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)
My name is Bruce Robin and I’m the current President of Westwinds. I joined Westwinds in 2005, after playing for several years in a music society in Cochrane, where I live, and deciding I needed more musical challenge. While watching the Westwinds web site for audition material changes, I saw a posting for the drum chair in a jazz band that was to be touring Cuba in the summer of 2005. I applied, auditioned, got the chair, and I’ve been active in Westwinds ever since.
This year, I’ll start my tenth year with Westwinds Music Society. The primary reason I keep coming back is the music. I play in an advanced (“Gold”) jazz band, and I sing in the Choral Ensemble, Westwinds’ auditioned mixed-voice choir, and I love both. Westwinds provides challenging repertoire, strong friendships with fellow musicians, great performance opportunities, and occasional travel abroad on unforgettable international tours.
Finally, my father taught me never to be “a little bit involved” in something. He is a great believer in getting out of an organization what you’re willing to put into it. In that light, I also value highly my service on the Executive of Westwinds. I’m currently in my seventh year on the Board, and this service deepens my commitment to the organization, and the enjoyment I receive from it.
I can’t imagine what my life would look like without Westwinds, and I’m certain I wouldn’t be enjoying it as much.
Vice-President - Nancy Bergmann-Forbes (Joined 2007)
Nancy joined Westwinds during our 2007/2008 season and has been an active part of the organization ever since. Nancy has been a member of our Silver Concert Band where she has played both the flute and the piccolo. After taking a year off to adjust to motherhood, she returned to Westwinds and joined the Mixed Choir. Nancy volunteered as the Group Manager for the Mixed Choir prior to joining the Executive.
Nancy has participated in our 2008 Germany tour and was a part of the team that proposed the successful Spain tour that took place in the summer of 2010.
A lifelong resident of Calgary, Nancy has always had a deep love of music. In her youth she was a member of both the Calgary Roundup Band and the award winning Calgary Stetsons Show Band, as well as played in the Lord Beaverbrook Senior Concert Band. She has always been a music lover, taking piano lessons, singing in children's choirs and even playing the hand bells. Music runs in her roots and she hopes that her son will also share her fondness for music.
Treasurer - Susan Ruf (Joined 2011)
Secretary - P-J Harder (Joined)
Artistic Director - Kevin Willms (Joined 1993)
Kevin Willms has been a director for the Westwinds Music Society since 1993. Originally responsible for starting the choral program, he currently directs the “Wednesday Gold Jazz Band”. He has been Artistic Director for Westwinds for the past ten years.
Mr. Willms has also been teaching instrumental and choral music in Calgary for the past 23 years. He is currently teaching music at William Aberhart High School. Prior to this, he taught at Ernest Manning High School for fifteen years and Robert Warren Junior High for 6 years. His bands and choirs consistently perform at “Superior” levels and have received much recognition for their outstanding performances at local, national and international festivals.
In addition to his duties at William Aberhart and with Westwinds, Mr. Willms is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator. He is the founding president of the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education and past chairman of the Alberta International Band Festival. He has been nominated on numerous occasions for both the “Pan Canadian Students Choice Awards” and the “Alberta Excellence in Teaching Awards”. He is a member of the Alberta Band Association (ABA), Alberta Choral Federation (ACF) and Phi Beta Mu. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious “Tommy Banks Award” by Premier Ralph Klein. In October 2006, Kevin was awarded the “Elkhorn Award” by the Alberta Band Association as “Band Director of the Year”
Kevin lives in NW Calgary with his wife Marieta and sons Bradon and Justin, with whom he enjoys numerous activities including soccer and karate (vicariously through the boys) as well as fishing.
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' web 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.
Social Media Coordinator - Saskia Aukes (Joined)
Volunteer Coordinator - Cary Rodin (Joined 2016)
Promotion Coordinator - Albert Louie (Joined)