workaholic, he does maintain one of his favorite hobbies as a pilot, as well as his own endeavors in music. Dan’s experience and insights is invaluable to our team.
Donna is President, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Wealth Advisor and owner of OmniVita Custom Wealth Management Inc., an IIROC regulated dealer member firm she founded in November of 2016, after spending 25 years at ScotiaMcLeod. While with the bank owned firm, she was a long-standing member of their Chairman’s Council, an elite group of top advisors nationwide. Her new firm provides customized, client driven, service. She has earned the designations of Financial Management Advisor, Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and Certified International Wealth Manager.
Her understanding of finance and business management has allowed her and her late husband, Kim, to successfully run businesses since 1988. In addition to her wealth management firm, she currently owns and oversees the operation of Innovative Parts & Solutions, a railway parts manufacturing company that provides parts and tools to railways globally.
Ashif, President and CEO of Trust Science, was awarded the 2002 Ernst & Young Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2005 was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and in 2007 named BDC’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Alberta) and has received Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies award three years in a row. Ashif received NAIT's Alumni of Distinction Award and was also recognized as one of the Top 50 Graduates in 50 years. In 2014, Ashif was named an Honorary Lt. Col for the 20th Field Artillery Regiment (Canadian Army) in addition to receiving the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. He has serves/served on several boards, including Stollery Childrens Hospital Foundation, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Kids Kottage, Alberta’s Promise, Economic Development Edmonton, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Corent Technology, University Hospital Foundation, Citadel, Edmonton Opera and others. Ashif is also a national judge for the Entrepreneur of the Year program and a member of the Henry Crown Fellowship program, part of the Aspen Institute.
David is one of the few creative directors in Canada with experience in all agency disciplines: media, account management and creative. Over the course of his career, he has written and produced over 500 commercials and corporate films, including creative work for clients like Labatt’s Breweries, Goldcorp, Rio Tinto, Vancouver Playhouse, Grouse Mountain, President’s Choice, Sunlight, Rugby Canada, and Knowledge Network. He also created the motto and thematic campaign for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and was the Director of ‘The Gathering’, an award-winning documentary on the Aboriginal participation in the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Games.
David’s work has been awarded at international advertising shows including Cannes, Clios, London International, Hollywoods, Marketing and the Bessies, as well as four golds at the Cassies, the Canadian awards for advertising effectiveness. David is a former Instructor at the Institute of Communication and Advertising, where he taught for 20 years. He is also a former Director of the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) West, and Past-President of the Advertising Agency Association of British Columbia (AAABC).
Marlie Collins is a multi disciplinary singer-songwriter. She has an extensive background in dance, musical theatre and performing. Having studying classical music and musical theatre for over 10 years she began as a voice major at the University of Saskatchewan, which then led her to the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. Since then she has performed as a lead in an Arts Club Theatre production and went back to her roots performing as a soul singer. She has travelled from Malaysia to Vietnam to Dubai and all over North America singing lead vocals with multiple bands. Along side performing she loves to teach and share her knowledge especially with our youth today. Her experience in the different realms of performing has enabled her to help her students find their style, with ease and technique. Her goal is to inspire our youth using music as an outlet, giving them a chance to not only grow as a singer but in their life as well.
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Gordon joined SoM in the spring of 2002 for the inaugural Pilot Project. He received a BFA from SFU, a MMus in Composition for New Media from the London College of Music in the UK and a PhD in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University. He currently works at Kwantlen Polytechnic University as a Music Technology instructor and in the Teaching and Learning Commons as an Educational Consultant in Teaching with Technology.
Gordon’s work as a music composer and sound designer has been showcased in numerous public venues, including two Olympic Games commissions, the New York City Ballet, and the Cedar Lake Ensemble, New York; on television with The Knowledge Network, and with The National Film Board of Canada; and in Vancouver with various dance companies such as Emily Molnar Dance, MovEnt, and Amber Barton Funk. More information about Gordon's work and research can be found at www.GordonCobbPhD.com.
