Annual Report & Financials

Message from the Chair, Board of Directors:


The past year has been one of consolidation and preparation. We have strengthened internal governance and policies, and increased our outreach efforts to the community all the while ensuring that programming for the children maintains its high standard. Tina Fedeski, the Office Staff and teachers have been key to maintaining the balance and continue to make OrKidstra a leading light in Sistema-inspired programs worldwide.

In the Spring, we legally confirmed our name as OrKidstra. Although ‘The Leading Note Foundation’ served us well in the early years, the clever OrKidstra name had become what people knew us to be. Hence we find that the name change has strengthened our recognition in the community and it certainly makes life simpler.

A second major decision was taken late in the 2015-2016 year. Following many hours and days of work by the Strategic Planning Working Group (spearheaded by Craig MacDonald), Tina and Staff, the Board decided OrKidstra was ready financially and pedagogically to establish a second hub, serving the Vanier area of Ottawa. Classes will start in the Fall and early indications from community leaders, schools and parents in the area are that this new hub will follow in the successful path of the Bronson Centre.

OrKidstra is a dynamic organization and there are always new challenges on the horizon. In the coming year, we look forward to expanding into Vanier, to consolidating our Bronson Centre programming and also to celebrating what will be our Tenth Anniversary year. With the generous support of donors and sponsors who tread the path alongside us, we are turning our tag line into reality: empower kids…build community.

– Claire Marshall, Chair, Board of Directors 2015-16

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