Michael Allen Westover Jones passed away in Orillia on January 19, 2022. Leadership educator, facilitator, and pianist, he touched many people with his sixteen piano recordings, and his stories. He earned a BA in Music and Psychology from Mount Allison University and a MA in Adult Learning from University of Toronto.
For over twenty years he was a thought leader with the MIT Dialogue Project, Banff Centre for Leadership Development, the Executive Leadership Programs at the University of Texas, San Antonio, The International Leadership Association and the Fetzer Institute Dialogues on Leading for Transformation. The Fetzer Institute supported the publication of The Soul of Place. The Brueninger Foundation hosted place-based retreats for three years at Wasan Island in Muskoka. He wove his music and place-based themes in multi-disciplinary conferences. More recently he integrated these themes into the Truth and Reconciliation workshops at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Truth and Reconciliation Round Table online and in Orillia.
Michael will be most remembered for his question, "Who will play your music if you don't?"