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Growing up in El Salvador and moving to Victoria at age 13, Raul Espinoza taught himself to use turntables in the year 2000 and soon after became DJ Su Comandante. Since then, he has opened for acts such as K-OS, Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, Yellowman, Kinnie Starr, Kytami, Native Guns,the Boom Booms, Long Beach Shortbus, The Furios, and Fishbone. He has also been featured at events such as Groovefest, Skafest and YoFest in Victoria along with Diwali and Under the Volcano in Vancouver, and he has hosted a radio show of underground hip hop for 5 years at CFUV radio in Victoria. Raul is currently one of the staff at Highlife Records on Commercial Drive and spins regularly at the Reef Restaurant on Main Street. He is also a youth empowerment workshop facilitator who works with Hip Hop Hope, the Surrey Urban Youth Project, Leave Out Violence and the Metaphor project.
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Boris holds an A.R.C.T. Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Jazz Diploma from Vancouver Community College and a Bachelor of Music Degree from UBC. Though formally trained in classical piano, Boris’s true passion is for jazz and world music. He currently performs with children’s entertainer Music with Marnie, Latin-Jazz artist Deborah Ledon, traditional French-Canadian trio Pastiche and as bassist for the Celtic-Funk band Mad Pudding with whom he has toured extensively throughout Canada, the US and Europe for over a decade. Boris is also an established bagpipe maker, producing instruments for customers around the globe.
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A veteran of the Canadian jazz community, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Stephen Fisk has built a respected reputation for his creativity and musical openness. He has performed and/or recorded with numerous national and international artists including Bill Coon, Francois Houle, Buff Allen, Chris Tarry, Ian Froman, George Lewis and George Russell.
Fisk has apprenticed over the years with acclaimed jazz artists Jim Hall, Paul Bley, Danilo Perez, George Russell and Gary Peacock, studying all facets of improvisation, composition and musical philosophies. Holding degrees in Arts, Composition and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Stephen has been the recipient of numerous awards for his studies and touring.
In addition to his long time work at Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Stephen also teaches in the Contemporary & Jazz Guitar faculty at Vancouver Community College mentoring up and coming professionals. He is active as a performer, composer, songwriter, recording engineer and producer as well as leading his own projects. Fisk has recorded numerous CD’s on the Plunge Records label.
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Jeff Gammon is a Canadian contemporary/jazz bassist, composer and educator. He is a sought-after emerging musician in the Vancouver jazz scene, playing with well-known creatives such as Steve Kaldestad, Jesse Cahill, Bill Coon, Brad Turner, Hugh Fraser, Mike Allen, and Cory Weeds among others. Jeff has also been involved in pit orchestras for Theatre Under The Stars and Align Entertainment, played at the TD Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s CBC’s Musical Nooners and even toured Canada with Blues/Gospel group The Sojourners and Reggae group Mostly Marley. His growing reputation as a flexible, open and multi-disciplinary bassist has catapulted him into performances with international artists such as Naoko Sakata, Mike Murley, Ian Froman, and Randy Brecker. As an educator, Jeff honed his teaching craft as teacher’s assistant to Jodi Proznick at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summer Jazz Workshop for three years in a row. He currently holds a Diploma in Music Performance - Jazz from Mt. Royal University and a B. Mus. in Jazz from Capilano University. In his spare time, you’ll find him in one of Vancouver’s many music stores looking to build his collection.
Christina Gaspar is a UBC Music and Theatre graduate. She currently performs world music, Portuguese Fado and children’s music under the banner of Gaspar Studios. Christina has been teaching for the past ten years, and focuses on early childhood or youth-at-risk arts programs. She endeavours to equip children and youth with the tools, resources and knowledge to exceed their goals, and develop a lifelong passion for music and the arts. www.gasparstudios.com.
