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- Posted 2020-07-11 22:04:19

Bette Kalailieff had a vision. In 1986, as business manager of the Port Colborne Operatic Society, Bette approached a group of music teachers to discuss the feasibility of reviving the Festival.  In 1988, with the financial backing of PCOS, the Port Colborne Festival of the Arts was born and a two-day Festival was held. Bette's vision was to go beyond just Piano and Vocal classes and so, with that in mind, the Festival gradually expanded into other disciplines.

Each year, Bette & her husband Ed, devoted their time as volunteers during the days of the Festival and also attended many sessions as spectators. In time, Bette accepted a position on the Board of Directors and brought a wealth of knowledge to the meetings. She served as a member of the Finance Committee, lending her expertise there as well.  Over her 35 years of dedicated service, Bette was able to see the Festival expand to include Piano, Vocal, Individual Verse & Choral Speaking, Dance, School Bands & Choirs and Individual Instrumental classes. Thanks to Bette's vision, the current Festival of the Arts became a reality.

The Board of Directors is grateful for the generosity shown by so many who gave memorial donations, totaling $1,109.00, in Bette's name.

To honour Bette's vision and her dedication to the Port Colborne Festival of the Arts, the Board of Directors is pleased that the following dance scholarship will be presented annually in her name:

Bette Kalailieff Memorial Scholarship
Donated by Brett & Rachel Gracey
Highest Score for a Medium Group - any category

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