Letter from David Evenchick
19 February 2019,
Dear SSSG cello students, parents, faculty and families
A teachers' dictum-that it is their goal is to teach their students to be independent learners, resilient to life's many changes and challenges, whether it be with their education, their career goals, or personal lives. As time moves inexorably on, none of us are immune from change and challenge. Even teachers need to draw deeply upon their independence and resilience.
The time has now come for me to inform you of my future plans. After months of soul searching I have decided that I will resign from the Suzuki String School of Guelph. By doing so now, it gives our hard-working board time to find the most qualified and suitable replacement, and it also gives us time to work together for the smoothest possible transition.
I am so grateful to you all for your support and your inclusion of me in your efforts to make music a part of your lives. I extend to you my most sincere thanks. Without doubt the school has an exceptionally devoted board, and a faculty rich in talent, expertise, dedication, and diversity. Working with you has been an honour and I send to you my genuine appreciation. Finally, special thanks go to Sandy who has so courageously and successfully stepped into the school in a "tour" year. I know you will all take the time to also thank her.
This has been such an extremely difficult decision. I needed to weigh my habitual life and career path against family harmony. While thinking about the satisfaction and excitement of being a part of our students' progress, I came also to see more and more clearly that our close relationships are to be cherished and not taken for granted. As I write I am feeling that you will understand this. Furthermore, I am confident that I will remain attached to the SSSG in one way or another.
So, when I tell you that there is joy, I am telling you that I am healthier and happier than I have been in many years. I think of all of you with great respect and affection. My association with you will remain a happy star forever.
Thank you so much, not only in granting me this year to "find myself" but also for the many years of personal growth in your midst.
Very best regards
2. Regarding David Evenchick's letter of resignation
Dear Suzuki families of David Evenchick's studio,
It is with sadness that we received David Evenchick's letter of resignation from the SSSG. In his time at the SSSG, David made an immense contribution to the school's cello program, school vision and a wide variety of events large and small. David's wonderful gifts as a teacher and human being are unique and abundant. In particular, his creativity and vision have been a huge asset to our organization.
For sure, we will want to celebrate David's time with us, and a special tribute will be organized at the Spring concert. If any of you would like to be involved in the organization of this tribute, please contact Paule Barsalou firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the months ahead, the SSSG will be conducting a teacher search to find a permanent replacement for David. The school has a very stringent hiring process and no efforts will be spared to find the best teacher possible for your children. We will be advertising this position throughout North America. We will keep you updated on our progress and when time comes for interviews, we will ask for volunteer students to have lessons with the candidates in front of the hiring committee to help us assess their teaching.
Again, we are very sad to lose David, but we are happy that he has found a new life in Montreal which gives him companionship and joy. We wish him much success in his new adventures!
Paule Barsalou, artistic director
Dorothy Vreeswyk-Kidd, chair of the board