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Our Team

Patricia Valenteyn
Managing Director

Patricia Valenteyn

Patricia Valenteyn is an arts and learning specialist with more than fifteen years of experience managing national and international initiatives.  She has been involved in a wide range of roles including accounting, artist certification coordination, national program management, project development, fundraising and stewardship.  Patricia comes to the Coalition at a time where her broad range...
Ashley Boychuk
Program Coordinator

Ashley Boychuk

A performer, educator, developer and administrator, Ashley Boychuk has a passion for the arts community. A classical trained soprano with a positive attitude and enthusiastic approach, Ashley has several years of experience singing throughout Europe and North America as a young artist, as well as having received numerous scholarships and awards from prestigious organizations. Ashley...
Sabrina Moella
Communications Coordinator

Sabrina Moella

With a strong passion for music and as a multidisciplinary artist herself, Sabrina Moella believes in the transformative power of the arts. She has collaborated with many Ontario-based musicians as a music video director, editor and arts consultant. She has also volunteered for and sat on the boards of many arts-centered organizations such as the...
Aimée Rochard
Graphic Designer

Aimée Rochard

With a dynamic design style that is bold, image-heavy, colourful and layered, Aimée’s work stands out and her attention to detail is evident. Her designs have a uniformity and a quality that only years of industry experience can help create. Aimée has been fortunate to work with design agencies such as MAAIINGAN Productionsand The Adlib Group, as...

Board of Directors

Eric Favaro

Chair of the Board
Eric Favaro is respected nationally and internationally as an innovator and advocate for effective programs in Music and Arts Education. Trained as a music educator, Eric taught instrumental and classroom music in Calgary and in Cape Breton. He served as Arts Education Consultant with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, and later as Arts Education...

Robert Barg

VIce-Chair, Treasurer
Rob began his career with Yamaha in 1971 in Winnipeg. He distinguished himself as Yamaha’s first Guitar teacher in Canada, and worked as well in retail sales. He taught the pilot Yamaha Classroom Guitar course “Get into Guitar” that was developed by Lee Bartel as part of his Masters Degree. Teaching in both the Yamaha...

Mark Reid

Secretary
As a relatively young member of the music education community, Mr. Reid’s accomplishments are already quite impressive and one cannot help but think that he is destined to be the catalyst of several success stories of the future. As a post-secondary student at the University of Victoria, he helped to develop the Student Music Educators...

David Peretz-­Larochelle

David Peretz­‐Larochelle is a 2015 graduate of the Music Education Concurrent Program at McGill University. He was granted the Quebec’s Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal for his academic and community involvement. David is an active music educator in high school and community settings. He is an instrumental music teacher at Collège Jean‐Eudes, a private school in...

Kirsten Maclaine

Kirsten Maclaine enjoys teaching Elementary Music (K-Gr. 5), Instrumental Music (Gr. 6-9) and T.R.A.P (The Rhythmic Arts Project) at Gulf Shore Consolidated School in North Rustico on the beautiful north shore of Prince Edward Island.  Raised in Toronto, Ontario, Kirsten packed up her trumpet and travelled east to the University of Prince Edward Island where...

Scott Morin

Scott Morin is a veteran in the Canadian Music Business, having run the day-to-day marketing, sales and A&R for Universal Music’s Classics and Jazz Division for nearly a decade.  He is also a respected artist with nearly 20 years as a professional jazz saxophonist who has successfully bridged the language of music and marketing to...

Sarah Veber

Currently a Loran scholar at the University of Ottawa, Sarah is pursuing a BMus in Harp performance paired with science studies. She believes in the potential to empower individuals through music and influence youth development. As a harpist, Sarah enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Memorial University Chamber Orchestra among other...

Helen Coker

Helen Coker is the current president of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’association canadiennes des musiciens educateurs, and in that capacity she joins our Board. Previously she was the Director for Member Engagement on the CMEA board. A native of Woodstock Ontario, Helen is a long-time member of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, serving in several...

Angela Elster

Ms. Elster is one of Canada’s preeminent music and arts executives. Following three decades of leadership, most recently as Senior Vice President of The Royal Conservatory where she launched ‘Learning Through the Arts’ in addition to many other successful initiatives, she now leads the ‘Canadian Network for Arts and Learning’ and sits on several national...