Our Team

  • Olivia Riddell

    President and International Director

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    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.

  • David Riddell

    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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    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.

  • Susan Stewart

    Office Manager & Human Resources Administrator

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    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.

  • Janice Reade

    Executive Assistant & Public Relations

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    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.

  • Marguerite Black

    Shipping & Purchasing Manager

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    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.

  • Wendy Rousselle

    Finance Officer

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    Wendy Rousselle is our Finance Officer and has more than 13 years’ experience working in finance as well as a diploma in Executive Business Administration from Willis College where she graduated head of her class. Wendy is responsible for all the accounting at MYC. She was born, raised and still resides in Carleton Place, where she raises her daughter and son with her boyfriend. She is passionate about gardening, cooking, doing outdoor activities and leading a healthy lifestyle.

  • Taylan Yu

    Advertising Coordinator

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    Taylan is a graduating student of the Algonquin College Public Relations program and Academic Success Ambassador for First Generation Students Algonquin. Previously, he has worked in the automotive industry specializing in digital marketing, copy writing, graphic design and business development. He prides himself on being a problem solver with a high-level of technical proficiency and is always excited to help MYC teachers achieve their advertising objectives. In his free time Taylan loves camping, learning to play the guitar as well as ukulele and volunteering through community initiatives such as the Celebration of People in Ottawa.

  • Claudette Brisson

    Reception & Shipping Assistant

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    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.

  • Frances Balodis

    Founder — Retired

  • Gunars Balodis

    Founder — Retired

MYC Support

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.