Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!  It's that time where the promise of a new, untouched year has us giddy with excitement.  The possibilities are endless and the slate is the cleanest it will be.  We look back at the past year and reflect and learn from our mistakes, our trials and our tribulations.  At the College we are beyond excited at the coming year and looking back, we can't believe what was accomplished in one year.  We couldn't have done it without our students, our volunteers, the community, the province and YOU!  Thank you for such a fabulous year and here is to looking forward, moving ahead and marching, stepping and dancing our way to another great year.

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts ended the year with some great publicity. We were featured twice in newspaper on on-line articles.  While it's a well known fact that the College went through a pretty tumultuous time after Founding Director, Scott MacAulay passed away, the College is now turning a corner and we are now headed in the right direction under our extraordinary Executive Director, Karen Hatcher.  Without Karen, the College wouldn't be on the mend and on the road to recovery.  Thank you Karen for all of your hard work, dedication, patience, guidance, support and your love of everything Celtic arts.  We could have not have done this without you!  To read the article in the Journal Pioneer, please follow this link: http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2012-12-23/article-3146500/Rolling-out-the-welcome-mat/1.  To read the CBC article, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/01/03/pei-college-piping-funding-584.html?cmp=rss.  

We couldn't agree more with the Fraser Institute's latest findings.  According to them, Islanders continue to be among the most generous in the country.  Canada's smallest province proves to have one of the biggest hearts.  PEI ranks second (we tied for second with Saskatchewan) behind Manitoba for charitable giving.  As a non profit organization, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts relies heavily on the generosity of others. It comes as no surprise to us that the province ranks among the top.  The one thing that the poll doesn't take into account is the generosity of time.  We have so many volunteers who donate their time to the College without a mutter or complaint.  Without our countless volunteers this past year, we couldn't have conquered half of what we did. To read more about this, please follow this link:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/12/13/pei-charitable-donations.html.