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Justin Gorrie is a performer, composer and music educator within a vast array of musical mediums. As the son of a working musician and an essential member of the highly successful music program at Semiahmoo Secondary, he was exposed to life as a musician early on and began playing professionally at age 15. Justin has been a part of nearly a thousand live engagements over the last 13 years, ranging from weddings and corporate events to club and festival appearances with his current original music projects: Best Night Ever, Last Ark Out & Tiny Havoc.
While teaching, Justin aims to create a positive learning experience that motivates and inspires his students to achieve great things in music and beyond! Over the past 10 years Justin has helped his students successfully audition to post-secondary music programs at institutions including the University of Victoria, Capilano University, Kwantlen University, Concordia University, University of British Columbia & others. Justin is an avid proponent of music technology and is always keen to share his knowledge with both his students and peers.
Alison Jenkins has been a professional musician and theatre artist for the last twenty years. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alison specializes in writing and playing music for live theatre. She has worked as a composer, performer and music director for many professional theatre companies, including Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Axis Theatre, Studio 58 and UBC. She has also spent five summers working as a performer and musician in the gold rush town of Barkerville, interpreting historical songs and stories for visitors from all over the world. Alison brings her love of collaboration, improv and storytelling through music to SOM, working as a piano instructor, an assistant in the Spring Break Soundlab program, and an outreach assistant at MacDonald Elementary.
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The first child of University-educated music teachers, Mark Luongo's life was destined to be one immersed in music.
He began piano lessons at age 4 and continued through the completion of his Toronto Conservatory ARCT degree at 16. All the while he learned ukulele from his father Peter, Director of the world renowned Langley Ukulele Ensemble, and eventually joined the ensemble as its bassist at age 12.
Mark also honed his bass playing skills in high school jazz band and thanks to an appearance at the Kiwanis Festival was awarded a bursary by the Berklee College of Music.
After high school he enrolled at Vancouver's Nimbus School of Recording Arts where he learned the ins and outs of digital recording.
Armed with this knowledge he founded SoundEscape Studios, through which he met the members of his future bands Daniel Wesley, Goodbye Beatdown and PRTY H3RO.
During this time he also picked up the guitar, learned to play drum kit and learned to program electronic music in both Logic and Ableton.
To date Mark has co-written and released 5 albums of original music which have yielded a total of 9 singles that received regional to national radio play.
PRTY H3RO was signed by Sony Music Canada, a partnership that yielded 2 national Top 40 hits.
His current project, Kokaholla, released its debut single, "High With Me" in May of 2017 through a European dance label and is represented by the same Dutch management company as acclaimed electronic acts Sick Individuals and Stadium X.
Over the past eight years Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent touring engagements have led him to Mexico, Italy, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers and marimbists of those respective traditions. He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Tambura Rasa, and Mazacote and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Recent highlights include working with Juno Award winning artists Quique Escamilla, The Paperboys, Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Alpha Yaya Diallo, Celso Machado and Silk Road Music.
Equally at home on a festival stage or in a classroom, Robin strongly believes that the gift of music should be accessible to everyone. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the Britannia World Rhythms for Youth Society. He also recently started the Vancouver World Music Festival in 2015 with Tom Landa. In his spare time, Robin is working on his solo album featuring original compositions for marimba.
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Coming from a family who enjoys music, Dorothy Chung chose music as a career. At the age of seventeen, she received her ARCT with first class honors and started working as a piano teacher and accompanist. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Music from UBC with a minor in Child Psychology, she continued to study the many methods of teaching where she emphasizes the importance of musicianship in her classes. Dorothy runs a busy private studio in Burnaby offering music lessons for young children and adults in a variety of genres. Her students frequently appear in music festivals and competitions and have received high achievements in exams. She is a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teacher’s Association and continues to instill the joy of music into all her students.
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James Moore is a Vancouver based electronic producer who attended the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Nimbus School of Recording Arts where he earned diplomas in Advanced Music Engineering, Advanced Music Production, Live Audio and Post and Game Audio Production. After Nimbus, James' passion for music brought him back to the Sarah School as a teacher.
