Kate McLoughlin, Chair
As an involved chorister parent, Kate has a vested interest in the choir and is committed to the continued success of Young Voices Toronto. Her background includes 15 years in integrated marketing on both client and agency side leading large teams across complex projects. Kate’s personal life has always had a foot in the non-profit sector and here she is dedicated to the incredible ongoing music education. She is frequently seen brought to tears by the sound of YVT performing in concert!
Ashley Hughson, Vice Chair
Ashley is a proud choir parent with a long history of commitment to the arts. As a professional actor and singer since age 8, she has performed across the United States on stage and screen. In her younger years she sang with many youth choirs from primary to university level. Her most recent move to Toronto with her family to support her husband Barry Hughson as the Executive Director of the National Ballet of Canada was also strategic step in furthering her own career. She is thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant arts community here in the city and sees YVT as a key organization in the music education of our children and the future of music in Toronto.
Uma Gopinath, Secretary
Uma joined us as Secretary of the Board in January 2017. She is very keen on bringing her corporate experience of 25+ years to non-profit organizations and is very excited to serve on the Board of Young Voices Toronto. She believes that choral music plays a key role in shaping the skills of children and young adults both in music and for real life.
Joanne Shi, Treasurer
As a proud choir parent, Joanne believes that the experience at YVT has enriched her children’s lives and helped them appreciate music more and see the world from a new perspective. Joanne joined the Board of YVT as Treasurer, bringing her 20+ years experience as a professional accountant in public accounting and large corporations. Her addition to the Board has helped the Choir strengthen its financial positions and improved its ability for future growth and serve the community.
Nicole Staples Dorey, Director
Catherine West, Director
Catherine West is the Additional Qualifications Coordinator for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and coordinates AQ music courses for the University of Toronto (OISE). She is a Basic Orff instructor for all Teacher Training Levels at the RCM and across the country, and the past editor of Ostinato, the national journal of Carl Orff Canada. Ms. West recently retired from the Toronto District School Board where her long career included a four-year term as Instructional Leader in music.