A special message from Ms. Tina
Spring and Change in the Air!
I hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy and feeling hopeful with spring in the air. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news with you!
Our Board Chair, Mark Sutcliffe and I are delighted to announce the expansion of OrKidstra’s leadership team to add the position of Executive Director. To build on our long history of success and fulfill the carefully established strategic plan, OrKidstra will be creating a new leadership model with two critical roles: Executive Director and Artistic Director. As a result of this expansion, over the next year, I will transition from leading every area of the organization to being a full-time Artistic Director, while the new Executive Director will assume responsibilities for operations.
I am honoured and chuffed to share Mark’s quote from the official press release: “As a long-time fan of OrKidstra, and in the short time I’ve been Board Chair, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary impact Tina has had on our community. She is an exceptional person and a terrific leader who has been carrying the dual responsibilities of artistic and organizational leadership for many years. This is a great opportunity to add to our strong team, bring on an experienced executive director who can focus on fulfilling our strategic plan, and allow Tina to focus on what she loves most: the kids.”
It is my absolute honour and privilege to have led OrKidstra since 2007. Along with Co-Founders Gary McMillen and Margaret Maria Tobolowska, we could not have imagined how our idea, passion, and determination would evolve into what OrKidstra is today. It has been a wondrous journey, and seeing the profound impact of the program on countless young people continues to be my ‘raison d’être.’ With the kids and our growth at the heart of my decision, I shared my intention with the Board and the team to step away from the executive side so I could focus my time, love and creative energy on the kids and the program. Throughout the unique challenges of this past year, we have been diligently working ‘backstage’ to prepare for the transition. We now feel ready to welcome the right person into the role of Executive Director, helping us build our long-term capacity as we set the stage for reaching many more children and youth. I am so looking forward to this expanded future!
My heartfelt thanks and love go to OrKidstra’s extraordinary team and Board for bringing us to this significant point in OrKidstra’s story. It has truly taken a village (or, in our case, the best capital city in the world!) to raise and build OrKidstra. So many thanks go to you, our generous and beautiful OrKidstra community, for ‘playing your part.’ Thank you for helping empower our kids and build our communities through music today and every day.
With love, courage, and excellence, here’s to celebrating the past, present, and future 💜
Tina Fedeski, MSM
CEO & Artistic Director, OrKidstra
P.S. The search for the new Executive Director has begun! Please visit Keynote Search’s website here to learn more.
P.P.S. Thank you again for your support for OrKidstra! Please click here to read the full release on our website.