While James mostly makes EDM, he's also played in rock bands as a guitarist and a bassist. When he isn't teaching or making music, he is working as an independent recording engineer, live sound tech and post audio mixer. Always eager to expand and share his knowledge, james brings a lot of positivity to all the work he does.
Sasha has been a professional pianist, keyboard player, keyboard programmer, composer, arranger, and musical director for over 30 years. As well as teaching Piano at the School of Music, Sasha is also the accompanist for all of the School's choirs - Youth Choirs 1 & 2, Junior Choirs 1 & 2, and the Vocal Performance Ensemble.
As a performing musician, Sasha has worked all over the world, including 15 years working in professional Musical Theatre in Toronto, where his credits include productions for Livent Inc., Mirvish Productions, and the Shaw Festival; including Phantom Of The Opera, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, Sunset Blvd., Mamma Mia, and many other productions.
Since returning home to Vancouver in 2002, Sasha has worked on over 30 Musical Theatre productions for local professional theatre companies - as a Keyboard Player, Keyboard Programmer, and Musical Director.
In addition to his work with the Arts Club Theatre Company, Sasha can also be seen and heard playing with Chor Leoni Men's Choir, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His work as a Choral Arranger has been performed across North America.
Sasha received his Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and he has been a member of the faculty of the School of Music for the last 10 years.
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Shane Raman is a baritone who sings with the juno-nominated vocal ensemble, musica intima, and Cor Flammae. Shane conducts the Youth Choirs, the Vocal Ensemble and teaches private voice at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. He also conducts the Anvil Community Choir in New Westminster and regularly leads choral workshops with local choirs and other groups of singers and speakers.
After earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from The University of British Columbia, Shane has gone on to perform with musica intima, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Cor Flammae, Vancouver Opera, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Peace Choir and Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Shane is a composer/arranger/songwriter of choral, broadway and pop music. His pieces have been performed by Vancouver Cantata Singers, musica intima, Cor Flammae, Pro Coro Canada, Indiekör, McGill Choral Society Chamber Choir, and The University of New York at Oneonta Chamber Singers. UBC's University Singers and Vancouver Cantata Singers have recorded Shane's pieces.
More recently Shane has been singing small roles in new operas and vocal works, as well as performing in musicals and performing his own pop music.
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Katie is fascinated by the variety of sounds and colours possible by the many instruments of the percussion family. An active performer of symphonic and new music, she has performed in concerts presented by Music on Main, Vancouver New Music, Redshift Music Society, and the Canadian Music Centre, both as a freelance musician and with her chamber group the Ethos Collective, of which she is a founding member. Katie is the acting principal percussionist of the Okanagan Symphony and performs as an extra musician with the Vancouver Symphony. A dedicated educator, she also teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Langley Community Music School. Katie holds a Masters of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of British Columbia.
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Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator currently residing on unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver BC. Rup’s work meets at the intersection of social justice and the arts. For the past 15 years he has been growing his understanding of anti-oppression and empowerment work. He has created and led hundreds of programs and trainings with youth and adults around the globe.
