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What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Nominations being accepted for Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award

Rainbow District School Board is currently accepting nominations for the Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award. The award honours Joan Mantle’s positive impact on music and music education within Rainbow District School Board and the broader community.

If you know someone who shares Joan Mantle’s passion for music education for all ages, has had a positive impact on music in the community, promotes lifelong music education and serves as an inspiration to others through their musical contributions and accomplishments in the community, consider nominating them for the Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award.

Individuals or organizations from the community served by the Board who have had a significant impact on music and/or music education at the elementary, secondary, postsecondary and/or community levels are eligible.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 15, 2016.

For more information, including a nomination form, visit and click on “community”. The award will be presented at the International Dinner in support of the Trust on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6 pm at the ParkSide Centre in Sudbury.

Sylvia Carscadden, founder and director of the Kampana Bells, was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2014. She said music teachers don’t always realize the tremendous impact they have on a person’s life. “Music teachers provided experiences and opportunities that formed my appreciation of quality and the discipline of excellence. But most importantly, they made an extra effort to share what they loved. It has had a lasting impact on my life and I am truly honoured to receive this wonderful award.”

Long-time educator and musical performer Peter Schneider was selected as the (posthumous) recipient of the 2015 Award. Carolyn Otto, a member of the Sudbury Secondary School Music Department, had the pleasure of working with Peter Schneider in various community bands for more than 25 years. She witnessed the positive impact he had on individual musicians and the cultural vitality of the City of Greater Sudbury. “Peter was the consummate music educator. He was a font of music trivia and an endless source of background information about the music contained in the many books he painstakingly arranged for his various groups. He happily shared this knowledge with his fellow musicians and audiences alike.”

About the Trust

The Joan Mantle Music Trust was established in 2008 to pay tribute to a long-time educator who made an immense contribution to music education at the local, provincial and national levels. Joan Mantle passed away on June 9, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Joan Mantle Music Trust allocates funds to school music programs in Rainbow District School Board on a rotating basis. The Trust also accepts the donation of new and used musical instruments and allocates them to schools in need. This ensures that there is an ongoing improvement in the condition of musical equipment throughout the Board, allowing for students to achieve more in their musical studies together.

About the International Dinner

Rainbow District School Board will host the fifth International Dinner and Silent Auction in support of the Joan Mantle Music Trust on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6 pm at the ParkSide Older Adult Centre, 140 Durham Street, in Sudbury. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new instruments in Rainbow Schools.

Tickets are $50 per person (with a $30 tax receipt provided upon request) and tables of eight are $400 (with a $240 tax receipt provided upon request). Tickets can be purchased at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, 170 Shaughnessy Street, 705-674-8381. Tickets are also available at area Rainbow secondary schools or by contacting Emily Caruso Parnell at 705-523-3308, ext. 8217, email [email protected].

The menu will feature a wide variety of foods including dishes from Italy, Finland, Greece, India, France and Mexico. Musical entertainment will showcase talented students from Rainbow secondary schools.


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,

Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,

Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.