Unison Announces Sheila Hamilton as Executive Director

Toronto, Ontario – October 24, 2011 The Unison Benevolent Fund is pleased to announce that Sheila Hamilton has accepted the position of Executive Director. Sheila has held this position on an interim basis since May 2011. This appointment takes effect immediately.

Sheila Hamilton has spent most of her career with the Canadian Country Music Association. When she originally began working with the CCMA, Hamilton handled public relations and administrative duties.  In 1988 she became the Association’s Executive Director and: participated in lobbying efforts with various levels of government, developed significant relationships with entertainment industry organizations in Canada, Nashville and Europe, and was key to the planning, execution and growth of the Association’s annual convention and nationally televised award show.  In 2007 Sheila was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame for her role in developing the association and the country music industry in Canada. Since leaving the CCMA in 2005, Sheila has remained active with the Association as a consultant and has worked with several national committees and non-profit organizations.

About her established role with Unison, Sheila comments: “I’m proud to be part of an organization that benefits the entire music community and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to help grow Unison for many years to come.”

Jodie Ferneyhough, Chair of the Unison Fund stated: “I am thrilled to have Sheila join us as the Executive director of the Unison Benevolent Fund. Her years of knowledge and experience are exactly what we need to move our organization forward.”

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance and referral program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community.  Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis. The first two priorities for Unison are the Emergency Relief Fund and the creation of a counseling service, similar to the Employee Assistance Programs often available to staff of larger organizations. Details on the launch of these services will be announced soon.

Those who are interested in: learning more about the Unison Benevolent Fund, making a donation, finding out how to help the cause, or accessing Unison’s services are encouraged to visit www.unisonfund.ca and register. Although registration is not required for services, it will expedite the process should an emergency funding request be made, and will also allow Unison to keep registrants up to date on discounts and benefits on offer.

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