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Heather has worked for countless years as a music teacher in schools in Nanaimo, North Vancouver and Vancouver. She has her ARCT in piano performance (Toronto, First Class) and a degree in Music Ed from the University of Victoria. Heather has led many school based choirs, bands and instrumental groups over the years and has written, produced & directed several musical reviews. In her spare time, she plays keyboard & sings with her pop/blues band, "The Filler-Maniacs!" She also plays flute in the West Vancouver Concert Band, and admits to leading a local Ukulele group--'The Kitsaleles'. Heather is absolutely thrilled to be working for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
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Andrea Unrau is a musician, educator and researcher with 12 years of teaching experience and a passion for bringing high quality arts education to children and adults of all ages. With a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and an Honours thesis on early musical development in children, Andrea spent 5 years working as a research coordinator with world-renowned music cognition expert Dr. Laurel Trainor at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. During this time, Andrea coordinated a large-scale research study looking at the perceptual, communicative and social effects of active musical participation in early childhood. This work was published in two scientific journals, received international press attention, and inspired Andrea to work on bringing these wide-ranging benefits of music participation to as many students as possible. Andrea is also an active keyboardist, collaborative pianist and vocalist, performing in groups ranging from Motown and rock bands to symphonic choirs and musical theatre orchestras. http://www.unlockingmusic.ca
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Erin Kay is multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter and recording artist with extensive touring experience, who resides in Edmonton. Alberta. Over the past 4 years she has been a part of many musical projects, including her own and has already made an indelible mark on the Western Canadian music scene. Initially trained in Royal Conservatory Piano, she is also trained in guitar and voice and brings a wide range of skills to the Sarah School of Music. Erin has also been a part of many songwriting and performance workshops over the past 6 years as a mentor with March Music, while teaching private piano, guitar and voice lessons from her home. When she is not teaching and performing in various musical projects, she is busy being a mom to her young daughter, which in part inspired her to become a certified Music Together Teacher, which she has taught for the past two years. Currently she is in studio recording her sophomore album while completing a four-month extensive artist development program with Project Wild (formerly Peak Performance). A huge part of Erin’s musical journey has been giving back to the community around her and she is so grateful to be able to continue to do this with the Sarah School of Music.
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Tyson Kerr is a stylistically diverse, award-winning composer, arranger, clinician, and multi-instrumentalist. He is involved in numerous projects; pianist/composer for WCMA-nominated jazz quintet The Writers' Guild, singer and music director for acclaimed vocal group 6 Minute Warning, organist for St. Paul's United Church, and accordionist and composer for his quirky improvising folk quartet, Myrtle's Turtle. Past and present collaborations include Christine Duncan, Brou-Lala, Martin Kerr, Grex, The Element Choir, Óran, the Don Berner Big Band, and Christian Mena/Jeff Hendrick. He is a graduate of the Banff School of Creative Music, University of Toronto Jazz Program, Grant MacEwan Music Program, and is completing a Master's degree in Social Work (University of Calgary). Tyson currently teaches through Grant MacEwan University Outreach and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
Justin Khuong is an Edmonton-based performing musician, composer, and teacher. He has twelve years combined experience providing musical instruction for individuals and facilitating groups, workshops, and classrooms. He was a self-taught musician for most of his life, and has been playing and performing for sixteen years. As a performer, he is most well-known for his acoustic guitar duo Bardic Form, who have been featured at hundreds of live music events and festivals, including the Edmonton Folk Festival, on Global Television, CKUA and CJSR radio. He also accompanies singer-songwriters and provides live music for restorative and yin yoga practices and meditations. He has earned a B.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta, and a Music Composition Diploma from Macewan University, and is currently in his second year working as a Teaching Artist with the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, where he delights in having the opportunity to inspire a sense of self-confidence, self-expression, and community with students. His personal and professional development practices are focused around intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships through the lens of communication and language, self-expression, and emotional intelligence.
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Sean Sonego, one of the most dynamic, active and soulful musicians in the Edmonton music scene is continually trying to engage in social justice and human rights work within our local community through music. Being the youngest musician to ever work at Edmonton's Dueling Piano Bar, the Red Piano, on a regular basis, opening the 2nd Annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival where he played alongside Trooper, April Wine, and Blue Oyster Cult, singing back up for Johnny Reid at Rexall Place, and having the opportunity to share the stage with world renowned musicians including William Joseph, Nathan East, Dean Parks, John JR Robinson, Matt De La Pola, Tommy Banks, and David Foster’s orchestra, Sean has developed a strong musical foundation within the local and national music industry, as he continues to incorporate elements of social justice within his musical performances however he can. Currently, Sean is active in regular community engagement with the iHuman Youth Society and The Edmonton Institution for Women. His debut EP, “In the Heart,” was created in support of the YMCA Welcome Village - an initiative that is a part of Edmonton’s 10 year plan to end homelessness, with proceeds from the EP going towards the project. Recently, Sean was selected as one of the Top 20 Under 30 for his continued community work.
