John and Colleen Kosti are educators, musicians, artists and ordained ministers. Their desire to work as urban missionaries and creative artists brought them to realize the need for a place where their own daughters, and other creative people could be accepted and encouraged to discover, develop and express their creativity and talents, and thus the Spirit of Excellence Creativity Training Centre was birthed!
John and Colleen began their life together in full time business in beauty and education, owning a salon and school opening these since her days as an instructor at the college. Through their life journey they graduated from Bible School, took family counseling courses, which led to full time mission work, pastored a children department at a church in Michigan. After returning to Windsor they founded SOE and then shortly after miraculously obtained buildings in the historical Ford City Windsor.
A Registered Charity committed to Discovering, Developing & Activating Potential-Releasing Creativity-Relieving Poverty! Training for youth developing leadership & life skills of Excellence through the Arts, Music and a Lifestyle of Excellence!
Spirit of Excellence™ programs bring in people of all ages from all ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds. Sponsorship and scholarship programs enable students from underprivileged areas to participate fully. At SOE, we are all on the same team!
Within Windsor urban community, we have provided mentoring in the creative arts (including writing, dance, acting, music, drumming, flags, and more) and in personal and professional skills (including image & poise, communication & public speaking, hygiene, cosmetology, computer skills, and working with media).
The Spirit of Excellence Creativity Training Centre moved in 2015. The new location is at the Water’s Edge, the former Our Lady of the Rosary Church which was re-purposed into the Water’s Edge Centre. We are in the adjoining former Rectory and share the beautiful Ivy Courtyard and ground on Riverside Drive East.
Today, founders Colleen & John Kosti are going beyond the urban community to take the vision and expertise of SOE around the globe.