Roxanne Ricard, trustee for Prince George School District 57, has won the 2008 Leadership in Music Education Award from the Coalition for Music in Education in BC (CME). She received the award as a recognition of her many years of support for music education in the district’s schools.
The award is given annually to an individual who has helped to support and build music programs in B.C.’s schools. Ricard was nominated by Gerda Blok-Wilson, a Fine Arts resource teacher for District 57.
“Roxanne has had a huge impact on rebuilding music education in Prince George, working with both principals and board office administrators. She was instrumental in reestablishing and supporting a board office Fine Arts position with a focus on music development in all schools,” said Blok-Wilson in her nomination letter.
“She frequently attends music events at schools and speaks publicly about the importance of music education for students.”
The CME’s Norman Mould said Ricard exemplifies the approach to music in schools that should be general across Canada.
“We believe that a well-rounded education is based on the three As Academics, Athletics and the Arts. Studies have shown that being part of a music program helps children develop useful skills beyond the music itself. Memberships in a band, orchestra or choir teaches kids self-discipline and the ability to work co-operatively in groups; it also raises their self-esteem and encourages creativity and innovation. Employers are increasingly looking for people with these qualities. Besides, performing music is fun, it gives students a reason to stay in school.”
The CME is a registered, non-profit society made up of parents, educators and business people from varying walks of life whose mission is to protect and promote public school music education in British Columbia. Visit www.bcmusiccoalition.org for more information.