Yasi Tokunaga has been running the dance department at Th Boston Conservatory for many years and she is someone I respect a great deal- here is an e mail I sent her recently:
I heard you were leaving BC- Kate sent me the announcement
I just wanted to congratulate you and tell you how much I learned from you and have been and still am- impressed by you
this is how I think of you:
-you have run an EXCELLENT program for years under very difficult circumstances
-you have been brave, fair-minded, creative, adventurous, wise and truthful
-open and yet strong in your views
-kind and full of humour
-listened deeply to those around you when needed
-a smart collaborator
-an excellent teacher while administrating (and I am learning how difficult that is these days!!)
-an example and mentor to students and faculty alike
You should be very proud of what you have done and I am sure will continue to do in new forms...
and if you were in Canada I would nominate you for what we call here- The Order of Canada
a very prestigious award in this country
and you would more than deserve it....
We do not have the right kind of traditions to honour people like you appropriately
but I do honour you and respect you and thank you
please keep me informed of what you are doing once you leave...