A version of this letter was sent August 27th to all Donors eligible to vote at the upcoming AGM.
For the past several months I have remained publicly silent about the changes and the upheaval that have been taking place at JAZZ.FM91. My approach to everything I do has always been to carefully, thoughtfully consider all aspects of every situation, every request, every statement made by others. I endeavour to respond, not react. Most importantly, my goal is always to maintain the level of excellence and integrity exemplified by my late husband, Oscar Peterson. All that I do in my role as Trustee of his Estate, and in managing his legacy, is done with utmost care, protecting and preserving the music. The music is utmost.
It was with that in mind that I first joined the Board of JAZZ.FM91. This radio station is the only one of its kind in Canada, so it is the only radio station dedicated to the promotion and preservation of jazz, the music that steers my life. Music that so many enjoy, and that is currently enjoying a resurgence in public popularity. In addition to playing jazz on the air 24 hours a day, JAZZ.FM91 provides essential support to the jazz musicians and community of Canada, educates youth and adults, provides space for young musicians to perform and gain experience.
I have been deeply distressed and saddened by the events that have unfolded this year. Stunned by the original complaint from a group of current and former employees and contractors, all of whom had opportunity to speak with me (and other board members) at any time to voice their concerns, which they did not. As a Board, we took immediate action to address the complaints and concerns, and implemented further action based on the findings of the investigators. I am further saddened because it has now become apparent that the initial complaints were not the full agenda of a few people, as they have continued to cause harm to the radio station by spreading false information publicly, and in a very unkind way. This caused me even more distress because certain decisions had to be made by the station management, including the release of some of the on air talent, in order to manage the financial plight brought on by these events.
It is my sincere hope that we will be able to overcome the bitterness that has been shown, and continue to support the radio station that supports the MUSIC. I look forward to continuing to work diligently to support JAZZ.FM91, to support jazz, to listen to members and your ideas as well as concerns.
Thank you for your time and attention.