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MISSION

Inspired by the pedagogical philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, Ottawa Suzuki Strings provides a learning environment for children that encourages and supports them in their pursuit of personal excellence, and that nurtures the development of their musical abilities and also their human spirit.

VISION

Ottawa Suzuki Strings is a music school characterized by a culture of innovation in training and development.  The school aspires to become widely recognized for the quality of its pedagogy, and for the achievements of its students and faculty.

Our school has an inclusive culture, where students are encouraged to strive for personal excellence.  We seek to create opportunities for all children, including those who face specific challenges.

In the practice of our teaching, and in our operations as a school, we will nurture strong parent-teacher-student relationships with close ties to the community.  We undertake to foster, recognize and appreciate the contributions and achievements of our members.  We will support our members’ development through an active program of individual and group study and performance.

ORGANIZATION

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Board of Directors

OSS Board members:

Bill Absi (Treasurer)
Ammar Gharbi
Meenakshi Gupta (Vice President)
Christy Harris
Elaine Howlett
Randi Karstad
Paul Keen
John Royle (President)
Francine Schutzmann (Secretary)

Advisory Board Member:

Elaine Klimasko (Artistic Director)

Letter from the President of OSS

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

August 16, 2019

Dear Parents, Teachers, and friends of Ottawa Suzuki Strings,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we hope you have all enjoyed your summer break, and are enthusiastically looking forward to the coming school year.

Over the summer OSS has organized several community events, including outreach activities at several public library branches, and the special music week at the Lowertown Community Centre during July, which was supported by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.  For those children who were able to take advantage of our Summer Camp during August, we hope they are energized to participate in our group-class programs starting in September. During May 2019, the Board filled the one vacant Board position, with the appointment of Christy Harris to our Board. Keep up-to-date with our school emails and website to find out when we will hold our Annual General Meeting, in the late fall 2019 on a Monday evening
during group-classes.

Our Board meetings will start again in early October. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns that the Board can help with. Meanwhile, we wish our children an enjoyable and successful year of music learning, playing, and listening.

Yours faithfully,
John Royle
President of the Board of Directors of Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Annual General Meeting 2018 Update 2

November 28, 2018

Dear Parents, Teachers, and friends of Ottawa Suzuki Strings,

Thank you for your participation at the recent Annual General Meeting, which was held at Woodroffe High School during group-classes on Monday, November 19, 2018. We have posted here draft minutes from that meeting, as well as the financial statements for the last fiscal year, which were formally approved at the meeting.

Thanks especially for those who were able to attend the meeting in person. There was lively discussion, and ideas brought up by parents which will require follow-through during the rest of this school year.

Kind regards,

John Royle
President of the Board of Directors of Ottawa Suzuki Strings

john.royle.1@gmail.com

  1. AGM_Financial_Review_2018
  2. AGM draft minutes Nov 19_2018

 

Annual General Meeting 2018 Update

November 21, 2018

Dear Parents, Teachers, and friends of Ottawa Suzuki Strings,

Thank you for your participation at the recent Annual General Meeting, which was held at Woodroffe High School during group-classes on Monday, November 20, 2018. We will post draft minutes from the meeting when they become available. In the meantime, we have posted here the financial statements for the last fiscal year, which were formally approved at the meeting.

Thanks especially for those who were able to attend the meeting in person. There was lively discussion, and ideas brought up by parents which will require follow-through during the rest of this school year.

Kind regards,

John Royle
President of the Board of Directors of Ottawa Suzuki Strings

john.royle.1@gmail.com

  1. AGM_Financial_Review_2018

Annual General Meeting 2018 Invite

Dear OSS Parents, Teachers, and friends of Ottawa Suzuki Strings,

I am happy to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Ottawa Suzuki Strings, which will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018, at 7pm in the cafeteria at Woodroffe High School.

We need your participation at this meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please fill in a Proxy Ballot, and give it to the school, either to the duty officer, or else Deanne or Judy, prior to the meeting. There will also be a table outside the cafeteria where you can leave your Proxy Ballot just prior to the meeting.

At this meeting we will present the Financial Report for the previous fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018, prepared by our accounting firm, OHCD. We will also elect the Board members for the coming year.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact me (contact information below). See the Meeting Agenda, and the Minutes to last year’s Annual General Meeting.

The Proxy Ballot form, the Financial Report, Meeting Agenda, and Minutes from last year are all available below.

As usual, after the meeting adjournment, there will be time to answer any questions you have about Board-related topics regarding Ottawa Suzuki Strings. I look forward to meeting you,

Yours truly,

John Royle
President, Ottawa Suzuki Strings
john.royle.1@gmail.com
613-233-6345

  1. AGM minutes Nov13_2017
  2. AGM_Agenda_Nov19_2018_v1
  3. AGM_Financial_Review_2018
  4. AGM_Proxy_Ballot_Nov19_2018


Last AGM - 2017

Dear OSS Parents, Teachers, and other Corporation Members,

The Annual General Meeting of Ottawa Suzuki Strings was held on Monday, November 13, 2017. Thank you to those of you who attended and participated at the meeting, as well as to those who completed Proxy forms.

See below for some of the information about the meeting, including a draft copy of the Meeting Minutes, and the Financial Report for the previous fiscal year, which was approved at the meeting.

Yours truly,

John Royle
President, Ottawa Suzuki Strings

john.royle.1@gmail.com
613-233-6345

Links to 2017 documents:

  1. DRAFT AGM minutes Nov 13, 2017
  2. AGM Financial Report 2017