Dale Donaldson grew up on a farm near London, Ontario, and spent his early years playing sports and enjoying life near hill and stream. After graduating from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology with a diploma in Ag Business, Dale started his own business in agriculture.
Dale and his wife Marianne have three daughters, one of whom has completed exams from Grade 6 through to Grade 10 with CNCM. Dale is involved in several community organizations and has a special interest in the entrepreneurial aspect of business and organizational development. He is the President of Everspring Farms Ltd., an integrated farm business specializing in production and processing of waterfowl and functional food products.
Dale Connell runs Connell Farms Inc., an independent seed retailer located near Palmerston, Ontario and is active in his local community. He studied piano with Debra Wanless.
Margaret Kreller has two daughters participate in the Music for Young Children program and take lessons with CNCM teacher Norine Broomhead. She also fundraises for the band program at Normanby Community School and believes music is important for young children. She takes minutes for the board.
Daphne Rappard was born in Holland and was well on her way to becoming a good recorder player when she moved to Canada at age nine. Recorders were not considered a serious instrument then, so she switched to violin, winning the RCM silver medal in her first year. She has been making music ever since. She has played in a number of orchestras, and has enjoyed singing in different choirs, as well as finally getting back to playing the recorder.
In real life she is a chiropractor and naturopath in Mount Forest, Ontario where she and her husband are involved in many community organizations, mostly involving either the arts or the environment. Among many other commitments, she is co-chair of the Mount Forest & District Arts Council with Norine Broomhead, which indirectly led to the request to be on the CNCM Board. She is looking forward to being involved with such a vibrant and worthwhile organization.
Past Board Members
Margaret Livermore was raised on a dairy farm in Huron County, Ontario. She received training at Stratford Teachers’ College and taught elementary school for three years. Marg studied voice and has successfully coached several students to being awarded Silver Medals for examinations with Royal Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada. She took the Teacher Development Courses with Western Board of Music and has been an associate member of the Hanover/Walkerton ORMTA for many years. Marg is the choir director and organist of her local church and is proud to be a Board member of Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music. She currently resides in Fordwich, Ontario.
In Memory of John Loweth
September 3, 1940 – April 1, 2009
John Anthony Loweth was born in England but lived his entire adult life in Canada. His career in the music industry ranged from selling records in Northern Ontario to working as an on air DJ for CHNO radio in Sudbury (1963 to 1968) and CFGM Country in Toronto. In 1979, John created his own music publishing company, Mayfair Music Publications. Mayfair's first publication, Music Box Dancer by fellow Canadian, Frank Mills, was a huge success and allowed John to build the company into one of Canada's largest music publishing houses.
John worked tirelessly building Mayfair into a publishing company which specialized in educational music. In 2002, Mayfair acquired the Montgomery Music Company and the home of the Leila Fletcher Piano Method series. The Waterloo Music Publishing catalogue was added in 2007, as well as Julyn Music Publications.
John’s passion was to provide the Canadian composer with a voice and to offer appealing, educational and solo material for young and growing musicians.
As a visionary, John Loweth became the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music. He worked passionately to promote this new and exciting conservatory.
John Loweth is greatly missed by Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory Music and a memorial fund has been established in his name for student scholarship.
If you would like to make a donation to the John Loweth Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory Music scholarship fund, please contact us 1-866-889=8807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.