Irene, born and trained in Scotland, is now into her 40th year of Teaching in Winnipeg. She is Director of the Irene Baird School of Highland Dancing; Fellow Examiner SDTA; Fellow UKA; an adjudicator on the SOBHD Judges’ Panel; Founding President and Independent Member ScotDance Canada; Founding President and Honorary Life Member ScotDance Manitoba; and an Honorary Life Member Manitoba Highland Dancers Association.
Irene is currently Past President of ScotDance Manitoba and serves as Executive Member with ScotDance Canada.

She has taught many workshops in various countries and enjoys her teaching, judging and examining tremendously. She is very appreciative of the many many true friends she has made in the World of Highland Dance.

Irene was recently delighted and honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Gold Medal. This honour was created by Her Excellency, Governor General of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson and is presented to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their nation, their community and their fellow Canadians