Anne Taylor Summer Program

Anne Taylor, a cherished member of OrKidstra’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013, passed away in summer 2014.

Anne Taylor

Anne Taylor, OrKidstra (then The Leading Note Foundation) Director from 2010 to 2013

OrKidstra and Anne’s family have created the Anne Taylor Summer Program in memory of this extraordinary person, to support activities that were important to Anne: music, community service and an appreciation for the outdoors. The fund will allow senior OrKidstra students to benefit from individual lessons and ensemble rehearsals throughout July and August, to be given opportunities to strengthen their role in the community by participating in community events, and to enjoy outdoor recreational and sporting activities during the summer months.

Anne Taylor was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, completed undergraduate studies at Bishop’s University and the University of Sussex, then went on to teach school in Montreal and at the Dene Tha’ First Nation community of Habay in northwestern Alberta.

In the mid-70s, Anne was hired on contract by the National Film Board to research and write a book that would suggest innovative ways for kids to use media. The success of the resulting book, HANDS ON, led to a permanent position with the NFB in marketing to the educational sector. Anne was instrumental in putting an extraordinary number of NFB films and videos into Canadian classrooms and in giving educators the tools they needed for using those films and videos effectively.

In the early 90s, her husband Mark’s work with CIDA took the family to Pakistan, where Anne taught English and became the Coordinator for CIDA’s in-country orientation program.

Upon her return to Canada in the mid-90s, Anne founded and co-directed the Media Awareness Network, an online clearinghouse for media literacy resources that addressed the emerging need for media and web literacy. Now known as MediaSmarts, it continues to garner awards from around the world, to inform and drive policymakers, and to provide an array of resources on a wide range of socially relevant topics.

An accomplished whitewater canoeist, Anne spent many summers exploring Canada’s wild rivers with Mark, their sons Phillip and Tim, and many friends. She had a rapturous appreciation of music, attended many concerts and volunteered at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Anne discovered The Leading Note Foundation (now OrKidstra) and its OrKidstra program in 2010. It was a perfect match for Anne, combining her abiding fascination with children and their education with her love of music. She served on the board of The Leading Note Foundation (now OrKidstra) as Chair of the Communications Committee, bringing her wisdom, compassion, generosity, and sense of humour. She is truly missed by her colleagues at OrKidstra.

To learn more about how to donate to the Anne Taylor Summer Program or to learn more about Anne, please call the OrKidstra office at 613-859-3559 or email and speak with Carrie Olivo, General Manager.