Started by the chaplain and music therapist as a way to offer spiritual and emotional comfort at celebration of life services, the George Pearson Centre Choir has become a place of support, healing and celebration for all.
Open to anyone (singers and non-singers alike!), the choir brings people together who might not normally have a chance to get to know each other, enabling them to connect in a unique and enjoyable way. “It helps to build a very supportive community experience,” notes one choir member.
The choir is always exploring and learning new types of music, performing at events such as the staff Christmas lunch.
At celebration of life services, the choir provides support and reassurance for family members and residents, while honouring the lives of the residents who have touched their lives. Occupational Therapist Taku Kawai shares that, “I hope our singing and music is the medium to speak to the heart of residents who pass, and to give some comfort to their family.”
But above all, they sing because it creates connection and it’s fun. As one choir member notes, “There is a lot of laughter during practices!”