President and International Director
Olivia Riddell BA, MYCC, RMT, was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She is the President and International Director of Music for Young Children, and is the past Chairman of the Board of Conservatory Canada. Olivia began her music studies in Sunshine™ 1. Her private music/piano teachers have been Frances Balodis, Jiri Hlavacek in Ottawa, Ontario, and John Perry in Victoria, British Columbia. Olivia studied piano at St. Thomas University, Minnesota with Jim Callahan, with Antonin Kubalek at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario and with Douglas Voice at Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario. Olivia studied voice with Judy Ritchie in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and with Vickie Iles and Charlotte Stewart in Ottawa, Ontario. She has studied flute with Cathy Rollins in Ottawa, Ontario. Having completed her grade X piano, her grade IX voice and her grade VIII flute and all theory required for the Associate level, Olivia has a well-rounded approach to teaching. Olivia began teaching piano privately and MYC when she was 16 years old.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
David Riddell is the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Music for Young Children. David has a degree in Public and International Relations and began his career in Ottawa with Bank One VISA. David is bilingual and was the Marketing Manager to Small Business VISA Accounts before joining the Marketing team at Music for Young Children (MYC). As the Marketing Manager at RBC, David designed, implemented and followed through prospecting/recruiting/marketing campaigns geared to small business and the follow-through involved profiling, assessing the financial needs, managing and dealing with customer concerns on an on-going basis. His experience, enthusiasm, and dedication are fabulous! Once joining MYC, David created a website ad creator tool, the first standard-setting software for the industry. He has also implemented Digital Marketing, Google ad words and re-branding as well as launching a successful advertising campaign for MYC. David is a member of the Canadian Professional Speakers Association (CAPS) and was Treasurer from 2008-2010 and Marketing Director. David works closely with his business mentor with the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA) and attends Leadership Dialogues, which is an intensive leadership training course. David sits on the Board for Ottawa Arts Court and is Marketing Chair as well.
Office Manager & Human Resources Administrator
Susan Stewart is our Human Resources Administrator and Office Manager. She works very closely with Olivia and David to ensure MYC-Kanata meets our legislative responsibilities and is fully staffed and running smoothly. Susan has more than 15 years of Human Resources experience and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop’s University. Prior to MYC, Susan was the Director of Human Resources for a large information technology company in Ottawa. When not at hockey or ringette with her two children, Susan loves to spend time outdoors whether it is gardening in the summer or skiing in the winter.
Executive Assistant & Public Relations
Janice Reade has been working at MYC since 1992 and is often the first contact teachers have with MYC. She first met Frances Balodis, the Founder, in 1987 when her three year old son started music lessons. After he graduated, Janice continued in the program with her daughter and when she graduated, Janice took part in the adult program. After studying psychology at Carleton University, she worked at the Ottawa Journal as the editor responsible for organizing the transition to computer typesetting. Janice began working for Music for Young Children answering telephone inquiries and now as the Public Relations Manager is responsible for media coverage in newspapers and magazines. She works on special projects, on making corrections in student manuals and organizing the International Composition Festival, and is also the Executive Assistant for Olivia and David Riddell. Janice spends much of her free time as a scenic photographer and loves to cook.
Our Finance Officer, Gurpreet, has more than 15 years of finance experience in the Government sector as the Finance Officer specializing in immigration and citizenship. Gurpreet is married and has two sons. When not at basketball with her children, Gurpreet enjoys working out at the gym or catching up on reading novels. She also was a professional Indian folk dancer and performed at several events on Parliament Hill. If you have any finance questions, please contact Gurpreet.
Shipping & Purchasing Manager
Shipping Manager, Marguerite Black, has been working for MYC since 2004. Marguerite is responsible for shipping everything to MYC teachers and takes care of the depot in Ogdensburg, making sure it is well stocked. We are fortunate to have Marguerite in shipping because she is very well-organized and always thinking ahead to reorder supplies so we don’t run out. Marguerite is married and has a teenage daughter. Previous to MYC, Marguerite worked at Colonial Furniture for 20 years. Marguerite is a dedicated Dragon Boat paddler for the Carleton Place Canoe Club.
Ben Valiente is our Advertising Coordinator. He is thrilled to be part of MYC’s team and is eager to assist with all your advertising needs. Ben will be going into his final year in Advertising and Marketing Communications at Algonquin College this September. Before enrolling into the advertising program, Ben graduated in marketing. By utilizing his experience and knowledge, his goal is to ensure that both coordinators and teachers are able to achieve their goals. During his spare time, Ben enjoys playing volleyball and going out for a run.
Reception & Shipping Assistant
Claudette Brisson has been involved with Music for Young Children since 1987 when she began lessons with her daughter Kc in Frances Balodis’ class. Claudette started working part-time in the office in 1995 and full time in 1996 as the shipping manager. In 2003 Claudette left MYC for a different business adventure however, she has worked in the shipping department during the spring /summer /fall busy shipping period for several years. She is efficient, organized and seems very calm even in busiest shipping period. Her interests include collecting and refinishing antiques as well as quilting and stained glass art.
Founder — Retired
Founder — Retired
MYC® provides live phone support through the Head Office staff and Regional Coordinators. The MYC-Kanata newsletter shares teacher ideas, program successes and news.
Teachers are visited by a Regional Coordinator once a year at which time the teacher’s class or classes are observed and constructive suggestions and support are offered. Another form of support is the networking and professional development that occurs between teachers in the same Region (through by-annual meetings, seminars and smaller, locatilzed meetings). Read about our coordinators.