Published: February 28, 2010

National Piping Centre searching for Development Officer following Canning’s resignation

Glasgow’s National Piping Centre is looking for someone to fill the role of Development Officer after Megan Canning resigned after three years in the post, accepting a new full time position with the charity, RIPPLE Africa, as its UK Project Manager. Canning will leave the Centre at the end of March.

The Development Officer role entails fundraising for the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, which the National Piping Centre maintains and oversees. The non-competing band comprises many of the country’s elite young pipers and drummers, staging performances throughout the year. The job focuses on sponsorship, grant applications, public relations, and, according to Canning, “convincing others of just how important piping is in Scotland.”

Canning, originally from San Francisco and who has been a member of Field Marshal Montgomery since 2006, will be directly involved with recruiting her successor, and invites interested applicants to contact her directly before March 12th. Further details about the job are available at the National Piping Centre’s website.

“I’ve had a fantastic time with the National Piping Centre over the past two years,” Canning said. “The NYPB is a brilliant project for young pipers and drummers in Scotland and is a very important and necessary addition to Scotland’s nation-wide youth music provision.   It seems self explanatory to many of us that piping and drumming is an essential part of Scotland’s historical and cultural tapestry, but it can sometimes be an uphill struggle to make sure that this important tradition receives the recognition it deserves. It has been a great pleasure to work with NYPB Director Alisdair McLaren and of course with Principal Roddy Macleod, and I’m glad I’ll have the opportunity to stay involved as a volunteer where I can.”

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland last year performed several concerts, most significantly at Edinburgh’s prestigious Usher Hall last November.

Although she will work mainly in the UK in her new job, Canning will travel frequently to Malawi. She first went to Malawi as a volunteer teacher for three months in 2006 after graduating from Glasgow University. She says the charity is an all-encompassing grass-roots approach to international development, and works to advance local education, healthcare, and the environment in a rural village in the northern part of the country.

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