As need continues for its services, Harmony for Youth is looking for help

Organization seeking both new teachers and board members

Harmony for Youth, a local charitable organization focused on inspiring and motivating young people through music, is appealing to the members of the community for one of its most basic needs: teachers for its various musical programming.

Teachers of piano, drums, vocal and guitar are especially needed. “We are hoping to find someone to start up a rock-fun band as we have brass and other instruments not being used,” said Bonita Ovens-Taylor, the organization’s treasurer.

On that note, Harmony for Youth is also seeking new directors after losing several key members. Ovens-Taylor herself needs to step away after serving six years.

“Our bylaws state a two-year term and then you can volunteer to continue,” she added. “There are other people who need a break and to re-charge and turn over their present responsibilities to new members.

Ovens-Taylor believes the community will respond as they have in the past.

“You know the need in this community,” she said. “You know your own abilities. You have friends and neighbours that may be able to help us.”

In reaching out to Lambton Shield, Ovens-Taylor and her fellow board members at Harmony for Youth are hoping to extend the reach for help into the broader community.

Board members will be asked to contribute about 4-10 hours a month, possibly more.

Teachers need to figure on about 3-4 hours a week as a commitment.

Ovens-Taylor is asking those who may be interested in serving to contact her by June 20, 2018. She can be reached by email at ovens.taylor@gmail.com

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