|Cecily Grant, Secretary and Jim Barrie, Principal
In 2003, Jim Barrie took over the Western Academy and held the summer school at Queen Margaret's School in Duncan, BC
on Vancouver Island. Cecily Grant took on the role of secretary and all-around assistant. The school was a complete success,
and lots of fun.The students were so eager to learn, and the afternoons of piobaireachd instruction with Willie Connell were
especially popular. The weather was perfect for the evening concert which was open to the public, and was even featured
in the local papers. The Seaforth Cup Challenge and handing out of certificates of participation on the final day ended the school
on a real high.
A second summer school was held at Queen Margaret's School in August, 2004, following the same format. Ann
Gray, Matt Turnbull and John Fisher joined Jim as instructors, and the students were enthusiastic in their praise.
Between summer schools, Jim works on his recording projects, has private pupils and holds piping workshops. He and
Cecily started a piobaireachd club in 2004.