Barb von Thaden honed her high level of organization skills during 20 years working as an Executive Legal Secretary. After having children, she became Planning Assistant at the Canadian Space Agency, a role that involved matching educators and students with astronauts and scientists within the CSA Distance and Tele-Learning program. Having discovered an interest in education, she and Christie Huff developed extra-curricular lunch and after-school programs designed to enrich the learning experiences of St. Lambert Elementary School students through the Community Learning Center (CLC).
“Working with ELAN ArtEd has allowed me to discover how implicated artists are at different levels of the school system, and what their contributions make to the young minds of students. The artists encourage young talents to evolve and look into their own possibilities, discovering things they may not have the opportunity to know about themselves in their daily lives. ELAN ArtEd is opening many windows for Quebec youth, and I am enjoying my time helping bring the two worlds of art and education together.” Barb von Thaden
“The program administration was STELLAR… Barbara went above and beyond to make everything simple and accessible. Thank you for making this program run so smoothly so that we can focus our attention on the things that matter — creating magnificent art with the students!” Patrycja Maksalon, Spiritual Animator, Philemon Wright High School