The Westwinds Executive Board is an elected body that operates and administers the affairs of the Society.
The Executive holds regular monthly meetings, as well as the Annual General Meeting in October and Special Meetings and Planning Sessions throughout the year. The Executive is re-elected every year in April with the new Executive memebers taking over their positions in June of the same year. The Executive Board consists of 5 Voting Members, 4 of which are elected on an Annual Basis: President, Vice-President, Treasurer & Secretary.
Additonal support comes from the Executive Committee, which is appointed by the Executive Board.
Group Representatives make up the remainder of the Westwinds structure and include Group Managers, Group Assistant Managers (where applicable) and Group Librarians.
Westwinds Organizational Structure [Organizational Structure]
President - Bruce Robin (Joined 2005)
Vice-President & Social Media Coordinator - Stephanie McNeil (Joined )
Treasurer - Eric Chin (Joined 2016)
Secretary - P-J Harder (Joined 2003, returned 2015)
Artistic Director - Kevin Willms (Joined 1993)
Kevin Willms was born and raised in Calgary. In June of 2018, he “graduated” after teaching instrumental and choral music for the Calgary Board of Education last 31 years. During this time, Aberhart High School. His ensembles consistently performed at “Superior” levels and have received much recognition for their outstanding performances at local and international music festivals. His ensembles commissioned several new works for wind band and jazz ensemble and performed across Canada and the USA as well as in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, China and Cuba.
Mr. Willms has been the Artistic Director of the Westwinds Music Society for 22 years. Westwinds is an adult community music organization dedicated to providing exceptional music education to adults of all levels of experience.
The Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education, recognized internationally as CADME was formed in 2003 with Mr. Willms as its founding President. He continues to serve in this role. CADME is a not-for-profit charity born from the vision of dedicated music educators committed to enhancing and expanding music education for all students in the Calgary region. www.cadme.ca
Mr. Willms is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Elkhorn Award” from the Alberta Band Association, “David Peterkin Memorial Award” from Phi Beta Mu, Pan Canadian Students Choice Award, Excellence in Teaching Award and the Tommy Banks Award, recognizing his long-term contribution to music education in Alberta. He was named “Educator of the Year” by the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation. In December, 2017, Mr. Willms was inducted as Laureate to the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honour.
Mentorship and contributing to the broader development of music education has always been an important priority. Mr. Willms is very proud to be a Senior Advisor with “Music Mentors International”. This unique organization specializes in providing music educators with intensive workshops in rehearsal techniques as well as pedagogical concepts designed to assist teachers in building the best ensembles and musical communities possible. www.mmiachieve.com
Executive Assistant - Tina Holgate
Tina is happy to add “Executive Assistant” to her roles with Westwinds Music Society. She joined the flute section of what was then Gold Band sometime around 1995. After a few years, she turned around and decided that the back row looked like fun, so she joined the percussion section of what is now Silver Concert Band. Besides running around back there, she has been Group Manager, Secretary, Vice President, Emcee, and also served on two Anniversary Committees. At one point she even sat in a mall in front of a sign that said, “Westwinds – come and blow your horn!” Yes, really. Tina looks forward to helping out with the continued fun and success of Westwinds Music Society.
Web Coordinator - Tik Tycholaz (Joined 2001)
Tik has been a Westwinds member since 2001 and is currently tasked with maintaining Westwinds' online presence.
Tik is currently a member of the Mixed Choir (Tenor). Tik has served as the Secretary for the Executive, been a member of the 20th Anniversary Committee, was Co-Chair of the 25th Anniversary Committee, a member of the 30th Anniversary Committee, and has volunteered at numerous events.
Tik participated in 2013's China Tour and performed in both the China Concert Band and China Choir. Tik participated in both the Band and Choir again for the Eastern Europe 2015 Tour.
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