With a BMus (Composition), Sean is thrilled to be joining the team at The Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Edmonton to help provide an anti-oppressive and safe space for people to get creatively active.
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Nathan Carroll has worked for over 15 years as a musician, songwriter and music director based in Edmonton. He has performed alongside many notable Edmonton acts - both on stage and in the studio - on guitar, pedal steel, keys and vocals. As a songwriter, Nathan has recorded 4 albums and continues to expand his songwriting interests in to other projects and collaborations. He spent many years giving direction to the arts in churches as well as directing some touring shows including “Going to Graceland”, a live performance of Paul Simon’s venerable masterpiece. He holds a bachelors degree in music, specializing in guitar and voice. In his off-time, he can often be found tinkering in his home recording studio, hanging with his 3 awesome kids and/or listening to records.
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Courtney grew up in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood and has been actively involved in the community through her volunteer work with children and young adults for about 6 years. A recent alumni of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Youth Choir, Courtney is greatly familiar with the programs at SoM and a wonderful ambassador for the school. She will soon be attending Langara College, with plans to study child and youth care, and is also looking to further develop her vocal talent on the side. Courtney is grateful for the opportunity to be working at SoM and already feels at home with the great staff and amazing students.
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Rob Appleton joined the team at the SoM in November 2013 with a mission to bring stability to the operations and to develop and implement a strategic plan with the Board of Directors. Rob enjoys listening to and experiencing music of all types and is delighted to be part of bringing this excitement into the lives of all those involved in the programs at SoM. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from UBC a Bachelor in Science from the University of Alberta. Rob has worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and most recently was the Executive Director of H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
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Chantal joined SoM full-time in June 2015 as the Director of Development. Her passion for improving the lives on young people has lead her to work through both private and non-profit sectors primarily gaining experience in the health care, human rights and client services fields. Chantal also has a background in relationship management, stakeholder engagement and event management. In her role at SoM, she will grow our donor base, engage donors in our work and provide our donors with a rich and rewarding philanthropic journey. She holds an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication from New York University, as well as a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from McGill University. Chantal is comfortable navigating different cultures and contexts and loves to travel, having lived, since childhood, in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Canada.
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Stephen joined SoM in September 2002, recognizing the great potential that Sarah’s vision for the school could have upon the future of music education. Over the years Stephen has become a rigorous champion of all things innovative at SoM, mentoring peer dialogue, forward looking teaching practice, inclusive administrative practice and modelling the community building values inherent in SoM’s motto ‘find your voice’. As Creative Director, Fisk stewards instructors and students alike in the artistic abundance that SoM’s culture affords to all. With his extensive background in liberal arts and all things musical, Stephen remains active as a professional performing artist, writer, producer and teacher of over 30 years. Fisk holds degrees in Arts, Composition and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. In addition to his work at SoM, Stephen teaches on faculty in the Contemporary & Jazz Guitar department at Vancouver Community College, mentoring up and coming professionals.
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Dorothy Mills joined the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in 2004, where she supports and works closely with the instructional team on a variety of administrative projects. Before joining the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Dorothy worked at the Tom Lee Music Academy overseeing a staff of over fifty instructors and managing the Yamaha Program as well as group and private lessons. She has extensive experience in the fields of administration and customer service and is fluent in Cantonese and English.
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Jen joined our team in July 2011. She was drawn to the School through a dual love of music and a desire to extend a hand to her community. Jen holds an Honours Degree from Kings College in Halifax Nova Scotia, where she studied political science and philosophy, and began her involvement with Students for Literacy, implementing volunteer programming across Halifax for underserved youth.
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Petra joined the Sarah McLachlan team in 2013. She graduated from UBC with a degree in Political Science and continued in the banking industry after graduation. After 12 years in that industry she left to pursue other interests. She has always been drawn to the nonprofit sector and has enjoyed working with the Zajac Ranch for Children, Easter Seals/The 24 Hour Relay, The BC Centre for Ability, as well as The Scotiabank Dance Centre.
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