Board of Directors

Gregg Bereznick

Chair
Gregg Bereznick has served public education for over 30 years as a Superintendent of Education, Principal, Vice-principal, Arts Consultant, and Instrumental Music Teacher. He is Past President of both the Canadian Music Educators’ Association and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, past Editor of “The Recorder” and contributor to Ministry of Education publications as well as to various professional journals. He currently is an instructor at the Faculty of Education at Western University.

Patricia Frehlich

Past-Chair

Patricia Frehlich pursues an extensive and versatile career as a musician and has built a solid reputation as a sensitive and accomplished teacher.

As an independent music teacher, she works successfully with all levels and ages of students. Known as an inspiring educator who fosters keenness and curiosity in her students, her students frequently win awards, scholarships and medals by consistently achieving high results in examinations and have been accepted into post-secondary institutions for further studies.

Patricia is currently an examiner for Conservatory Canada, has participated in teacher training in China and is the Chair of the College of Examiners for USMCE (United States Certification Exams). As a conference presenter, she has presented on a variety of subjects at provincial, national and international conferences, including the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations(CFMTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the International Society of Music Educators(ISME).

Ms. Frehlich has had articles published in the Canadian Music Teacher, American Music Teacher, Merge Magazine and The Canadian Family. As member of the CFMTA since 1995, she has continually served in numerous capacities, including national president and is currently chair of Professional Development and Research, and Public Relations. Patricia is recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in the USA and has co-chaired two of MTNA/ CFMTA international conferences; the first in 2007 and more recently in 2017.

In 1999 she founded Keyboards for Kids in Edmonton, a music program for at risk children in inner city schools, taught by qualified music teacher volunteers. This program, which continues today, has provided hundreds of children with free piano lessons over the past 18 years and has since expanded to two others centers in Alberta under her guidance.

Ms. Frehlich has received numerous awards for her contributions to music education in the province of Alberta and throughout Canada, including recognition awards from ARMTA, AMEF and the Royal Conservatory, and the prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award from the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations.

Joan Woodrow

Joan Woodrow obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University and went on to further her studies at Ithaca College, New York, University of Wisconsin, as well as Queen’s University, Kingston. Mrs. Woodrow has won numerous awards and scholarships, and was a frequent winner in both piano and cello at the Kiwanis Music Festivals. She also holds two Music Exhibitioner Awards from Trinity College of Music, London, England for the highest marks in Canada in Pianoforte playing. Mrs. Woodrow is also the chairperson of the advisory board for the St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival, and is the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Advisor for the National Music Festival. She is an active adjudicator, having adjudicated extensively in Canada from coast to coast. Joan is also an examiner for Conservatory Canada.

Catherine Gardner

Catherine Gardner is Senior Director, Corporate Training & Development, Human Resources, CIBC. She is an experienced senior business leader with a progressive 30+ years financial services experience who has specialized in operations management, leadership & strategic planning, marketing communications, training & team development and information technology. Catherine brings strong business change & people leadership, relationship building, project and general management skills coupled with a passion for music and the arts; she is involved with community theatre and has been an avid ‘vocal’ student for a number of years.

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson completed a Cross-Discipline BA with a business major at King’s College, London, ON. He has completed several Microsoft Certifications. In the summer of 2000 Mark started his own computer consulting and service company called FULL Nelson Computer Services. The company assists organizations with the design and implementation of new policies, investigation and selection of relevant products, and at times informs and educates members of the Boards and Committees. Ongoing he is the liaison with third parties who supply software, hardware, or both, that integrate at a client’s site.

Leslie Youngson

Leslie Youngson is a retired Music For Young Children instructor and private piano teacher who resides in Ottawa, Ontario.  She received her A.R.C.T in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering with a minor in Management Science from the University of Waterloo.   Leslie’s 30 + year information technology career has spanned a range of not for profit associations, mid-large size businesses, as well as government, and has focussed on business system and web-based applications including education portals and Customer Relationship Management systems.  She has been involved with various community activities and combines creative “out of the box” thinking with an analytic approach to problem solving and strategic thinking to help organizations achieve their objectives.