Governor General’s Medal Recipient to head the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning

Ms. Angela Elster has been recruited to serve as Executive Director of CNAL following three decades of leadership in the field of Arts and Learning, most recently as Senior Vice President of The Royal Conservatory of Music where she created and implemented Learning Through the Arts among other successful RCM initiatives. On June 23rd Ms. Elster was awarded one of Canada’s highest honors – the Meritorious Service Medal from the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Meritorious Service decoration recognizes outstanding accomplishments that set an example for others to follow and bring benefit to our country.

Says Ms. Elster “It’s an exciting time to move the Network’s agenda forward and an honour to receive this award. Never before has the world needed innovative solutions to complex problems more than now, and the vital contributions that arts and learning makes as pathways to these solutions. Not only do the arts promote a just and ethical society and advance the development of our highest human potential – it is a key economic driver in the times in which we live.”

CNAL Board Chair, Larry O’Farrell, welcomed Ms. Elster to her new appointment, commenting, “The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning is fortunate, indeed, to be able to benefit from the demonstrated expertise, experience, ingenuity and commitment of one of Canada’s preeminent art and learning executives.  We will look to Angela to lead us toward a higher level of engagement with the field through the mapping project and our pan-Canadian activities.”

With a vision to foster educational transformation which achieves social, and cultural objectives the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning celebrates 10 years of dedication to arts and learning. We are the voice for arts and learning in Canada. The Network is currently based at the Faculty of Education, Queen's University, also the home of the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning.

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